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Wonderful wood ‘Work’ on view

Jun 28, 2016
Chris Pye’s 2016 “Gloves & Book” is of European oak, milk paint wash and beeswax.

Rockport — “New Work by Faculty,” an exhibition of furniture, turned objects, carving and sculpture in wood, is on view through Sept. 14 at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Mill Street at Route 90.

The items on display represent contemporary wood craftsmanship at its best. All 29 makers represented in the exhibition are current-year instructors at the center. They come from as far away as England and Wales; and as close by as Camden and Rockland. Their work is stylistically diverse, as befits a school whose teaching philosophy encourages each student to find his or her own creative voice.

International exhibitors in “New Work by Faculty” include Adrian Ferrazzutti (Canada), Aled Lewis (Wales) and Chris Pye (England). Exhibitors from across the United States include: Dixie Biggs (Gainesville, Fla.), Elia Bizzarri (Hillsboro, N.C.), Jim Christiansen (Moscow, Idaho), Chance Coalter (San Diego), Asher Rodriguez-Dunn (Rumford, R.I.), Ray Finan (Arlington, Vt.), Garrett Hack (Thetford Center, Vt.), Reed Hansuld (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Stephen Hatcher (Olympia, Wash.), Beth Ireland (Roslindale, Mass.), Clark Kellogg (Houston, Texas), Yuri Kobayashi (Westport Point, Mass.), Mary May (Johns Island, S.C.), Jim Sannerud (Saint Paul, Minn.), Peter Shepard (Harvard, Mass.), Kagen Sound (Denver, Colo.) and Rich Tannen (Bloomfield, N.Y.). Participants from Maine include Stephen Gleasner (Appleton), Jim Macdonald (Burnham), Mac Ray (Damariscotta), Brian Reid (Rockland), Kevin Rodel (Brunswick), Adam Rogers (Auburn) and Tim Rousseau (Appleton).

Messler Gallery summer hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition also may be viewed 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; email victoria@woodschool.org; or visit the website.

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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