Largest Wood Art Show in the West Comes to Boise

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This weekend, one of the largest wood art shows in the West will carve a path into Boise. The Idaho Artistry in Wood Show runs Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boise Hotel and Conference Center.

"The five member organizations [Idaho Woodcarver's Guild, Treasure Valley Scrollers, SW Idaho Wood Turners Association, Idaho Gourd Society and Ada County Woodworkers Association] have created a unique event in which viewers can see outstanding work across the full spectrum of artistic work in wood in one location," said Douglas Rose, an event organizer. "To my knowledge there is nothing like it in the West and perhaps it is unique in the country."

About 180 artists, mostly from Idaho, have submitted more than 400 pieces of art carved from local and exotic trees. Some of the out-of-town wood carvers come from Utah, Washington, Oregon, Montana and as far as Florida.

Among the more recognized artists showing this year are former Boise State art professor John Taye, award-winning wildlife artist Lona Hymas-Smith and National Endowment for the Arts award recipient Tom Matus.

"One of the aspects of the show that appeals most to those with a serious interest in wood as an art medium is the opportunity to see work in a great variety of local and exotic woods," said Rose.

Visitors can expect to see pieces ranging from chain saw carvings in Idaho ponderosa pine to homegrown gourds from the Treasure Valley to works in local black walnut and aspen. Aside from pieces carved with local wood, artists will also show intarsia pieces—mosaic-like wood art using several woods in different natural shades to create images. Tropical wood fans can also expect to see exotic wood bowls and furniture.