WHAT IS THE SHUSWAP SCHOOL OF CARVING & ARTS?
The School consists of five days of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. classes, usually during the last week of September each year. There are generally 8 to 10 different classes offered during the week, with a maximum of 10 students per class. Most of the classes involve some form of wood carving, either with the use of hand or power tools --- for example, in-the-round birds, animals and marine life; relief carving; bark carving; northwest coast-style masks, rattles, etcetera; caricature carving . However, we have also offered classes in stone sculpture, painting and drawing, and basket weaving to provide a possible option for travelling companions with different interests. Have a look at the tabs above to learn more about the School and the classes offered.
SCHOOL ORGANIZERS - SHUSWAP CARVERS SOCIETY
The Shuswap School of Carving and Arts (originally called Shuswap School of Woodcarving) was founded in 2005 by a small group of like-minded artists who wanted to provide an opportunity for people like themselves to learn more about the art of carving from skilled artisans. Spearheaded by Mike Sykes, owner and operator of The Chip Bin, they quickly decided the best way to handle the School was to operate as a non-profit Society. The purpose of the Society, as stated in its Constitution, is to "encourage an active interest in carving: (a) As a non-profit organization formed for the mutual aid of carvers; (b) By providing a forum to further members' carving skills; (c) By increasing public awareness and appreciation of carving." The Society found an ideal location to hold the School on the shores of beautiful Shuswap Lake in the small community of Sorrento, BC. The work of putting on the School is all done by volunteer members of the Shuswap Carvers Society. The 2013-2014 Board of Directors/Volunteers are: President Les Eliason (Kamloops, BC), Vice-President Peggy Averill (Lacombe, AB), Treasurer/SSCA Coordinator Kathy Phoenix (Kamloops, BC), Recording Secretary Rose Grelson (Houston, BC), and Members-at-Large Vern Grelson (Houston, BC), Bill and Flo Thomson (Kamloops, BC), Gail Kopp (Lumby, BC) and Jim Begley (Kamloops, BC). We want to take this opportunity to "thank" outgoing President Bill Thomson and Member-at-Large LeRoy Scott for the work they did in their roles on the Executive and "welcome" new Directors Gail Kopp and Jim Begley. If anyone would like to get in touch with us, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-573-2277.
SCHOOL LOCATION - SORRENTO CENTRE RETREAT & CONFERENCE CENTRE
Nestled on the shores of Shuswap Lake in south central BC, Sorrento Centre has hosted our School since it began. It offers a variety of accommodation (lodge rooms, apartments, cabanas, RV camping and tenting) and meeting room space ideal for our School, cafeteria-style dining and other amenities that are well-suited to our needs. To learn more about Sorrento Centre, visit their website at www.sorrento-centre.bc.ca.