‘Maine Wood’ biennial opens at Messler Gallery

Jan 17, 2014
A detail from Ray Carbone’s 2013 “Augury Table” illustrates the level of work in “Maine Wood 2014.”

Rockport — “Maine Wood 2014” will open with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception Friday, Jan. 24, at the Messler Gallery at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, 25 Mill St. at the corner of Route 90. The public is encouraged to attend.

“Maine Wood” is a juried, biennial exhibition designed to showcase the breadth, creativity and excellence of Maine’s furniture makers, turners, carvers and sculptors. For 2014, the center received 88 submissions from 40 Maine artists and artisans.

“This is our fourth biennial,” said Peter Korn, the center’s executive director, “and the submissions just keep getting better and better.”

Furniture makers in the show include Nick Barboza, Bangor; Virginia Blanchard, Thomaston; Eben Blaney, Edgecomb; Judy Bonzi, Rockport; Ray Carbone, Steuben; Wayne Hall, Orland; Gregg Lipton, Cumberland Center; Brian Reid, Rockland; Kevin Rodel, Brunswick; Michaela Crie Stone, Rockport; and David Talley, Tenants Harbor.

Woodworkers, sculptors, carvers and turners are Clara Cohan, Cape Elizabeth; Richard Kaeyer, Owls Head; Albert Kolodji, Yarmouth; Jim Macdonald, Burnham; Jonathan Moro, Rockport; Stephen Porter, Searsmont; Malcolm Ray, Damariscotta; Cynthia V. Smith, Gorham; and Hank Tyler, Hallowell.

Jurors for this year’s biennial were Asa Christiana, editor of Fine Woodworking in Newtown, Conn.; Jonathan Fairbanks, director of the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass.; and Laura Mays, director of the Fine Woodworking Program at College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, Calif.

Nearly $2,000 in prizes donated by generous corporate sponsors will be awarded at the opening reception. These include gift certificates from Maine Coast Lumber for Best New Maker; from DMT Diamond Whetstones for Best Original Design; from Rare Woods for Best Use of Wood; from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks for Jurors’ Best in Show; from Fat Andy’s Hardwoods for Outstanding Craftsmanship; and from Woodcraft of Newington for Best in Furniture. There also is a cash prize from Holt & Bugbee for People’s Choice.

Many of Maine’s leading craft associations co-sponsor “Maine Wood.” These include the Kennebec Valley Woodworkers Association, Maine Crafts Association, Maine Wood Products Association, Maine Woodturners, Maine Woodworkers Association and Southern Maine Woodturners. Maine Home and Design is the media sponsor.

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is a nonprofit, year-round school that offers courses in furniture making and related arts such as carving and woodturning. For more information, call 594-5611; email victoria@woodschool.org; or visit woodschool.org. Messler Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Pictured is a detail from Rockland furniture-maker Brian Reid’s “Asia Moderne,” a piece from 2012
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