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Woodcarving Art Show and Sale Nov. 5-6

10/28/2011 —


Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, November 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Commons Building Gymnasium

The 28th Annual William Rush Woodcarving and Wildlife Art Show and Sale will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Penn State Brandywine Commons Building Gymnasium.

The event will feature hand-carved birds, animals, marine life, wildlife art and more for sale, all created by skilled artists. Door prizes will be awarded every hour; books, tools and supplies will be offered for sale and carving demonstrations will be held. The price of admission is a $4 donation benefiting the Penn State Brandywine Scholarship Fund. Children aged 12 and under are free.

Annually, as part of the Art Show and Sale, the chapter names a William Rush Carver of the Year. This year’s winner is Kenneth Phillips, who has been working with wood since childhood. He served in the Army Reserves for 11 years, spent more than 20 years as a ship draftsman/designer for Sun Ship Building and Dry Dock, Co. and served an additional 20 years as a mechanical design jobber.

Phillips said his father taught him everything he knows about wood carving. After his retirement, Phillips joined carving groups at the Folsom Senior Center (where he later taught) and the Aston Community center and went on to serve as vice president of the William Rush Chapter for one year. He enjoys sharing his love of wood carving with others and continues to attend classes twice per year at the Wallingford-Strath Haven Community Adult School.

Phillips has won several blue ribbons and is especially proud of his carvings of a mountain lion and grey wolf. He particularly enjoys carving wildlife and is an avid outdoorsmen. He enjoys spending time with his daughters and grandchildren when he is not fishing, target shooting or tending to his pond.

The William Rush Chapter of the National Woodcarvers Association takes its name from William Rush (1975-1833), a colonial Pennsylvanian who was apprenticed under his father in the shipbuilding trade. Rush’s interest turned to woodcarving, and his frigate figureheads established his fame. He worked from a shop in Philadelphia, carving not only ship figureheads, but also allegorical figures and life-sized busts.

For more information on the Art Show at Penn State Brandywine, contact Al Bailey at 610-494-2781.

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