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The 2019 Rio Grande Valley Woodcarving Show will be held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11-12, at the Nomad Shrine Club, located at 1044 W. Nolana, Pharr.

If you can imagine it, they can probably carve it. Hundreds of exhibits in approximately 27 show categories will be on display during this popular two-day event.

Categories include carvings of animals, mythical creatures, jewelry, carousel animals, knife carvings, wooden toys, spoons, gourds, bowls and wood burning. Most categories also include sub categories.

Admission for the event is $3 and door prizes will be given every 30 minutes with three large door prizes given at the end of the show.

Entries will be judged by Charlotte Phillips and Desiree Hajny. Two prolific carvers known for their unique styles.

Phillips is from Fort Worth Texas and known for her delicate floral carvings, Indian baskets and female caricatures. Her unique carving style and original designs were quickly honored as award winners in regional and national shows.

Hajny, of Blue Hill, Neb. has been involved in the arts for the past 32 years as a teacher and is the author of six books. She has been creating wood sculptures of mammals since 1985. She has garnered 25 best of show honors, more than 150 first-place awards and 18 people's choice awards. She has instructed seminars in 34 states and three Canadian provinces.

Hajny was a founding member of the Caricature Carvers of America and the first female. In 2003 she was the third recipient of the Wood Carving Illustrated Woodcarver of the Year.

Rally on the Rio

The two-day woodcarving show will be followed by the 2019 Rally on the Rio, Monday through Saturday, Jan. 14-19, at the Nomad Shrine Club. The rally is an opportunity for woodcarvers of all skill levels (and those wanting to learn) to participate in carving, pyrography and painting classes with nationally known instructors.

There will also be carving supplies available and carvers can have their tools sharpened. Classes begin at 8 a.m. and will conclude by 4:30 p.m. each day.

For more information, visit rgvwoodcarvers.org or call Fred Stenman at (320) 253-2132 or Jim Crawford at (956) 279-6013

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