Labor Day weekend will feature two artistic events in the area: Carve for Kids and Arts Off 84 Art Crawl.
This will be the second year that the Carve for the Kids chainsaw carving event in Hackensack benefits area youth. The event will be held Friday-Sunday, Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
Last year’s event at Detour North in Hackensack raised $5,300 to be donated to local Boy Scout troops and other area youth groups. Organizer Christopher Kuehn hopes to repeat that success this year.
The event is not like other chainsaw carving events. Instead of having a large group of chainsaw carving artists together for a competition, Carve for the Kids has a group of five artists (counting Kuehn) in what is described as an intimate event. Using connections in the chainsaw carving world, Kuehn seeks the best artists he knows.
“We decided to highlight the best of the local guys, but we got world class carvers,” Kuehn said.
This year’s event will host U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship award-winners Curtiss Ingvoldstad and Dave Parsons, among others. During the three-day event these carvers will grind wood into piles of sawdust and works of art for sale at a charity auction at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1. Half of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to youth organizations, the other half will go toward paying artist expenses. Kuehn also donates all the results of his sales.
“It’s pretty small, but it’s effective,” Kuehn said.
Last year, bidding prices ranged from $50-$2,200 for the approximately 60 pieces.
Passersby are invited. There will be pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, chips and soda at the event. Each day of the event will feature a “quick carve” at 1 p.m. where artists will work on pieces that will take shape quickly before spectators’ eyes.
Billed as a fun, family-friendly event, the sixth annual Arts Off 84 Art Crawl will take place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, along Highway 84 between Pine River and north of Longville.
Arts Off 84’s mission is to promote works of local artists and provide an art presence to the Pine River, Longville and surrounding areas. This juried event features high-end art forms as well as quality handcrafted items. There are at least 80 artists participating this year.
“The level of the art is what brings so many people to it. They know it isn’t flea market items. It’s real art. It’s a way to make it more appealing to a wider audience,” said John Wetrosky.
Participants should watch for the Art Crawl signs the days of the event to guide them to the artist locations.