Exhibitions

Maine Wood 2014: Sponsors and Awards

Generous support from our  Award Sponsors allowed for the following prizes. Awards were announced at the exhibition’s opening reception on January 24, 2014 at the Messler Gallery in Rockport, Maine.

Top Honors

Juror's Best in Show:

$300 Gift Certificate from  Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Kevin Rodel

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Bench of Primitive Forms

 

Best Original Design:

$300 Gift Certificate from  DMT Diamond Whetstones

Michaela Crie Stone

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Sinuate Chair

 

People's Choice Award:

$300 Cash Award from  Holt & Bugbee

Richard Kaeyer

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Strip-built Sea Kayak

Outstanding Craftsmanship:

$250 Gift Certificate from Fat Andy's Hardwoods

James Macdonald

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Patience

 

Best Use of Wood:

$300 Gift Certificate from Rare Woods

Ray Carbone

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Augury

Best in Furniture:

$250 Gift Certificate from Newington Woodcraft

Eben Blaney

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Cirrus II

 

Best New Maker:

$300 Gift Certificate from Maine Coast Lumber

Richard Kaeyer

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Strip-built Sea Kayak

 

 

 

Current Student Work

April 11 - May 28, 2014

“Current Student Work” showcases furniture and decorative objects created by participants in the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s flagship course, the Nine-Month Comprehensive. The students who are presently enrolled come from a wide array of backgrounds and experience, including financial management, architecture, ranching, military service and industrial design. For many, this exhibition is the first opportunity to see their work in a professional setting. Student Services Manager Dorrie Higbee, who works with the students on a daily basis, says, “What these students have accomplished in so short a time is simply inspiring.”

Exhibitors in “Current Student Work” are Paul Andrews from Ontario, Ted Bryant from Virginia, Kevin Chen from California, Emily Deutchman from New York, Cody Farmer from Oklahoma, Jen Harvie-Watt from California, Randall Howell from Virginia, RD Johnson from Oregon, Carsten Oksen from Denmark, Tom Pietraszek from Rhode Island, and Jim Zink from New Hampshire.

The Nine-month Comprehensive program is designed for aspiring professional furniture makers and dedicated amateurs who seek in-depth training at the highest standard of excellence. Students complete eleven sequential projects that take them from woodworking fundamentals through the fine points of design and craftsmanship. The Lead Instructor for the course is Aled Lewis, a highly respected furniture maker from the U.K. Lewis is joined by twelve co-teachers who are experts in areas such as casework, finishing, carving, drawing, bending, veneering, and chair making.

 

Current Student Work (2013)

April 26 - May 29, 2013

“Current Student Work” showcases furniture and decorative objects created by participants in the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s flagship course, the Nine-Month Comprehensive. The students who are presently enrolled come from a wide array of backgrounds and experience, including fine arts, science, architecture, boat building, advertising, and sports education. For many, this exhibition is the first opportunity to see their work in a professional setting. Judy Bonzi, a resident of Rockport and current student who holds an M.F.A. in sculpture says, “I am absolutely dazzled by the creative accomplishments of my classmates. The diversity of aesthetic viewpoints is a great strength of the program.”

Exhibitors in “Current Student Work” are Baron Taft Bentley, from Kentucky, Judy Bonzi, from Maine, Erik Curtis, from New York, Marc Cutonilli, from New York, Mark Galipeau, from California, Jason Hebert, from New Hampshire, Yoshy Pineles, from New York, Jonathan Reif, from New Jersey, Chris Roy, from Maine, David Selditz, from Washington, Brett Simon, from Florida, and Karina Steele, from Colorado.

The Nine-month Comprehensive program is designed for aspiring professional furniture makers and dedicated amateurs who seek in-depth training at the highest standard of excellence. Students complete eleven sequential projects that take them from woodworking fundamentals through the fine points of design and craftsmanship. The Lead Instructor for the course is Aled Lewis, a highly respected furniture maker from the U.K. Lewis is joined by twelve co-teachers who are experts in areas such as casework, finishing, carving, drawing, bending, veneering, and chair making.

 

To read a review of the exhibition by Philip Isaacson click here.

Maine Wood 2014

January 24 - April 2, 2014

Maine Wood is a juried, biennial exhibition designed to showcase the breadth, creativity, and excellence of Maine’s furniture makers, turners, carvers and sculptors. “This is our fourth biennial,” says Peter Korn, Executive Director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, “and the submissions just keep getting better and better.” For 2014 the Center received 88 submissions from 40 Maine artists and artisans.

Many of Maine’s leading craft associations co-sponsor Maine Wood. These include the Kennebec Valley Woodworkers Association, Maine Crafts Association, Maine Wood Products Association, Maine Woodturners, Maine Woodworkers Association, and Southern Maine Woodturners. Maine Home and Design is the media sponsor.

Nearly $2,000 in prizes donated by generous corporate sponsors will be awarded at the opening reception. These include gift certificates from Maine Coast Lumber for ‘Best New Maker’; from DMT Diamond Whetstones for ‘Best Original Design’; from Rare Woods for ‘Best Use of Wood’; from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks for ‘Jurors’ Best in Show’; from Fat Andy’s Hardwoods for ‘Outstanding Craftsmanship’; and from Woodcraft of Newington for ‘Best in Furniture.’ There is also a cash prize from Holt & Bugbee for ‘People’s Choice.’ Click here to view a complete list of prizes and award winners.

Jurors for this year’s biennial were Asa Christiana, editor of Fine Woodworking in Newtown, CT; Jonathan Fairbanks, director of the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA; and Laura Mays, director of the Fine Woodworking Program at College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, CA.

 

New Work by Faculty

June 13 - September 17, 2014

“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).

 

 

 

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