'Contemporary Greenwood' exhibition at Messler Gallery

Sep 12, 2019
"Folded Lowback" by Peter Galbert.

ROCKPORT — An exhibition of greenwood furniture, furnishings and art created by leading international makers opens at the Messler Gallery on Friday, Sept. 20. The opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. and the public is warmly invited to attend. The show runs through January 2, 2020.

“Greenwood” woodworkers harvest their materials from freshly felled trees, while both the wood and the bark are green and pliable. The artisans in "Contemporary Greenwood" have used these materials to create furniture, baskets, sculpture and bowls that arrest the eye and please the hand. Like bowl-carver Amy Umbel, an exhibitor from Friendsville, Md., many of them strive to “incorporate craft tradition while keeping the work culturally relevant.”

Messler Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 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 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, please call 594-5611, e-mail victoria@woodschool.org or visit woodschool.org.

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