“Contemporary Maine Wood Sculpture” will be featured this winter at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Mill Street at Route 90. The exhibition will open with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception Friday, Dec. 3 and continue through Feb. 4.

This exhibition explores the breadth of expression achieved by contemporary sculptors who live in Maine and work with wood. That range includes a installation of beech switches and jute by Barbara Andrus; Frederick Lynch’s minimalistic “#48” and “#57”; and Tom Chapin’s enameled carving “Frequency and Modulation.”

“Maine sculptors are doing fabulous work in wood, but there aren’t many chances to see an exhibition specifically for wood sculpture — this is a great opportunity to do so,” said Messler Gallery Manager Beth Sauer.

The 18 exhibitors from around the state are Anne Alexander of Windham, Andrus of Belfast, Ray Carbone of Milbridge, Chapin of Phippsburg, J.T. Gibson of Morrill, Stew Henderson of Northport, Steve Hensel of Friendship, Duncan Hewitt of Hollis, Charlie Hewitt of Portland, Matt Hutton of Portland, Jeff Kellar of Falmouth, Steve Lindsay of St. George, Lin Lisberger of Gorham, Cabot Lyford of New Harbor, Lynch of Saco, Duane Paluska of Brunswick, Stephen Porter of Searsmont and Andy Rosen of South Portland.

The show is co-curated by Bruce Brown, Paluska and Lindsay. Brown is curator emeritus at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. Lindsay is a sculptor who has received several Maine Percentage for Art commissions. Paluska also id an artist and the founder and director of the ICON gallery in Brunswick.

The exhibition’s organizing institution, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, is a nonprofit school which strives to advance high quality wood craftsmanship as a vibrant medium of expression. Brown, commenting on the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s decision to present a sculpture exhibition, said, “Showing sculpture at a furniture school creates an opportunity for dialog between sculptors and furniture makers who are linked by a reverence for wood.”

“Contemporary Maine Wood Sculpture” also can be viewed on the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s Web site, woodschool.org, after the opening. For more information, call 594-5611 or send e-mail to cfc@woodschool.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.