By Rebecca Grandbois, from Jemez Thunder, October 01, 1997
The Southwest Stone Carving Symposium, held Sept. 4-9 at Hummingbird Music Camp, was a great success for the second year in a row. Jemez Springs resident and symposium organizer Rollie Grandbois stated, “A good time was had by all participants. The symposium promises to keep growing as a quality educational experience offered in this unique and culturally rich atmosphere.” Many New Mexican artists participated, as well as artists from California, Washington, North Carolina, Oregon, Canada and Germany. Instructors and tool and stone vendors came from New Mexico, Texas, Washington, Vermont, Colorado, Utah and California. The symposium instructors are full-time stone carvers who are internationally known for their sculpture.
Highlights of the symposium included a mold-making demonstration by Ana Neighbor of the Pueblo of Nambe; a slide show of the participants’ artwork; a plaster-casting demonstration; and an open house/exhibition of artwork created by the participants. Rollie said that one-third of the symposium’s participants were first-time stone carvers who either completed or partially finished their sculpture. This six-day course presented intensive sessions in Direct Stone Carving for Beginners; Designing and Roughing Out; Sculpture Refinement; Carving Marble; and Mold-Making.
The Third Annual Southwest Stone Carving Symposium is now being planned, and people are already on the list. A special session is also being planned for a group from Japan. The organizers wish to thank the Jemez Springs community for attending the open house and for their support of this event. For more information about the 1998 symposium, call 829-3588.