The art of wood and light

Sep 15, 2017
Duncan Meerding’s “Cracked Log Lamp” is made from salvaged radiata pine.

Rockport — The Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship will open an illuminating exhibition of leading edge, contemporary lighting design in wood with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception Friday, Sept. 22. The public is warmly encouraged to attend.

Curated by Christopher Poehlmann, himself an internationally recognized lighting designer, the exhibition explores wood as a medium for expressing light by presenting work of 23 contemporary designers and makers from seven countries. The table lamps, wall sconces, floor lamps, chandeliers, uplighting and pendant lighting on display range from functional products to conceptual sculpture.

“It is a thrilling visual experience to see how each designer responds to the aesthetic opportunities inherent to wood, whether it is the translucence of veneer, the pliability of lamination or the precision of working with CNC laser cutters,” said Messler Gallery Manager Victoria Allport.

International exhibitors in “Contemporary Wood Lighting” include Donald Baugh (London, England), Showroom Finland (Helsinki, Finland), Obe & Co. Design (Bells Yew Green, England), Cameron Mathieson (Nelson, BC), Duncan Meerding (Hobart, Tasmania), Peter Pierobon (Vancouver, BC), Marco Stefanelli (Torino, Italy) and David Trubridge (Hawkes Bay, New Zealand). Exhibitors from across the United States include: Marta Baumiller (Aquebogue, N.Y.), Garry Knox Bennett (Oakland, Calif.), Peter Bloch (New London, N.H.), McCaw/Budsberg Collaborations (Milwaukee, Wis.), Susan Casey (Philadelphia, Pa.), Byron Conn (Rochester, N.Y.), Katie Hudnall (Indianapolis, Ind.), Max Kaplan (Fort Bragg, Calif.), Laura Mays (Fort Bragg, Calif.), Julie Morringello (Stonington), Christy Oates (Fennimore, Wis.), Christopher Poehlman (Philadelphia, Pa.), John Procario (Cold Spring, N.Y.), Seth Rolland (Port Townsend, Wash.) and Klara Vavrosy (Bergen, N.H.).

“Contemporary Wood Lighting” will continue through Jan. 3. The Messler Gallery is located on the campus of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Mill Street at Route 90. The nonprofit, year-round school offers courses in furniture making and related arts such as carving and woodturning. For more information, call 594-5611, email or visit

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

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