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Maine woodworkers honored

Jan 24, 2020
From left: "Rectangle Trays" by Heide Martin Design Studio in Appleton; "Drinks Cabinet" by Sayer G. Houseal of Rockport; and "Arches Foyer Table" by Dev Flaherty of Camden.

Rockport — Eight Maine woodworkers were honored with awards at the opening of “Maine Wood 2020” Jan. 17. The exhibition is the seventh in a biennial series presented by the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship to showcase the breadth, creativity and excellence of wood craftsmanship in Maine. It features furniture, carving, marquetry, turning and sculpture made by 22 Maine artists and artisans, selected from a pool of 76 entries by a distinguished independent jury.

The “People’s Choice” award (as determined by popular vote among attendees at the opening) was taken home this year by Dennis Curtis of Augusta for his elegant "Ambrosia Starburst" vessel. The award was a cash prize of $300 sponsored by Holt & Bugbee of Tewksbury, Mass.

Steve Bartlett, a fine artist from Jefferson, earned “Juror’s Best in Show” for his biomorphic sculpture and received a $300 gift certificate from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks of Warren.

William L. Janelle of Bridgton received the “Outstanding Craftsmanship” award for "Everyday Glory," a finely carved eagle, with a $300 gift certificate sponsored by Rockler Woodworking and Hardware of South Portland.

Dev Flaherty of Camden received the “Best in Furniture” award for his "Arches Foyer Table" that came with a $300 gift certificate from Woodcraft of Portsmouth, NH.

Heide Martin Design Studio in Appleton was honored for “Best Original Design” for its "Rectangle Trays" with a $300 gift certificate from DMT Diamond Whetstones of Marlborough, Mass.

Sayer G. Houseal of Rockport was accorded “Best Use of Wood” for his coopered "Drinks Cabinet" with a $300 gift certificate sponsored by Rare Woods of Mexico.

Malcolm Ray of Damariscotta took the honor for “Best Turned Object” with "Black Mesa," a vessel inspired by traditional southwestern pottery design, receiving a $300 gift certificate from Packard Woodworks of Tryon, NC.

Scott Stuart from Arrowsic was selected “Best New Maker” for his handsome "Contemporary Credenza" with a $300 gift certificate from Rugby Architectural Building Products (formerly Maine Coast Lumber).

The show is co-sponsored by three Maine craft organizations: the Maine Craft Association, Maine Woodturners, and the Maine Woodworkers Association. To view the award winning pieces, visit

Jurors for this year’s biennial were Heidi Earnshaw, a furniture maker in Toronto, Ont.; Tom Huang, a designer/maker and Associate Professor of Design at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.; and Jennifer Shirley, a woodturner/instructor in Plainfield, Ind. For more information on the exhibition, jurors, sponsors and awards, contact Messler Gallery Manager Victoria Allport at 594-5611 or The "Maine Wood 2020" show runs through April 8.



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