ROCKPORT, Maine — Six Maine woodworkers were honored with awards at the opening of “Maine Wood 2014” Friday in Rockport.
The exhibition is the fourth in a biennial series presented by the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship to showcase the breadth, creativity, and excellence of wood craftsmanship in Maine. It features furniture, carving, turning, and sculpture by 20 Maine artisans and artists, chosen by an independent jury from 88 entries.
Top honors were presented to Kevin Rodel, from Brunswick, who won “Jurors’ Best in Show”; Michaela Crie Stone, from Rockport, for “Best Original Design,” Eben Blaney, from Edgecomb, for “Best In Furniture;” Ray Carbone, from Steuben, for “Best Use of Wood;” and James Macdonald, from Burnham, for “Outstanding Craftsmanship.” A strip-built sea kayak by Richard Kaeyer, of Owls Head, was voted “People’s Choice” by attendees at the opening and the 78-year-old Kaeyer also received the award for “Best New Maker.”
Almost $2,000 in prizes were bestowed. The award sponsors were Rare Woods in China, ME, Maine Coast Lumber in York, ME, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks in Warren, ME, Fat Andy’s Hardwoods in Yarmouth, ME, DMT Diamond Whetstones in Marlborough, MA, Holt & Bugbee in Tewksbury, MA, and Woodcraft of Newington in New Hampshire.
The exhibit received accolades from juror Asa Christiana, former editor of Fine Woodworking, who was in attendance to present the Jurors’ Best in Show prize. Christiana said, “This Maine Wood show has some of the best contemporary work I’ve seen in my travels around the USA. It’s an inspiration.”
To view the award winning pieces and learn about the prizes please visit http://woodschool.org/2014-sponsors-awards. For more information on the exhibition, jurors, sponsors, and awards please contact Messler Gallery Manager Victoria Allport at 207-594-5611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.