“Celebrating the Studio Fellowship” will open Friday, Feb. 19 at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Route 90 and Mill Street. The public is warmly invited to attend the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

All of the work on display, which includes everything from fine furniture and to abstract sculpture, has been created by current and former participants in the center’s Studio Fellowship program.

“This is adventurous, fresh work from emerging makers with impressive talent and drive,” said Peter Korn, the center’s executive director. Exhibitors include Flemming Christiansen, Aaron Fedarko, Reuben Foat, Reed Hansuld, Tyler Killian, Yuri Kobayashi, Chloris Lowe, Tim Nuanes, Riccardo Ramirez, Brian Reid, Libby Schrum and Vince Scully.

The Studio Fellowship program is an incubator for emerging furniture makers and wood artists. Six fellows at a time share free workshop space in the center’s Jackson Building for terms ranging from a month to a year. Their primary responsibility is exploring new work, as the exhibition makes abundantly evident.

“At the Center I found heartfelt and enthusiastic support for the importance of craft and the sharing of its traditions. The message was: Be ambitious, push your skills, and take them out into the world,” said Yuri Kobayashi, a former fellow who teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.

This exhibition will run through April 2. Messler Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The exhibition can also be viewed on the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s Web site, woodschool.org, after Feb. 20.

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 or send e-mail to cfc@woodschool.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.