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Alumni, Fellows exhibit at Messler

Jan 13, 2017
Michaela Stone of Rockport’s “Seated Springbok” chair is part of the winter show at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.

Rockport — A juried exhibition of work by Center for Furniture Craftsmanship alumni and Fellows will open Friday, Jan. 20, at the Messler Gallery. The opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., and the public is cordially encouraged to attend the festivities.

The 21 pieces on display, selected from 70 submissions, embody the combination of lively design and technical virtuosity for which the school is known. They run the gamut from curved benches and biomorphic chairs to seductive spoons and sculptural tables.

There are so many breathtaking objects in this show,” said Victoria Allport, CFC’s gallery manager. “I love the way our alumni go out in the world to push the boundaries of design!”

Jurors for the exhibition were Mark Gardner, an acclaimed wood turner in Saluda, N.C.; Anissa Kapsales, associate editor at Fine Woodworking in Newtown, Conn.; and Sarah Kay, a furniture designer in London, England.

The alumni and Fellows in the exhibition are professional and avocational woodworkers from across the United States who previously participated in the center’s Workshop, Furniture Intensive, Turning Intensive, Nine-month Comprehensive or Fellowship programs. They include Kendrick Anderson (Atlanta, Ga.), Eric Asche (Durango, Iowa), Nils Berg (Boston, Mass.), Judy Bonzi (Rockport), Shannon Bowser (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Kate Casey (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Michael Danchak (Durham, Conn.), Owain Harris (Deerfield, N.H.), Mary Ellen Hitt (Morrill), Yuri Kobayashi (Camden), Mike Korsak (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Bowen Liu (Rochester, N.Y.), Sarah Marriage (Baltimore, Md.), Jack Mauch (Cambridge, Mass.), Andy Messa (Rockport), Libby Schrum (Camden), Marcus Soto (Stone Ridge, N.Y.), Laurie Sproul (Canton), Karina Steele (Camden), Michaela Stone (Rockport), and Leslie Webb (Georgetown, Texas).

The exhibition will run through April 5. Messler Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is located on the campus of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, at the corner of Route 90 and Mill Street. After the opening, the exhibition will be on view at the center’s website,

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is a nonprofit school that offers courses year-round in furniture making and related arts such as carving and woodturning. For more information, call 594-5611, email or visit the website.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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