ROCKPORT — “Straight from the Heart,” a farewell exhibition curated by the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s outgoing founder and executive director, Peter Korn, has opened at the school’s Messler Gallery, 25 Mill St. The show runs through Jan. 5, 2022.

The exhibition is Korn’s homage to mentors and peers whose work he greatly admires, whose friendship has enriched his five-decade career, and whose knowledge and participation have contributed to the success of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. It presents superlative pieces made by 17 renowned furniture makers, turners and sculptors between 1965 and 2021.

“I love this exhibition,” Korn said. “It communicates the spirit, mission and lineage of the school better than words ever could.”

The four mentors in the show—Art Carpenter, Tage Frid, James Krenov and Alan Peters—are among the legendary woodworkers for whom Korn was fortunate to serve as a teaching assistant, starting in the 1980s.

The 12 peers in the exhibition, all of whom have taught at CFC, are Brian Boggs (Asheville, N.C.), Garrett Hack (Thetford Center, Vt.), David Haig (Nelson, New Zealand), Thomas Hucker (Jersey City, N.J.), Beth Ireland (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Tom Kealy (Somerset, UK), Silas Kopf (Northampton, Mass.), Aled Lewis (Machynlleth, Wales), Michael Puryear (Shokan, N.Y.), Chris Pye (Hereford, UK), Tim Rousseau (Rockport, Maine) and David Upfill-Brown (Gerringong, Australia).

There are also four pieces in the show made by Korn himself, between 2005 and 2021.

The Messler Gallery is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition may also be seen on the center’s website at

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 207-594-5611, e-mail or visit