April 28 – May 31, 2017
“Current Student Work” opened at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine on Friday, April 28.
The exhibition, which runs through May 31, features furniture and furnishings by participants in the school’s flagship Nine-month Comprehensive course. The students range in age from 25-65 and come from a variety of backgrounds: from general contracting and interior design to previous careers in accounting, product development, media management, and military service.
“This show will be catnip to people who connect with design and making. The fresh designs, disciplined creativity, and skills that these students have been able to achieve in less than a year are nothing short of inspirational,” says Peter Korn, the Center’s executive director.
Exhibitors in “Current Student Work” are Dean Babin from New York, Evan Boyle from Hawaii, Joseph Brody from California, Joseph Brown from Massachusetts, Adam Howell from Massachusetts, Stephanie Lunieski from Minnesota, Brett Mahan from New Jersey, James Melia from Florida, Margaret Saca from El Salvador, and Claire Scully from Texas.
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, Tim Rousseau, and Valdemar Skov. Other instructors include Bruce Beeken from Vermont, Asher Dunn from Rhode Island, Peter Fleming from Ontario, Beth Ireland from Massachusetts, Mike Mascelli from New York, Ian Stewart from Ontario, and Jeremy Zietz from Virginia.