ROCKPORT — An exhibition of greenwood furniture, furnishings, and art created by leading international makers opens Friday, September 20, at the Messler Gallery, in Rockport. The opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m., and the public is invited to attend. The show runs through January 2, 2020.
“Greenwood” woodworkers harvest their materials from freshly felled trees, while both the wood and the bark are green and pliable. The artisans in Contemporary Greenwood have used these materials to create furniture, baskets, sculpture, and bowls that arrest the eye and please the hand, according to the Gallery, in a news release. Like bowl-carver Amy Umbel, an exhibitor from Friendsville, MD, many of them strive to “incorporate craft tradition while keeping the work culturally relevant.”
International exhibitors include David Colwell (United Kingdom), AnneLie Karlsson (Sweden), Anders Lindberg (Sweden), Elisabeth Mezieres (France), Beth Moen (Sweden), and Ramon Persson (Sweden).
Exhibitors from across the U.S. include Curtis Buchanan (Jonesborough, TN), Christian Burchard (Ashland, OR), Dave Chapman (Spring Green, WI), Jarrod Dahl (Ashland, WI), David Fisher (Greenville, PA), Peter Galbert (Roslindale, MA), Mark Gardner (Saluda, NC), Mike Loeffler (Grand Marais, MN), Tim Manney (Brunswick, ME), Clifton Montieth (Lake Ann, MI), Leon Niehues (Huntsville, AR), Jim Sannerud (St. Paul, MN), Billy Ray Sims (Camden, ME), Polly Adams Sutton (Seattle, WA), Amy Umbel (Friendsville, MD), and Jennifer Zurick (Berea, KY).
Messler Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 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 in Rockport. After the opening, the exhibition will be on view at the Center’s website, www.woodschool.org.
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.