Contemporary Wood Lighting at the Messler Gallery

Written by Heide Martin on .

The Messler Gallery is currently exhibiting the lighting designs of twenty makers and designers who work primarily in wood. Curator Christopher Poehlmann, himself an internationally recognized lighting designer, selected pieces for both their high levels of craft and design: “The makers in this exhibition.…all create objects of quality and lasting beauty, objects which stand apart from their mass-produced counterparts due to the skill of these designers and artists.” On view until January 3, 2018, Contemporary Wood Lighting is well worth a trip to Rockport!


Scroll through for a few images and details of the show, or visit our gallery page for a full set of images. And make sure to check out our Online Exhibit Catalog, which includes an essay by curator Christopher Poehlmann.


Navicula by Davide Trubridge/wakaNINE



Spider Leg Lamp by Katie Hudnall


2208B by Christy Oates


Weave Lamp by Graham Oliver/Obe & Co Design


Ribbon Pendant by Marta Baumiller/Lampa


Standing Lamp #3 by Max Kaplan, and Flare by Laura Mays


Bloom by Klara Varosy


Cracked Log Lamps by Duncan Meerding


newGROWTH by Christopher Poehlmann and PILKE 28 Table Lamp by Showroom Finland


Trio of Lights by Donald Baugh and California Dreamin' by Julie Morringello/Modern Maine


Lamp by Garry Knox Bennett and WoodGlow Table Lamp by Peter Bloch


On Oak and Maple by Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg


International exhibitors in “Contemporary Wood Lighting” include: Donald Baugh (London, England), Showroom Finland (Helsinki, Finland), Obe & Co. Design (Bells Yew Green, England), Cameron Mathieson (Nelson, BC), Duncan Meerding (Hobart, Tasmania), Peter Pierobon (Vancouver, BC), and David Trubridge/wakaNINE (Hawkes Bay, New Zealand). Exhibitors from across the U.S. include: Marta Baumiller (Aquebogue, NY), Garry Knox Bennett (Oakland, CA), Peter Bloch (New London, NH), McCaw/Budsberg Collaborations (Milwaukee, WI), Susan Casey (Philadelphia, PA), Katie Hudnall (Indianapolis, IN), Max Kaplan (Fort Bragg, CA), Laura Mays (Fort Bragg, CA), Julie Morringello (Stonington, ME), Christy Oates (Fennimore, WI), Christopher Poehlmann (Philadelphia, PA), John Procario (Cold Spring, NY), and Klara Varosy (Bergen, NH).