Design finalists at Messler Gallery

Jan 14, 2013
Eleven, 2012 by Gregory W. Crispell

Rockport — Designing Benches: Farnsworth Competition Finalists opens at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship on Friday, Jan. 25.

The public is invited to the opening reception that evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Purchase awards by the Farnsworth Museum will be announced at the event.

Designing Benches showcases the top 15 entries in a design competition co-sponsored by the Farnsworth Museum of Art in Rockland and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport. The challenge was to design new gallery benches for the Farnsworth. A call for entries went out to all Maine artists and artisans in July 2012.

“We are delighted with the creativity and craftsmanship of the entries and thrilled to make an acquisition of handsome Maine-made benches from the show," said Michael Komanecky, chief curator of the Farnsworth Museum in a news release.

In all, 44 entrants submitted 73 designs. The finalists juried by the Farnsworth are Nick Barboza, Bangor, Eben Blaney, Edgecomb, Judy Bonzi, Rockport, Gregory W. Crispell, Garland, Chris Gray, Blue Hill, Terry Kelly, Mapleton, Gregg Lipton, Cumberland, Mason McBrien, Union, Richard Ong, Arrowsic, Stephen Porter, Searsmont, James Provenzano, Farmington, Kevin Rodel, Brunswick, Libby Schrum, Camden, David Stetson, Sheepscot, and Andrew White, Union.

Visitors to the Messler Gallery may “test drive” the benches while viewing a concurrent exhibition of seating-themed Maine paintings. Participating artists include Barbara Sullivan, represented by Caldbeck Gallery, Ted Keller, represented by Carver Hill Gallery, Harold Garde, represented by Harbor Square Gallery, and Stephen Hoedecker, Connie Hayes, David Vickery and others artists represented by Dowling Walsh Gallery.

For more information, call 594-561, email or visit Messler Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Messler Gallery is located on the campus of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, at the corner of Route 90 and Mill Street in Rockport.



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