President: Donald Buss Vice President: Paul Yarrows Treasurer: Mel Connell Member at Large/Member Records: Tony Filetti Newsletter: Floyd Lombardi Web Site: Alison Currie Show/Competition: Chris Nilsen Membership: Wayne Kidd Librarian/Property: Jim Butlin Past President: Richard Kaper
Genesee Valley Woodcarvers (GVW) is a carving club based in Rochester, New York. The club was founded to provide a forum for woodcarvers to meet, exhibit their work, share experiences, and exchange information. GVW has an extensive lending library of books, periodicals, video tapes and other reference materials.
Part of GVW's mission is to promote woodcarving as an art form rather than merely a hobby. To increase public awareness of the woodcarving art, members demonstrate, exhibit, and sell their work both locally and nationwide. GVW members have been named Wildfowl Artist of the Year at the New York State Fair, won awards at the Annual Ward World Championship in Ocean City, Maryland, the Southwest Florida Exposition in Fort Myers, Florida, and many other national shows and competitions. To perpetuate the art form, members also teach classes and host informal carving groups.
The Genesee Valley Woodcarvers (GVW) are celebrating their 39th anniversary in 2014. From the first meeting of six people in the fall of 1975, the organization has nearly 100 members from Monroe and the six surrounding counties in New York.