Collaborations at the Echo Lake Conferences:
The First Ten Years
(June 6 – July 19, 2008)
About Collaborations at the Echo Lake Conferences: The First Ten Years
Over 10 years, experts in wood, metal, and glass have shared their methods and collaborated to reach creative new results. This exhibition reflects the thoughtful and delightful results of interacting and experimenting with like-minded makers on the same short deadline.
Echo Lake is an annual event that started in 1999 in Bucks County, PA with Dave Hardy, Mark Sfirri and Bil Sticker planning and coordinating the event. The name is in recognition of the model for collaborative creative events, “Emma Lake,” a biennial event in Saskatchewan, founded by artist Michael Hosaluk. The objective at Echo Lake is to bring together a diverse group of artists for several days with few expectations other than people working collaboratively and creatively to make things. New skills and new friends evolve during these intense days together.
Over the years, internationally known artists have participated in Echo Lake. This has included 24 artists from the Wood Turning Center’s residency program, the International Turning Exchange (ITE). The mix typically includes 30-40 wood turners and carvers, furniture makers, painters, glass, and metal workers – and creates a diverse group for three days of collaboration, community, and fun.
Lynne Eshleman Brolly