Dayton Artistry In Wood Show Has New Ohio Home

The Dayton Artistry In Wood Show has a new home at Roberts Centre, Wilmington, Ohio convening the second weekend of October each year. The 2018 show dates are October 13 and 14. This annual two-day show has been in existence since 1981and has grown into one of the premier shows of its type hosting over two hundred world-class artists in wood from over twenty-five states, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Artistry in Wood is not your grandfather's whittling sticks nor your grandmother's plastic flower crafts as it is NOT a flea market nor a craft show. Each woodcarving and wood working object is created as one of a kind work of art that is museum quality and suitable for the discerning collector. First-time visitors as well as returning visitors to the show are amazed in the creative beauty in the design and execution of a work of art in the medium of wood. This one of a kind and individually created wooden art creations are not mass produced but lovingly shaped and styled by the artistic skill of each artist. Besides being able to view a wide variety of created art in wood, the visitor has the rare opportunity to talk with each artist by asking questions about the why and how a particular item was created.

Returning visitors to the show know what to expect while first-time visitors are invited and encouraged to explore much of what the show has to offer as well as the opportunity to purchase unique collectibles, gifts, and supplies.

The show is showcased in the beautifully appointed ballroom of Roberts Centre. Roberts Centre hosts adequate free parking as well as a Holiday Inn, Max and Erma's Restaurant and a food concession in the exhibition hall/ballroom.

One day admission to the show is $8.00 or $10.00 for two-day admission. Many choose the two-day admission because there is so much to see and experience for the serious visitor. Upon entrance, each visitor will receive an Exhibitor List Floor Plan and Demonstration Schedule.

Of course, the main feature is to explore each display table to view the creative works of art in wood, visit with the artist as desired and purchase items of choice.The display tables of the two hundred exhibitors will be in the main center section of the floor plan within spacious rows of tables. Each display will be unique based upon the individual creativity of each artist. Some displays with showcase one type and style of carving or wood work while others may have a great variety of themes and subjects. There will be wood turnings, fine furniture, toys, scroll sawing, clocks, decorative wall hangings, decorative boxes and other wood working pieces. Woodcarving will display wildlife animals, birds, decoys, fish, turtles and animals in realistic, stylized or caricature interpretations. Some woodcarvings will showcase human figures and busts in realistic sculptures, caricature andstylized. Dolls, Santa, mystical and fantasy themed figures as well as ornaments, jewelry or decorative objects. Relief carvings in a variety of subjects as well as wood burned pyrography offers another style of carvings. Chip Carving in variety of decorative expressions, religious-themed carvings, and carvings using cottonwood bark, cypress knees, and other found wood can be viewed as well. All of which adds up to surprises and amazement from table to table around the exhibition hall.

Any competition ribbons that are displayed on any of the tables reveal the participants in the judged competition of 294 woodcarving entries and 54 woodworking entries. Best of Show, Second and Third Best of Show ribbon will be on the tables of the recipients of those awards.

Guest Artist Fred Zavadil and his Special Exhibit is located in the center section of the ballroom adjacent to main entrance. Fred's specialty is custom wood carving in the traditional European style. His unique hand carvings make beautiful additions to private residences, churches, schools, institutions, and any places in need of original art. Fred has received Best of Show honors at Artistry ln Wood as well as other prestigious art shows. To preview his creativity, visit his web site at

The Woodcarving Illustrated/Fox Chapel Publishing Demonstration area is located in the northeast corner of the exhibition hall. Demonstrations on a variety of subjects related to woodcarving and woodworking will be presented through both Saturday and Sunday by the respected and knowledgeable artist.

The Western Ohio Woodworkers Children's Workshop area is located in the northwest corner of the exhibition hall. The Children's Workshop is an exciting place for children to be mentored by members of the Western Ohio Woodworkers in putting together a variety of projects from a bird house, tool box, bird feeder and other put-together kits in a hands-on activity. The smile on each child's face tells how much fun was experienced.

Around the outer perimeter of the exhibitor hall, the twenty-five vendors will be located. The vendors offer for sale tools, supplies, books, wood, roughouts, and items of interest for anyone who wants to add to their woodcarving or woodworking skills.

Adjacent to the main entrance on the outer perimeter is the Raffle Booths where prizes are on display for the raffle including 100 carving ornaments by Dayton Carving Guild members.

Other attractions include: ~ A Silent Auction of donated wooden creations will be on display both days with the final bids announced on Sunday afternoon. ~ On Saturday afternoon an ornament carving contest may be viewed as individual participants gather in a designated area to put the final detail on their projects. ~ The Magazine Exchange table is close to the Raffle Booth where donated magazines may be received for a free will donation.

A Food Concession offers a variety of sandwiches and menu items with a place to sit down to eat, rest and converse with one another to be nourished and rested to continue exploring all that Artistry in Wood has to offer.

First-time visitors may become interested in exploring either woodcarving or woodworking as a hobby pursuit or be inspired to pick up again an earlier interest in these activities. Artistry in Wood is an excellent way to be inspired and encouraged to appreciate the art of wooden creations and have the opportunity to talk with those who are showing their creations.

The Artistry in Wood two day show on October 13 and 14 is conveniently located within an hour's drive of Columbus, Cincinnati, Chillicothe and Dayton. The Roberts Centre is located at exit 50 of Interstate 71 and State Route 68 with the ease of abundant parking and beautiful ballroom/exhibition hall. Perhaps the biggest draw is the wonderful people visitors will have the opportunity to meet surrounded by beautiful works of art in the medium of wood. At the heart of Artistry in Wood since its beginning in 1981 is the commitment to give to charities of the United Rehabilitation Services and Partners Against Crime with the gift of $147,000.00 to date. So, in a real sense Artistry in Wood is a gift given in more ways than one. Come to experience that gift.

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