“Boxes to Die For,” a lively exhibition of artist-made urns and coffins in wood, will be on display this winter and early spring at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, at the corner of Route 90 and Mill Street. The public is cordially invited to the opening Friday, Jan. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m.

“Death turns out to be a fertile premise for artistic exploration,” said Messler Gallery Manager Victoria Allport. “Twenty-eight respected makers from seven countries have responded with work that is visually and emotionally engaging to an extraordinary degree.”

The curators of “Boxes to Die For” are wood artists Jennifer Anderson, from San Diego, and Graeme Priddle, from Asheville, N.C., who also have pieces in the show. International exhibitors include Eric Adjetey Anang (Ghana), Ashley Eriksmoen (Australia), Michael Hosaluk (Canada), Hubert Landri (France), Art Liestman (Canada), Alain Mailland (France), Neil Turner (Australia), John Van der Kolk (Australia), Tim Wigmore (New Zealand) and Tak Yoshino (Japan).

Exhibitors from across the United States include Joe S. Amaral (California), Chance Coalter (California), Douglas Finkel (Maryland), Mary Lauren Fraser (Massachusetts), Kristin LeVier (Idaho), David J. Marks (California), Laura Mays (California), Union resident Mason McBrien (Maine), John Mydock (Hawaii), Jim Piper (Oregon), Damariscotta’s Mac Ray (Maine), Jason Schneider (California), David Sengel (North Carolina), Elizabeth Spotswood-Spencer (North Carolina), Curt Theobald (Wyoming) and Greg Zall (California).

“Boxes to Die For” will continue through April 10. Messler Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. After the opening, the exhibition will be on view at the center’s website, woodschool.org.

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is a nonprofit school that offers courses year-round in furniture making and related arts such as carving and woodturning. For more information, call 594-5611 or email victoria@woodschool.org.

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