Artists with the Olympic Driftwood Sculptors are shaping up their fifth show over Lavender Weekend, July 19-21, at Sequim Middle School, 301 Hendrickson Road.
Club co-founder Tuttie Peetz said the membership has grown so much since starting that it’s led them to find a bigger location at the school.
She said moving from the Sequim Prairie Grange last year to inside the city limits should help their attendance grow. More than 50 sculptors, many of them first-time artists, are expected to display at least 150 sculptures.
“I’m so excited about this group,” Peetz said. “We took away all the rules when we started to see how creative people can be. It might be why we’ve had so much growth.”
The club somewhat follows the ideology of the LuRon method, not using electric tools to shape the wood, but they expanded the ideology, called Above & Beyond, to incorporate mixed media.
Peetz said it’s common for visitors to have never seen driftwood art before because it predominately remains a Pacific Northwest art form despite driftwood becoming harder to find.
“You can find it near the water in the winter but not as much in the summer because more people visit then,” she said.
Club members also look in clear-cuts, in the woods and underground for roots because it’s more “found wood” than driftwood. Peetz said that’s how the new Above & Beyond method came about.
“We can take things we find, anything really, and incorporate it centered around the driftwood,” she said. “It’s exciting for us to do things differently.”
This year, Peetz and club members have high hopes of being at the school next to the Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club’s annual show. With the free bus transport stopping at the school, Peetz expects the two shows to be a good pairing.
At the driftwood show, there also will be demonstrations throughout the three days and a driftwood boutique with proceeds going to scholarships for local high school students who plan to study art in college.
Items include wreaths, pendants, necklaces, fridge magnets and more original driftwood creations. Peetz said this year they gave out two $750 scholarships.
To support the scholarship, they’ll raffle off “Forest Gem,” a “jam” piece made by several artists.
One-dollar tickets benefit the scholarships with the drawing held at the end of River Festival the last week of September where the club hosts a smaller show inside the Dungeness River Audubon Center.
Typically, Olympic Driftwood Sculptors hosts its annual show in March at the River Center and another at the River Festival. Members plan to do a month-long show at the Sequim-Dungeness Museum & Arts Center in 2014 and a show sometime in Port Angeles.
Club members don’t sell items at their show because they don’t want to jeopardize their 501 (c)(3) nonprofit status or create competition. Interested customers can leave a contact number on a card at the lavender show and the artist will contact them.
Olympic Driftwood Sculptors meets 10 a.m.-1 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Sequim Prairie Grange (Aug. 5 is the next meeting).
For more information, contact 683-6860 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.olympicdriftwoodsculptors.org.