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“New Work by Faculty” at Messler Gallery

Posted June 18, 2014, at 11:14 a.m.
Aled Lewis, &quotPi" Stool, maple, 26" x 14" x 14"
Chris Pinchbeck
Aled Lewis, "Pi" Stool, maple, 26" x 14" x 14"
Siem van der Ven, &quotNest", stoneware, cherry burl, 11" x 13" x 10"
Siem van der Ven, "Nest", stoneware, cherry burl, 11" x 13" x 10"

ROCKPORT, ME ¬¬– “New Work by Faculty,” an exhibition of fine wood furniture, turned objects, carving, and ceramics opened for the summer on Friday, June 13th at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport. The exhibition runs through September 17th, 2014.

The 23 makers represented in the exhibition are current-year instructors at the Center. They come from as far away as Australia and England, and as close by as Union and Rockland, Maine. Their work is stylistically diverse, as befits a school whose teaching philosophy encourages each student to find his or her own creative voice.

“The excellence of these pieces conveys the passion and vitality of contemporary craft at its best,” says Peter Korn, the Center’s Executive Director.

International exhibitors in “New Work by Faculty” include: Adrian Ferrazzutti (Canada), Aled Lewis (Wales), Chris Pye (England), and David Upfill-Brown (Australia). Exhibitors from across the U.S.A. include: Nick Cook (Marietta, GA), Barbara Dill (Rockville, VA), J. Paul Fennell (Scottsdale, AZ), Mark Gardner (Saluda, NC), Keith Gotschall (Salida, CO), Garrett Hack (Thetford Center, VT), Beth Ireland (Roslindale, MA), Clark Kellogg (Houston, TX), Yuri Kobayashi (Westport Point, MA), Brian Persico (Mt. Vernon, VT) and Seth Rolland (Port Townsend, WA). Participants from Maine include: Stephen Gleasner (Appleton), Peter Korn (Rockland), Mason McBrien (Union), Jim Macdonald (Burnham), Mac Ray (Damariscotta), Brian Reid (Rockland), Tim Rousseau (Appleton), and Simon van der Ven (Lincolnville).

Messler Gallery summer hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The gallery is located on the campus of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, at the corner of Route 90 and Mill Street in Rockport, Maine. After the opening, the exhibition will be on view at the Center’s website, www.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, please call 207-594-5611 or e-mail victoria@woodschool.org or visit our website at www.woodschool.org.

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