2019 CELEBRATION AND REUNION SHOW
     Dayton Artistry in Wood Committee (AIW) announces the 2019 CELEBRATION AND REUNION SHOW for October 12 and 13 as the FINAL woodcarving show in its 38th season. Since its first show in 1981 at the Dayton Convention Center, 18 annual shows at Hara Arena, 14 shows at the Dayton Airport Exposition Center and 3 shows at Roberts Centre, Wilmington, OH, Artistry in Wood has continued to be the premier event of its kind with over three thousand visitors and approximately two hundred exhibitors and vendors each year.
     The AIW Committee planned and worked tirelessly throughout the year preceding each show to provide the best conditions and atmosphere that would be inviting for creative exhibitors and well stocked vendors to showcase the art in wood in an attractive manner as well as being inviting to visitors to experience a show that was better than the previous years resulting in returning exhibitors and visitors alike. Often considered a once in a lifetime kind of show exhibitors and visitors become returning participants after their first time. The positive reputation of Dayton Artistry in Wood grew with each successive show reaching a high plateau of success.
     Given all these positive characteristics of this show, it was a very difficult decision for the AIW Committee to consider the future of the show. Entering the process was the realization that the woodcarving and woodworking community has changed in recent years. The average age of club members continues to rise at a rapid rate as few younger people are interested in hands-on types of activities like woodcarving and woodworking. As members, age, illness, and death are shrinking participation. Fewer and fewer are able to volunteer and help with club activities, shows and, leadership positions. Almost all of the current AIW committee members have served many years and as they also are growing older, there is no pool of younger volunteers or leaders to assume this necessary and valuable investment of planning and orchestrating the kind of show that Artistry in Wood has become. Accordingly, the same situation exists with veteran exhibitors and vendors who are also experiencing the limitations of growing older and the unplanned effects of health limitations. The AIW committee has been aware of some downturn in the participation of the aging exhibitors and vendors as well as visitors who were buying patrons of exhibitors' art and vendors' supplies. The conclusion being that at some time soon all these factors would affect the quality of the AIW Show. Adding to the committee's deliberation was the conclusion that it would be better to have a final show reflecting an upbeat position of Celebrating the accomplishments as well as hosting a Reunion of show participants for one last time.
     The 2019 Artistry in Wood show is cutting no corners in presenting the best show possible to be a lasting memory of the distinguished history and contributions to woodcarving and woodworking since 1981. Join us in making this a memorable event at the end of the journey of Artistry in Wood and at its best.
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