February 13, 2014
Around a dozen artists specializing in woodcarving, burning and turning will showcase a variety of artistic and functional pieces of art during Eagle Creek Park’s annual Woodcarver and Turner exhibit and sale Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23 at the park’s Earth Discovery Center, 5901 Delong Road.
Every year, hobbyists and professional woodcarvers travel from across the state to participate in the event, even as far as Floyds Knobs, Ind. down by the Kentucky border, said Leah Frenzel, Eagle Creek Park naturalist and organizer of the exhibit.
“You’ll find up to seven artists transforming chunks of wood into elaborate art right before your eyes,” Frenzel said. “It’s always interesting to mingle with the artists, learn more about their inspiration and even the history behind the wood.”
For the most part, items on display revolve around wildlife, flora and fauna and/or traditional Native Americans. In the past, sculptures have incorporated a wide variety of woods ranging up to statues 4 feet high.
Frenzel encourages guests to bring the whole family as they have a designated area for children to try their hand at carving bars of soap using various kid-friendly tools.
Many of the items will be for sale. A percentage of proceeds from sales will benefit the Eagle Creek Park Foundation (ECPF), a nonprofit membership-based organization that helps protect, promote, enhance and support the future of one of the nation’s largest city parks.
The exhibit runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free with park entry, which is $5 for Marion County residents. The Eagle Creek Park Foundation offers annual gate passes which waive the daily gate entrance fee for parkgoers who visit the park frequently.
For more information, call the Earth Discovery Center at 317.327.7148.