April 15 – May 25, 2016
“Current Student Work” opened at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine on Friday, April 15.
The exhibition, which runs through May 25, features furniture and furnishings by participants in the school’s flagship Nine-Month Comprehensive course. The students range in age from 25-60 and come from a variety of backgrounds: from general contracting and industrial design to previous careers in health care, theater, environmental engineering, and military service.
“It never ceases to amaze me how bold students can be. They jump right into a project that a seasoned pro would shy away from…sometimes with alarming success!” says Peter Korn, the Center’s executive director.
Exhibitors in “Current Student Work” are Jose Ramon Diaz Oldemburg from Florida, Marc Foose from California, Yorgo Liapis from Ontario, Heide Martin from Washington, Andy Messa from Wisconsin, Tom Pluzycki from Illinois, Jeremy Porter from New Zealand, Jim Spencer from Maine, Brendan Yi-Fu Tay from New York, Bruce Willey from Tennessee, Jacob Wilson from Pennsylvania, and Devin Yaeger from New Jersey.
The Nine-month Comprehensive program is designed for aspiring professional furniture makers and dedicated amateurs who seek in-depth training at the highest standard of excellence. The Lead Instructor for the course is Aled Lewis, a highly respected furniture maker from the U.K. Lewis is joined for different parts of the course by co-teachers with specific expertise in casework, finishing, carving, drawing, bending, veneering, marquetry, turning, and chair making, among other skills. Instructors from Maine include Aaron Fedarko, Ezra Howell, Mark Juliana, Jim Macdonald, Mason McBrien, Tim Rousseau, and Valdemar Skov. Other instructors include Bruce Beeken from Vermont, Asher Dunn from Rhode Island, Beth Ireland from Massachusetts, Randy Johnson from Minnesota, and Ian Stewart from Ontario.