ROCKPORT — “Maine Wood 2022” is open now through April 6 at the Messler Gallery at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, 25 Mill St. The show is free and open to the public, and a virtual tour may also be seen at

“Maine Wood” is a juried, biennial exhibition designed to showcase the breadth, creativity and excellence of Maine’s woodworking community. For 2022, the center received 59 submissions from 35 Maine artists and artisans. “This is our eighth biennial,” said Meg Weston, interim executive director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.  “It’s a pleasure to see the diversity of excellent work in wood by Maine craftspeople from across the state.”

“Sands of Time” by George Partal.

Furniture makers in the show include Jesse Bickel, Somerville; David Boyle, Bath; Sam Cotton, Hope; Saer Huston, Kennebunkport; Guy Marsden, Woolwich; Kevin Rodel, Portland; John Rogers, Woolwich; Osamu Sassa, Camden; Richard Schilling, Portland; and Christina Vincent, North Haven.

Sculptors, turners, carvers, marquetarians, and bicycle makers are Dan Capwell, Belfast; Clara Cohan, Cape Elizabeth; Dennis Curtis, Augusta; Wayne Hall, Orland; Edward Harrow, Dedham; Albert Kolodji, Yarmouth; James Macdonald, Burnham; Max Miller, Thomaston; and George Partal, Bangor.

Maine organizations co-sponsoring “Maine Wood 2022” are the Maine Crafts Association, Maine Woodturners, and Maine Woodworkers Association.

Eight prizes totaling $2,400, received through generous donations from corporate award sponsors, will be presented at a virtual awards ceremony on a still to be determined date. Awards include $300 gift certificates from The Craft Initiative for “Best Original Design;” from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware of South Portland, Maine for “Outstanding Craftsmanship;” from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks for “Jurors’ Best in Show;” from Tools for Working Wood for “Best New Maker;” from Packard Woodworks for “Best Turned Object;” from Rare Woods for “Best Use of Wood;” and from Woodcraft of Newington for “Best in Furniture.” There is also a $300 cash prize from Holt & Bugbee for the “People’s Choice” award.

Jurors for this year’s biennial were Annie Evelyn, Studio Furniture Maker and co-founder of Crafting the Future, Bakersville, N.C.; Reuben Foat, Department Chair, Cerritos College Woodworking, Norwalk, Calif.; and Gary Rogowski, Director of The Northwest Woodworking Studio, Portland, Ore.

“Gathering” by Clara Cohan.

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is a nonprofit school that offers year-round courses in furniture making and related arts such as carving and woodturning. For more information, call 207-594-5611, e-mail, or visit Messler Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.