Gathering Of Woodcarvers Woodcarving Art Festival 2020
September 25 - 27 Sandwich, IL
Update: Coronavirus Strikes G.O.W.
I am VERY sorry to inform you that, due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus our September Gathering of Woodcarvers Woodcarving Art Festival 2020 will, regrettably be cancelled. Understandably, with the uncertainty of future events, there have been very few registrations. None in fact, since the beginning of quarantines.
It's unclear, at this point, whether there would even be lodging available and we certainly do not want to put people at risk of catching this terrible and deadly disease.
Please believe that we would not casually cancel G.O.W. At the same time, I would not forgive myself if any became ill due to my negligence.
I hope you will understand and consider returning to attend G.O.W. 2021 (assuming of course, we are able to hold that). Watch for updates concerning the Gathering, on this website.
Thank you for your support of our program. Please take good care.
May you and yours be well,
Mike Noland, Show Chairman
Gathering Of Woodcarvers - 2020
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"a Perfect Vision in Wood"
2020 is the fourth consecutive year of operation for the new Gathering of Woodcarvers Woodcarving Art Festival. Held at the Fairgrounds in Sandwich, IL, the G.O.W. convenes once annually to create an opportunity for carvers, from novice to expert, to study with some of the most talented professional woodcarvers in the U.S.A. Class size is limited to 12 students, allowing more direct interaction between student and instructor than would be possible with a larger group. This makes it imperative to submit your registration as early as possible. Classes are filled on a "first paid, first seated" basis. Once a class is full additional registrants will be contacted and offered a choice of being placed on a waiting list for any openings that become available, a seat in any other available class or a full refund of monies paid.
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