“Turning Twenty,” an exhibition celebrating the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s 20th anniversary, will open at the Messler Gallery Friday, Sept. 20. The opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., and the public is most welcome to attend. The exhibition will run through Jan. 15.

“Turning Twenty” celebrates the art of woodturning with contributions from more than 20 noted turners from across the United States and Canada. The work is as diverse as the artists themselves. It explores the theme of celebration, the number 20, and the personal experience of exhibitors as instructors and students at the Center.

“With the recent opening of our new Whittington Turning Studio and the expansion of the curriculum to include a Twelve-week Turning Intensive, it seems appropriate to mark our 20th anniversary by showcasing the diverse talent and brilliance of the American woodturning community,” said Peter Korn, the Center’s Executive Director.

Exhibitors in “Turning Twenty” include John Beaver (California), David Belser (New Hampshire), Christian Burchard (Oregon), Rob Chamberlin (Michigan), Michael Cullen (California), Barbara Dill (Virginia), Harvey Fein (New York), Michael Foster (Vermont), Mark Gardner (North Carolina), Stephen Gleasner (Maine), Chris Hoehle (Colorado), Michael Hosaluk (Saskatchewan), Beth Ireland (Massachusetts), Dale Larsen (Oregon), Bill Luce (Washington), Michael Mocho (New Mexico), Binh Pho (Illinois), Malcolm Ray (Maine), Michael Scarborough (New York), Mark Sfirri (Pennsylvania), Haley Smith (Arizona) and Marjin Wall (Oregon). Maine Home + Design magazine is the exclusive media sponsor of this event.

Messler Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The gallery is located on the campus of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, at the corner of Route 90 and Mill Street. After the opening, the exhibition will be on view online 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; e-mail 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.