The 25th annual art show will be held in the Penn State Brandywine Commons/Athletic Center Gymnasium from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 1 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 2. The event will feature carvings and pictures available for sale, demonstrations, door prizes, books, tools, and supplies. Admission is $4.00 with proceeds benefiting the Penn State Brandywine Scholarship Fund; children under 12 years old are free with an adult. Parking is free and snacks will be available for purchase. For more information contact [email protected].
The William Rush Chapter of the National Woodcarvers Association takes its name from William Rush (1975-1833), a colonial Pennsylvanian who was apprentinced under his father in the shipbuilding trade. Rush's interest turned to woodcarving, and his frigate figureheads established his fame. He worked from a shop in Philadelphia, carving not only ship figureheads, but also allegorical figures and life-sized busts.
Penn State Brandywine is located at 25 Yearsley Mill Road in Media.
Woodcarvers Honor "Carver of the Year"
Don Storey's carving career began with bird carving kits he received from his mother-in-law. He learned the art of carving from books of well-known carvers, a few years of trial and error, and through several carving classes, and has since come close to perfecting his art. So much so, in fact, that Storey has been named Carver of the Year by the William Rush Woodcarving Club.
Storey, of Media, has been carving for more than 25 years—he took on this hobby full time after retiring from Interboro High School after 36 years of teaching—and this year marks his 19th participating in the William Rush Woodcarving and Wildlife Art Show to be held November 1st and 2nd at Penn State Brandywine.
Storey's said his wife of 44 years, Carol, has been both his inspiration and critic. As a result of her love and knowledge of birds—she is a long-time bird watcher—she has helped him tremendously. His career in woodcarving began with ducks, but he has since moved on to songbirds, birds of prey, and miniatures. Storey has carved 52 different birds and is currently working on the 53rd addition to his collection.
The William Rush Woodcarving Club said it "considers it an honor to recognize Don for his active participation in our club and looks forward to many more years."