Centre Gallery at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. offers wood, wood and more wood during the month of March. Six accomplished woodworkers are displaying furniture, guitars, marquetry, boxes and “lumpheads” at the gallery. The public is invited to an opening reception with refreshments Saturday, March 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Jim Crampton from Searsmont has spent the last 20 years creating well built and visually stunning pieces combining woodworking and stained glass. He also is showing his burl boxes, which he crafts to emphasize their inherent natural beauty.

Richard Crampton, who lives in Orland, teaches and works for the fire department, but in his spare time creates carved faces (“lumpheads”) from strange pieces of wood he finds in the forest. All of his carvings are meant to be touched, lifted and inspected. Once his carvings have new owners, he encourages further modifications such as glasses, beards, earrings, etc.

Mel Lidstone owns Burnham Shaker Products and produces handcrafted reproduction oval Shaker boxes and furniture. The boxes are made from native Maine hardwoods using a procedure that is a handmade and precise process much the same as the Shakers used 150 years ago. He also is displaying some of the Shaker-influenced furniture pieces he makes with a wax-over-paint finish.

James Macdonald has been creating custom furniture featuring marquetry and inlay work at his studio in Burnham since 1989. Recently, he has been focusing on marquetry, creating of pictures using thin veneers of different kinds of wood. Marquetry can be used to embellish a furniture design or can be displayed on the wall and examples of both are at the gallery.

Liza Wheeler’s pieces at the gallery are a mirror framed with planed walnut veneer pieces arranged in an archetypal form found in nature in whirlpools, the eye and the whorl of leaves or petals; and an exquisite table whose design was influenced by a traditional Chinese table. Wheeler works out of her shop in Belfast where she does commissioned work while occasionally teaching furniture making at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport.

David Holbrook is an artist and woodworker from Liberty who has been making instruments and furniture for 20 years. He is showing two guitars that he made for himself, but he welcomes commissions for custom instruments. He currently is studying and building his first violin.

The gallery is open when there are performances or other functions scheduled in the building or by appointment at any time. For more information, call 568-3147 or 948-7469. To view performance schedules, visit unityme.org.

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