‘Maine Wood’ biennial opens at Messler

Jan 12, 2018
David Boyle’s “Orchard Table” is part of “Maine Wood 2018.”

Rockport — “Maine Wood 2018” will open Friday, Jan. 19, at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, at the corner of Route 90 and Mill Street. The public is encouraged to attend the opening reception and awards ceremony that evening from 5 to 7 p.m.

“Maine Wood” is a juried biennial exhibition designed to showcase the breadth, creativity and excellence of Maine’s woodworking community. For 2018, the Center received 91 submissions from 47 Maine artists and artisans.

“This is our sixth biennial, and it’s a joy to see how Maine’s woodworking community continues to grow, with excellent new makers being juried in every time,” said Peter Korn, executive director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.

Furniture makers in the show include Melinda Aste, Portland; Nick Barboza, Hamden; David Boyle, Bath; William Francis Brown, Camden; Saer T. Huston, Kennebunkport; Aled Lewis, Rockport; Heide Martin, Appleton; Jeremy Porter, Rockland; Libby Schrum, Camden; and Michaela Crie Stone, Rockport.

Sculptors, turners, carvers, marquetarians, lamp makers and kayak builders are Clara Cohan, Cape Elizabeth; Jim Macdonald, Burnham; Rob Macks, Jefferson; Jonathan Moro, Rockport; Julie Morringello, Stonington; Malcolm Ray, Damariscotta; Karina Steel, Camden; John Tomaszewski, Wells; and Jacques Vesery, Damariscotta.

Jurors for this year’s biennial were Fabio Jurors for this year’s biennial are Fabio Fernández, executive director of the Society of Arts+Crafts, Boston; Joshua Friend, editor of American Woodturner, journal of the American Association of Woodturners; and Mira Nakashima, creative director of George Nakashima Woodworker, New Hope, Pa. Maine Crafts Association, Maine Woodturners and Maine Woodworkers Association are co-sponsoring “Maine Wood 2018,” which will run through April 11.

More than $2,000 in donated prizes from corporate sponsors will be awarded at the opening reception. These include $300 gift certificates from DMT Diamond Whetstones for Best Original Design; Rockler Woodworking and Hardware of South Portland for Outstanding Craftsmanship; Lie-Nielsen Toolworks for Jurors’ Best in Show; Architectural Building Products (formerly Maine Coast Lumber) for Best New Maker; Packard Woodworks for Best Turned Object; Rare Woods for Best Use of Wood; and Woodcraft of Portsmouth for Best in Furniture. There also is a $300 cash prize from Holt & Bugbee for the People’s Choice award.

Messler Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The nonprofit school offers year-round courses in furniture making and related arts such as carving and woodturning. For more information, call 594-5611; e-mail victoria@woodschool.org; or visit woodschool.org.

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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