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Harry Whitehorse International Wood Sculpture Festival will explore Indigenous heritage

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Ho-Chunk Nation sculptor Harry Whitehorse (Photo supplied.)

The inaugural Harry Whitehorse International Wood Sculpture Festival will feature cultural presenters, live performances and art demonstrations as part of a full week of events and activities at San Damiano Monona from June 14-22.

“We look forward to welcoming the community to San Damiano Monona for what is sure to be a truly immersive and unforgettable experience,” said artist Gene Delcourt, founder of the festival, in a statement. “Over nine days, the festival will pay tribute to the legacy of Harry Whitehorse and celebrate an art form that is significant both culturally and artistically.”

The Harry Whitehorse International Wood Sculpture Festival will pay homage to Whitehorse and will showcase the artistry of wood sculpting through a weeklong artist-in-residence program. With participation from 12 world-renowned sculptors, the festival draws inspiration from international sculpture symposiums and aims to cultivate connections between diverse local communities, Indigenous artists and global talents.

Festival attendees can explore the property’s small arboretum of trees and variety of native and migratory wildlife while experiencing live wood sculpting demonstrations by world-renowned artists, cultural performances, traditional Ho-Chunk art exhibitions, food vendors and more.  For a full list of the festival schedule of events and activities, click here.