Archived Exhibitions

Contemporary Maine Wood Sculpture (2010)

December 3, 2010 - April 8, 2011

“Contemporary Maine Wood Sculpture” explores the breath of expression achieved by contemporary sculptors who live in Maine and work with wood. That range includes an installation of beech swithces and jute by Barbara Andrus, Frederick Lynch's minimalistic #48 and #57, and Tom Chapin's enamal carving, Frequency and Modulation. According to the Messler Gallery Manager Beth Sauer, " Maine sculptors are doing fabulous work in wood, but there aren't many chances to see an exhibition specifically for wood sculpture - this is a great opportunity to do so."

In all there are 18 exhibitors from around the state. Those participants are: Anne Alexander (Windham), Barbara Andrus, (Belfast), Ray Carbone (Milbridge), Tom Chapin (Phippsburg), J.T. Gibson (Morrill), Stew Henderson (Northport), Steve Hansel (Friendship), Duncan Hewitt (Hollis), Charlie Hewitt (Portland), Matt Hutton (Portland), Jeff Kellar (Falmouth), Steve Lindsay (Tenant's Harbor), Lin Lisberger (Gorham), Cabot Lyford (New Harbor), Frederick Lynch (Saco), Duane Paluska (Brunswick), Stephen Porter (Searsmont), and Andy Rosen (South Portland).

This show is co-curated by Bruce Brown, Duane Paluska, and Steve Lindsay. Brown is the curator emeritus at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Lindsey is a sculptor who has received several Maine Percentage for Art commissions. Paluska is also an artist and the founder and director of the ICON gallery in Brusnwick, ME. 

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

Gallery Students 2011 (TB)

April 15 - May 26, 2011

 

“Current Student Work” showcases furniture and decorative pieces created by the talented participants in the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s current Nine-Month Comprehensive program. The thirteen students, who began the course last September, come from a wide range of occupations including (but not limited to) an NCAA swimmer, a former Buddhist monk, a veteran, and an author. What they all share is the aspiration to make fine furniture. Most plan to establish professional workshops, while others are simply cultivating a lifelong passion. For many, this exhibition is the first opportunity to see their work in a professional setting. Asked for his thoughts, the course’s Lead Instructor, Aled Lewis said, "The work is a refreshing mix of contemporary design and traditional craftsmanship, and it shows an abundance of talent!”.

“Current Student Work” exhibitors include Gene Bedell, Nicholas Doremus, Mat Driscoll, William Ellen, Dirk Giesberger, Adam Glogowski, Greg Horvitz, Kevin Hurley, Michael Little, Stephen Moles, Cyril Montoya, Michelle Myers, and Lance Smith.

Designing Benches: Farnsworth Competition Finalists

January 25 - April 17, 2013

Designing Benches showcases the top fifteen entries in a design competition co-sponsored by the Farnsworth Museum of Art, in Rockland, Maine and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, in Rockport, Maine. The challenge was to design new gallery benches for the Farnsworth. A call for entries went out to all Maine artists and artisans in July, 2012. “We are delighted with the creativity and craftsmanship of the entries,” remarked Michael Komanecky, Chief Curator of the Farnsworth Museum, “and thrilled to make an acquisition of handsome Maine-made benches from the show."

 

In all, 44 entrants submitted 73 designs. The finalists juried by the Farnsworth are Nick Barboza, Bangor, Eben Blaney, Edgecomb, Judy Bonzi, Rockport, Gregory W. Crispell, Garland, Chris Gray, Blue Hill, Terry Kelly, Mapleton, Gregg Lipton, Cumberland, Mason McBrien, Union, Richard Ong, Arrowsic, Stephen Porter, Searsmont, James Provenzano, Farmington, Kevin Rodel, Brunswick, Libby Schrum, Camden, David Stetson, Sheepscot, and Andrew White, Union.

 

Visitors to the Messler Gallery may “test drive” the benches while viewing a concurrent exhibition of seating-themed Maine paintings. Participating artists include Barbara Sullivan, represented by Caldbeck Gallery, Ted Keller, represented by Carver Hill Gallery, Harold Garde, represented by Harbor Square Gallery, and Stephen Hoedecker, Connie Hayes, David Vickery and others artists represented by Dowling Walsh Gallery.

 

To read a review and see more photos click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Palm of Your Hand: Exquisite Gifts

December 5, 2008 - February 13, 2009 (view images)

This exhibition is a gathering of wood art with uncommon proportions for such a medium. We usually think of large objects of utility in reference to handmade items in wood; tables, chairs, boats, structures…. There is an added sense of beauty when an object can be held in the palm of your hand. Delicate, tactile, inviting and cherished can easily describe the virtues we see and feel in their sense of preciousness. This exhibit celebrates the scale which makes these objects so valued and admired.

 

 

 

J.M. Syron and Bonnie Bishoff

 

 

 

Christian Burchard

 

 

Michael Cullen

 

 

Gorst duPlessis

 

 

 

Gorst duPlessis

 

 

Gorst duPlessis

 

 

Gorst duPlessis

 

 

Gorst duPlessis

 

 

 

Doug Finkel

 

 

 

Douglas J. Fisher

 

 

Douglas J. Fisher

 

 

Douglas J. Fisher

 

 

Douglas J. Fisher

 

 

 

Douglas J. Fisher

 

 

Louise Hibbert

 

 

Louise Hibbert

 

 

Louise Hibbert and
Sarah Parker-Eaton

 

 

Louise Hibbert and
Sarah Parker-Eaton

 

 

Louise Hibbert and
Sarah Parker-Eaton

 

 

Louise Hibbert and
Sarah Parker-Eaton

 

 

 

 

Michael Hosaluk

 

 

 

Michael Hosaluk

 

 

Janel Jacobson

 

 

Janel Jacobson

 

 

 

 

Janel Jacobson

 

 

Ray Key

 

 

Mike Lee

 

 

Terry Martin

 

 

 

Terry Martin

 

 

 

JoHannes Michelsen

 

 

JoHannes Michelsen

 

 

 

Michael Mocho

 

 

 

Binh Pho

 

 

Binh Pho

 

 

Binh Pho

 

 

 

Binh Pho

 

 

Norm Sartorius

 

 

 

 

Norm Sartorius

 

 

Norm Sartorius

 

 

Norm Sartorius

 

 

 

Norm Sartorius

 

 

Mark Sfirri

 

 

Mark Sfirri


 

 

Mark Sfirri


 

 

Mark Sfirri

 

 

Fraser Smith


 

 

Jacques Vesery &
Mark Sfirri

 

 

Jacques Vesery &
Mark Sfirri

 

 

 

Jacques Vesery

 

 

 

Jacques Vesery

 

 

Jacques Vesery

 

 

Jacques Vesery

 

 

Hans Weissflog

 

 

Hans Weissflog

 

 

 

Hans Weissflog


Celebrating the Studio Fellowship (2009)

February 20 - April 17, 2009

Adventurous and accomplished work from former and current participants in the Studio Fellowship Program.

The Studio Fellowship program is an incubator for emerging furniture makers and wood artists. Six Studio Fellows at a time share workshop space in the Center’s Jackson Building. Individual terms range from a month to a year.

Fellows receive the benefits of free studio space and access to faculty, visiting artists, the Messler Gallery, the Fine Woodworking Library, and, most importantly, each other. In this supportive environment they are challenged to experiment with new techniques and to explore new designs.

Since the opening of the Jackson Building in 2004, more than forty emerging professional and established woodworkers have benefited from this opportunity. “Celebrating the Studio Fellowship" is an annual exhibition open to work made during or subsequent to their Fellowships.

 

 

 

Patrick Downes

 

 

Patrick Downes

 

 

Aaron Fedarko

 

Reuben Foat

Reuben Foat

 

 

Reuben Foat

 

Kevin Gill

Kevin Gill

 

Will Karnedy

 

 

Yuri Kobayashi

 

Yuri Kobayashi

 

Mason McBrien

 

Mason McBrien

 

Liz Phillips

 

Brian Reid

 

 

Brian Reid

 

Raymond Ringer

 

Raymond Ringer

 

Raymond Ringer

 

 

Libby Schrum

 

Tom Weiss

 

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