Press Release

Maine Wood 2014 Call for Entries

Call for Entries: Maine Wood 2014 Biennial Exhibition

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2013

Contact: Victoria Allport

ROCKPORT, ME – The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport announces a statewide call for entries for the fourth juried Maine Wood biennial. The exhibition, which takes place in the Center’s Messler Gallery from Jan. 24-April 2, 2014, will once again showcase the breadth, creativity, and excellence of wood craftsmanship in the state of Maine.

The deadline for entries is Aug. 31, 2013. Maine artists and artisans working in wood, including furniture makers, turners, carvers, and sculptors, are encouraged to submit original pieces that were made in Maine during the last five years, exhibit excellence in craftsmanship and design, and have wood as their primary material.

The jurors for this year’s biennial are Asa Christiana, editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in Newtown, Conn; Jonathan Fairbanks, director of the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass; and Laura Mays, director of the Fine Woodworking Program at the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, Calif.

Cash and gift certificates totaling $2,000 will be awarded at the opening night reception on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. These include $300 from Maine Coast Lumber for ‘Best New Maker’; $300 from DMT Diamond Whetstones for ‘Best Original Design’; $300 from Rare Woods for ‘Best Use of Wood’; $300 from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks for ‘Jurors’ Best in Show’; $300 from Holt & Bugbee for ‘People’s Choice’; $250 from Fat Andy’s Hardwoods for ‘Outstanding Craftsmanship’; and $200 from Woodcraft of Newington for ‘Best in Furniture’.

Co-sponsoring organizations for “Maine Wood 2014” include the Kennebec Valley Woodworkers Association, Maine Crafts Association, Maine Woodturners, Maine Woodworkers Association, and Southern Maine Woodturners.

Detailed submission guidelines are available on the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s Messler Gallery web page at If you have questions, please contact Messler Gallery Manager, Victoria Allport, at or 594-5611.

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, e-mail, or visit our website at Messler Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The Messler Gallery is located on the campus of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, at the corner of Route 90 and Mill Street in Rockport.