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Feature Your Woodturned Pieces in the AAW Instant Gallery

There are many reasons why the AAW International Woodturning Symposium is the can’t miss event for hobbyists, experienced woodturners, artists, collectors and vendors, and one of them is the Instant Gallery, open to all registered attendees! If you are a woodturner, bring some of your favorite pieces to display in the gallery. If you are just an admirer, the Instant Gallery is free and a great way to see hundreds of unique woodturned items and art. This article should answer some of your burning questions about the Instant Gallery.

I'm a woodturner, how many pieces can I feature in the Instant Gallery?

Registered AAW Symposium attendees may enter up to three pieces.

How do I enter my pieces?

When you enter the Instant Gallery, go to the Instant Gallery registration desk and fill out a form for each piece you enter. This form includes your contact information, title, price, wood species, and a description of the piece. One copy of the completed form will be displayed with each piece in the Instant Gallery, one will be given to you, and one copy will be filed at the Instant Gallery registration desk. You will need to show your copy of the form to the volunteers at the Instant Gallery desk to remove your pieces from the gallery.

Can I sell my pieces?

Yes, you can sell your art in the Instant Gallery. Your contact information is on your Instant Gallery form. If someone is interested in purchasing your piece, they can get in touch with you to arrange the purchase. The AAW does not handle individual sales. If the piece is not for sale enter "NFS" for the price.

Are there beginner turner pieces, or just advanced artists? How do I know my piece is "good enough?"

Your piece is “good enough,” so please bring it to share with other turners and wood art admirers. Remember that attendees are at all stages of their woodturning journey.

How secure is the Instant Gallery?

There has never been a loss of any item in the Instant Gallery. The Instant Gallery is locked during non-exhibition hours and the convention center has full security. While the Instant Gallery is open, it is managed by many volunteers. There is also a process for checking items in and out of the gallery.

Do I have to spend time in the Instant Gallery with my piece to talk about it?

There is no requirement to spend time in the Instant Gallery to talk about your piece. Some woodturners do spend time in the Instant Gallery to talk with individuals, but it is entirely up to you whether you want to do this.

How big can my piece be?

Woodturned artwork comes in all sizes, but when deciding what to display, keep in mind that many others will also be bringing artwork to display. Please try to limit your three pieces to no more than a 2 ft x 2 ft area.

My piece hangs or needs a stand. Will you have stands, or should I bring it?

If you need special stands or displays, you should bring them with you.

I'm flying. Do I have to bring my piece on the plane, or can I send it in advance?

This year, AAW does not have a shipping address for receiving Instant Gallery pieces in advance. Please bring your pieces with you or make your own arrangements for shipping and receiving your work.

Will my piece be critiqued or judged?

Your piece will not be critiqued or judged unless you agree to it.

What types of critiques will be done at the symposium?

An Intimate Critique - Looking for one-on-one feedback on your own work from an experienced professional?  The intimate critique is for you. These short, focused critiques are offered Friday and Saturday over the lunch hour. Sign up by the Instant Gallery check-in table. Limited spots available, so sign up early!

An Instant Gallery Critique - Work selected from the Instant Gallery by a panel of arts and woodturning professionals will be critiqued Sunday morning. The discussion is always lively, interesting, and informative. If you would like your work to be considered, check the box on your Instant Gallery intake form when you submit your pieces. Even if you check the box, your piece may not be selected by the committee for the critique. There is only enough time to critique approximately 25 pieces during the allotted time.

How do I donate artwork for the Silent Auction?

If you have an item you would like to donate to the Silent Auction, please take the piece to the Instant Gallery registration desk. You will be asked to fill out a donation form with information about your piece. You have an option to donate 100% of the proceeds to the AAW, or to receive 50% of the proceeds, with the AAW receiving 50%. Please consider donating to the Silent Auction.

Click the link below to learn more about what is planned for the AAW Symposium this year and to register.

Grab your favorite woodturned pieces to display in the Instant Gallery and register today!


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