Maine Woodworking Show at the Messler Gallery

Maine Woodworking Show at the Messler Gallery

Maine Wood 2022 opened at the Messler Gallery at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship on Friday, January 21, 2022. The show runs through April 6, and visitors are warmly encouraged to attend. This is a juried, biennial exhibition designed to showcase the breadth, creativity, and excellence of Maine’s woodworking community. The Center received 59 submissions from 35 Maine artists and artisans.

“This is our eighth biennial,” says Meg Weston, Interim Executive Director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.  “It’s a pleasure to see the diversity of excellent work in wood by Maine craftspeople from across the state.”

Furniture makers in the show include Jesse Bickel, Somerville; David Boyle, Bath; Sam Cotton, Hope; Saer Huston, Kennebunkport; Guy Marsden, Woolwich; Kevin Rodel, Portland; John Rogers, Woolwich; Osamu Sassa, Camden; Richard Schilling, Portland, whose “Recurve Jewelry Box” is shown here; and Christina Vincent, North Haven.

Sculptors, turners, carvers, marquetarians, and bicycle makers are Dan Capwell, Belfast; Clara Cohan, Cape Elizabeth, whose “Gathering 2020” is shown; Dennis Curtis, Augusta; Wayne Hall, Orland; Edward Harrow, Dedham; Albert Kolodji, Yarmouth; James Macdonald, Burnham; Max Miller, Thomaston; and George Partal, Bangor.

Maine organizations co-sponsoring Maine Wood 2022 are the Maine Crafts Association, Maine Woodturners, and Maine Woodworkers Association. 8 prizes totaling $2400, received through generous donations from corporate award sponsors, will be presented at a virtual awards ceremony whose date is still to be determined.

Jurors for this year’s biennial were Annie Evelyn, Studio Furniture Maker and co-founder of Crafting the Future, Bakersville, NC; Reuben Foat, Department Chair, Cerritos College Woodworking, Norwalk, CA; and Gary Rogowski, Director of The Northwest Woodworking Studio, Portland, OR.