‘New Work by Faculty’ at Messler

Jun 18, 2014
“Nest” is a work by Lincolnville’s Simon van der Ven.

Rockport — “New Work by Faculty,” an exhibition of fine wood furniture, turned objects, carving and ceramics, runs through Sept. 17 at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, 25 Mill St.

The 23 makers represented in the exhibition are current-year instructors at the center. They come from as far away as Australia and England; and as close by as Union and Rockland. Their work is stylistically diverse, as befits a school whose teaching philosophy encourages each student to find his or her own creative voice.

“The excellence of these pieces conveys the passion and vitality of contemporary craft at its best,” says Peter Korn, the Center’s Executive Director.

International exhibitors in “New Work by Faculty” include Adrian Ferrazzutti (Canada), Aled Lewis (Wales), Chris Pye (England) and David Upfill-Brown (Australia). Exhibitors from across the United States include Nick Cook (Marietta, Ga.), Barbara Dill (Rockville, Va.), J. Paul Fennell (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Mark Gardner (Saluda, N.C.), Keith Gotschall (Salida, Colo.), Garrett Hack (Thetford Center, Vt.), Beth Ireland (Roslindale, Mass.), Clark Kellogg (Houston, Texas), Yuri Kobayashi (Westport Point, Mass.), Brian Persico (Mt. Vernon, Vt.) and Seth Rolland (Port Townsend, Wash.). Participants from Maine include Stephen Gleasner (Appleton), Peter Korn (Rockland), Mason McBrien (Union), Jim Macdonald (Burnham), Mac Ray (Damariscotta), Brian Reid (Rockland), Tim Rousseau (Appleton) and Simon van der Ven (Lincolnville).

Messler Gallery’s summer hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is located on the campus of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, at the corner of Route 90 and Mill Street. The exhibition also is on view at woodschool.org.

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 the website.

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

Garrett Hack’s “Ripplicious” is a playful take on the functional. (Photo by: Bill Truslow)
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