April 20 – May 30, 2018
“Current Student Work” opened at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine on Friday, April 20.
The exhibition, which runs through May 30, features furniture and furnishings by participants in the school’s flagship Nine-month Comprehensive course. The students, who range in age from 22-41, come from a variety of educational backgrounds, such as engineering, architecture, and product design, as well as from previous careers such as communications, theater, and military service.
“The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is internationally known for a high standard of craft and diversity of design, and this year’s Nine-month Comprehensive student work is certainly no exception,” says Aled Lewis, the Comprehensive’s Lead Instructor.
Exhibitors in “Current Student Work” are Luke Batten from Australia, Rachel Davis from Maine, Eric Dunder from Oregon, Cole Finton from Pennsylvania, Sam Friedlander from Pennsylvania, Imri Givon from Israel, Blake Gover from Colorado, Helen Helfand from California, Jeffery Mazur from Ohio, Matthew McLaughlin from Pennsylvania, Mya Nelson from Washington, D.C., and Ren Provey from Maine.
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, Aled Lewis, is 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 Linden Frederick, Mark Juliana, Jim Macdonald, Tim Rousseau, and Valdemar Skov. Other instructors include Bruce Beeken from Vermont, Heidi Earnshaw from Toronto, Owain Harris from New Hampshire, Beth Ireland from Florida, Mike Mascelli from New York, and Stewart Wurtz from Washington.