ROCKPORT — A lively exhibition of artist-made urns and coffins in wood, Boxes to Die For, will be on display at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, in Rockport from January 18 – April 10, 2019. The public is invited to the opening, Friday, Jan. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m.
“Death turns out to be a fertile premise for artistic exploration,” said Messler Gallery Manager Victoria Allport, in a news release. “Twenty-eight respected makers from seven countries have responded with work that is visually and emotionally engaging to an extraordinary degree.”
The curators of Boxes to Die For are wood artists Jennifer Anderson, from San Diego, CA, and Graeme Priddle, from Asheville, NC, who also have pieces in the show. International exhibitors include Eric Adjetey Anang (Accra, Ghana), Ashley Eriksmoen (Canberra, Australia), Michael Hosaluk (Saskatoon, SK), Hubert Landri (Drome, France), Art Liestman (Vancouver, BC), Alain Mailland (Chamborigaud, France), Neil Turner (Stratham, Australia), John Van der Kolk (Sydney, Australia), Tim Wigmore (Wellington, New Zealand), and Tak Yoshino (Yamanashi, Japan).
Exhibitors from across the U.S. include Joe S. Amaral (Fort Bragg, CA), Chance Coalter (San Diego, CA), Douglas Finkel (Lutherville, MD), Mary Lauren Fraser (Montague, MA), Kristin LeVier (Moscow, ID), David J. Marks (Santa Rosa, CA), Laura Mays (Fort Bragg, CA), Mason McBrien (Union, ME), John Mydock (Honolulu, HI), Jim Piper (Portland, OR), Mac Ray (Damariscotta, ME), Jason Schneider (San Diego, CA), David Sengel (Boone, NC), Elizabeth Spotswood-Spencer (New Bern, NC), Curt Theobald (Pine Bluffs, WY), and Greg Zall (Petaluma, CA).
Messler Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
The gallery is located on the campus of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, at the corner of Route 90 and Mill Street in Rockport, Maine. 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.