‘New Work by Faculty’ at Messler

Jul 11, 2017
“Outside In” is a work by Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship faculty member Garrett Hack and Carolyn Enz Hack.

Rockport — “New Work by Faculty,” an exhibition of contemporary wood furniture, sculpture and stringed instruments, is on view for the summer at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Mill Street at Route 90. The show runs through Sept. 13.

The 29 woodworkers, designers and artists whose work is on display are international leaders in the fields of furniture making and design, wood turning, marquetry and carving who teach at the Rockport school. From the coopered and curved furniture of Garrett Hack and Yuri Kobayashi to the consummate carvings of Mary May and Chris Pye, the show is a testament to what can be achieved when impeccable technical skills are applied to sustained aesthetic exploration.

“We are pleased to be able to feature so many top-drawer woodworkers in one place at one time,” said CFC director Peter Korn. “Visitors are most welcome to see the show and tour the campus.”

The instructors participating in the show come from as far away as England and Wales; and as close as Camden and Rockland. Their work is stylistically diverse, as befits the school’s commitment to helping students find their own creative voices. International exhibitors include Adrian Ferrazzutti (Canada), Peter Fleming (Canada), Aled Lewis (Wales) and Chris Pye (England). Exhibitors from across the United States include John Beaver (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), Bruce Beeken (Shelburne, Vt.), Warren Carpenter (Seneca, S.C.), Mark Catalini (Pepperell, Mass.), Melissa Engler (Asheville, N.C.), Reuben Foat (San Diego, Calif.), Garrett Hack (Thetford Center, Vt.), Reed Hansuld (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Tom Hucker (Jersey City, N.J.), Beth Ireland (Roslindale, Mass.), Mary May (Johns Island, S.C.), Graeme Priddle (Asheville, N.C.), Seth Rolland (Port Townsend, Wash.), Mark Sfirri (New Hope, Pa.), Jennifer Shirley (Indianapolis, Ind.), Joshua Vogel (Kingston, N.Y.), and Jeremy Zietz (Richmond, Va.). Participants from Maine include Aaron Fedarko (Camden), Yuri Kobayashi (Camden), Jim Macdonald (Burnham), Mason McBrien (Union), Mac Ray (Damariscotta), Brian Reid (Rockland), Tim Rousseau (Appleton) and Ken Wise (Brunswick).

Messler Gallery summer hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The exhibition is on view online at woodschool.org. The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is a nonprofit, year-round school that offers courses in furniture making and related arts such as carving and woodturning. For more information, call 594-5611 or email victoria@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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