2015 Kaw Valley Woodcarvers Annual Show

Ramada Topeka West 605 SW Fairlawn Road 
Topeka, Kansas 66606

The 36th Annual Kaw Valley Woodcarvers show will be November 21 – 22, 2015 in Topeka, Kansas. This is the weekend preceding Thanksgiving. The 36th annual show, sale and competition will be held at the Ramada Topeka West (formerly known as the Holiday Inn West Holidome), 605 SW Fairlawn Road. The show hours are Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-4.  A block of rooms has been set aside for our show on Friday and Saturday night. To reserve your room at the special rate of $85 plus taxes of approx. $15, call 785-272-8040. A buffet breakfast is provided each morning.

Members, vendors and exhibitors are invited to join us for breakfast before the show on Sunday at Coyote Canyon (8:45 – 10:15).  Great breakfast, great conversation & door prizes.

Exhibitors and Vendors

Moore Roughouts will be in attendance. Randy & Pat provide a large variety and selection of woodcarving roughtouts. Randy will have a limited supply of northern basswood available as well. For further information please check their website www.roughouts.com or call 1-800-825-2657.

For Questions: Darrel Kellerman, KVWC Show Co-Chair  785-817-4570.

Tables are sold out for the 2015 show. There is always the possibility someone may cancel. So if you are interested in attending, we will be glad to place you on a waiting list and will notify you should a table space open up.

Our show judge for this year will be Desiree Hajny. Desiree’s Biography follows:

Desiree Hajny of Blue Hill, NE has been involved in the arts for the past thirty-five years as a teacher in the public and private sectors, as the author of six books and contributor to seven others, and contributing editor to several periodicals in the United States and Europe. Desiree has been creating wood sculptures of mammals since 1985. Desiree’s beautiful and ornate carvings can be found nationally as well as internationally. In art competitions she has garnered twenty-five best-of-show honors, over one hundred fifty first place awards, and eighteen people’s choice awards. She continues to teach seminars throughout the United States and Canada, and in 1997 was asked to travel to Germany to consult on a book on carving a wolf. She has instructed seminars in thirty four states and three Canadian provinces. In seventeen of these states she has taught in more than one city. Desiree has served as judge in competitions in seventeen states and in eight states has judged in more than one city. She has also judged competitions in Canada. Commissions include Disney Animal Kingdom and the National Forest Products Association. Desiree was a founding member of the Caricature Carvers of America and the first female. In April of 2003 Desiree was the third recipient of the Wood Carving Illustrated Woodcarver of the Year award which is presented annually to national and international carvers. The Fall 2012 & Summer of 2013 issues of Woodcarving Magazine features a photo of one of her works on the cover. Plans for 2015 include trips to Texas, Pennsylvania, Connecticut,  Arizona, North Dakota, Colorado & Oregon.  Two new books by Desiree are due for release in 2015.

We will post information regarding special rates for the Ramada as soon as the information is provided.

We look forward to you attending our show as a visitor, exhibitor,competitor or to purchase carving supplies from one of our vendors.

2015 Kaw Valley WoodCarvers Show Chairman
Darrel Kellerman – co-chair
Jerry Claude – co-chair

Rules and Categories for judging 2015

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