Oregon Coast woodcarver Brian McEneny will celebrate 45 years in the business with an open house and book launch at his Seal Rock Gallery this Saturday, June 1.

The event will showcase two dozen new sculptures that McEneny has been working on throughout the winter as well as being the official release for “Carving Out A Life,” a 324-page flip book chronicling McEneny’s journey from professional skier to chainsaw sculptor through poetry and prose. Signed copies of the book will be available at the gallery throughout June.

McEneny moved to Seal Rock and started chainsaw carving in 1974. He and his wife, Sue, built the current gallery in 1989 to display Brian’s wood sculpture and serve as a working studio. Throughout the years, the gallery has evolved and features numerous artists who also work exclusively with wood.

“Over the last 45 years we’ve seen many viable businesses come and go in Newport and south Lincoln County, “ McEneny said. “We feel very fortunate we’re still going strong with a business that produces and sells wood sculpture. We want to express our deepest gratitude for all the support that we have received from the local community over the years.”

Saturday’s party will run from 1 to 3 pm at Brian McEneny Woodcarving Gallery, 10751 NW Pacific Coast Hwy, Seal Rock. Light refreshments will be served.

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