September 18, 2020 – January 6, 2021

A striking exhibition of artist-made mallets and balls, Out of Bounds: The Art of Croquet, will be on view at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, in Rockport, ME, from September 18, 2020 – January 6, 2021.

Curators of the smashing exhibition are Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Artistic Director at the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, PA, and furniture maker Silas Kopf, from Northampton, MA, both of whom are amateur devotees of the sport. Describing the show, Milliken says, “This exhibition not only encourages artists to delve into the function, form, and historical mystique of croquet, but also invites them to apply their imagination and skill to the practice of play, framed by the material of wood and the monogamous relationship between mallet and ball.”

In reimagining the ball and mallet, the show’s 21 exhibitors explore a wide range of topics, from personal artistic concerns to contemporary social issues, with clarity and wit. Participants include Ted Blachly (Warner, NH), Mark del Guidice (Concord, MA), Annie Evelyn (Brooklyn, NY), Amy Forsyth (Bechtelsville, PA), Scott Grove (Canandaigua, NY), Michael Hosaluk (Saskatoon, SK), Thomas Hucker (Jersey City, NJ), Katie Hudnall (Madison, WI), Beth Ireland (St. Petersburg, FL), Yuri Kobayashi (Camden, ME), Silas Kopf (Northampton, MA), Jim Macdonald (Burnham, ME), Adam John Manley (San Diego, CA), Craig Nutt (Kingston Springs, TN), Graeme Priddle (Asheville, NC), Ellie Richards (Penland, NC), Sylvie Rosenthal (Madison, WI), Mark Sfirri (New Hope, PA), Alf Sharp (Woodbury, TN), Elizabeth Spotswood Spencer (New Bern, NC), and Kimberly Winkle (Cookeville, TN).

Ted Blachly - Warner, NH. Shrub Mallet Model PHD-1 & Stealth Croquet Ball Model GB-2: Bubinga, maple, faux philodendron, mulch, Kentucky bluegrass, polyester resin, varnish 32” x 17” x 10” $1500

Ted Blachly

Mark Del Guidice - Concord, MA. Lucky Strike: Curly maple, ash, basswood, telephone wire, copper cable, milk paint, baseball, varnish 38” x 32” x 9” $3100

Mark Del Guidice

Annie Evelyn - Bakersville, NC. Sparkle Princess: Ash, vintage jewelry finds, found ball, Swarovski crystals, faux gold leaf, paint, polyurethane 36” x 9” x 2.5” Sold

Annie Evelyn

Amy Forsyth - Bechtelsville, PA. Four!!: Poplar, milk paint 34” x 8” x 3” Sold

Amy Forsyth


Scott Grove

Michael Hosaluk - Saskatoon, SK. Caveman Croquet: Latest Model from Caveman Sports and Game Company:Stone, wood 37” x 12” x 4” $700

Michael Hosaluk

Thomas Hucker - Jersey City, NJ. Croquet Mallet: Walnut, stainless steel 32” x 7” x 3” $1000

Thomas Hucker

Katie Hudnall - Madison, WI. Eye Mallet and Ball: Salvaged wood, polychrome, lacquer, wax 30” x 9” x 5” Sold

Katie Hudnall

Beth Ireland - St. Petersburg, FL. Cross-Quet: Maple, ash, milk paint, silver brass, fake grass 36” x 36” Sold

Beth Ireland

Yuri Kobayashi - Camden, ME. a Peculiar Woodworker's Croquet Mallet and Ball: Douglas fir, poplar, dyed veneer, oil finish 31” x 12” x 3” $2020 for mallet and ball Folding Ruler, Protractor, Sliding Bevel by Chelsea Witt - Camden, ME $100 each

Yuri Kobayashi

Silas Kopf - Northampton, MA. Geo-Croquet Set: Maple, nylon cord, rosewood, smoked lacquer finish 37” x 7” x 3” $1000

Silas Kopf

Jim Macdonald - Burnham, ME. Do the Right Thing: Sapele, Gabon ebony, mahogany, veneers: walnut, quilted maple, beech, sapele 36” x 9” x 2.5” $600

James Macdonald

Adam John Manley - San Diego, CA. Ghost Mallet: For the Watertown Eight: Beech, faux turf, whitewash, paint 40.5” x 23” x 4” $3500

Adam John Manley

Craig Nutt - Kingston Springs, TN. Cornfield Croquet: Mahogany, maple, hickory, various woods, felt, shellac, oil & resin finishes 43” x 15” x 5” $12,000

Craig Nutt

Graeme Priddle - Asheville, NC. Give It A Good Tap!: Madrone burl, antique brass tap and fittings, antique pressure gauge, copper, pear, acrylic paint 37” x 9.75” x 3” $2200

Graeme Priddle

Ellie Richards - Bridgeton, NJ. Parallam Mallet: Parallam, oil finish 36” x 9” x 3” $480

Ellie Richards

Sylvie Rosenthal - Madison, WI. Swizzle Mallet: Mahogany, basswood, milk paint, osmo oil, wax finish 40.5” x 8.75” x 3” $2250

Sylvie Rosenthal

Mark Sfirri - New Hope, PA. Crow-K Mallet: Cherry, western yellow cedar, paint 30.75” x 10.5” x 3.25” $2500

Mark Sfirri

Alf Sharp - Woodbury, TN. Flamingo: Poplar, pine, birch, paint 34” x 7” x 3.5 Sold

Alf Sharp

Elizabeth Spotswood Spencer - New Bern, NC. Aunt Emma's Revenge - Walnut, sapele, milk paint, colored pencil, brass rod, acrylic paint, Danish oil 34.5” x 12” x 4.5” $2200

Elizabeth Spotswood Spencer

Kimberly Winkle - Cookeville, TN. Tuft: Polychrome poplar, cherry, horse hair 35” x 10” x 3” Sold

Kimberly Winkle