Emerging talent at the Messler Gallery

Apr 13, 2018
A detail of Rachel Davis’ “Li” reveals a fusion of craft and art.

Rockport — “Current Student Work” will open with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception Friday, April 20, at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Mill Street at Route 90. The public is encouraged to attend, enjoy refreshments, and meet the makers.

The exhibition features furniture and furnishings by participants in the school’s flagship Nine-month Comprehensive course. The students, who range in age from 22 to 41, come from a variety of educational backgrounds such as engineering, architecture and product design, as well as from previous careers such as communications, theater and military service.

"The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is internationally known for a high standard of craft and diversity of design, and this year’s Nine-month Comprehensive student work is certainly no exception,” said Aled Lewis, the Comprehensive’s Lead Instructor.

Exhibitors in “Current Student Work” are Rachel Davis and Ren Provey from Maine; Eric Dunder from Oregon; Cole Finton, Sam Friedlander and Matthew McLaughlin from Pennsylvania; Imri Givon from New York; Helen Helfand from California; Jeffery Mazur from Ohio; and Mya Nelson from Washington, D.C. The Nine-month Comprehensive program is designed for aspiring professional furniture makers and dedicated amateurs who seek in-depth training at the highest standard of excellence.

Lewis is a highly respected furniture maker from the United Kingdom. He is joined for different parts of the course by co-teachers with specific expertise in casework, finishing, carving, drawing, bending, veneering, marquetry, turning and chair making, among other skills. Instructors from Maine include Linden Frederick, Mark Juliana, Jim Macdonald, Tim Rousseau and Valdemar Skov. Other instructors include Bruce Beeken from Vermont, Heidi Earnshaw from Toronto, Owain Harris from New Hampshire, Beth Ireland from Florida, Mike Mascelli from New York and Stewart Wurtz from Washington.

“Current Student Work” will run through May 30. The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is a nonprofit school offering courses in furniture making and related arts such as carving and woodturning. For more information, call 594-5611, email victoria@woodschool.org or visit woodschool.org. Messler Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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