January 21 – April 6, 2022
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.
Maine Wood is a juried, biennial exhibition designed to showcase the breadth, creativity, and excellence of Maine’s woodworking community. For 2022, 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; and Christina Vincent, North Haven.
Sculptors, turners, carvers, marquetarians, and bicycle makers are Dan Capwell, Belfast; Clara Cohan, Cape Elizabeth; 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 our corporate award sponsors, will be presented at a virtual awards ceremony whose date is still to be determined. Awards include $300 gift certificates from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware of South Portland for ‘Outstanding Craftsmanship’; from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks for ‘Jurors’ Best in Show’; from Tools for Working Wood for ‘Best New Maker’; from Packard Woodworks for ‘Best Turned Object’; from Rare Woods for ‘Best Use of Wood’; and from Woodcraft of Newington for ‘Best in Furniture.’ There is also a $300 cash prize from The Craftsmanship Initiative for ‘Best Original Design’ and a $300 cash prize from Holt & Bugbee for the ‘People’s Choice’ award. Click here to view a complete list of prizes and award winners.
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.