The Messler Gallery | Center for Furniture CraftsmanshipCenter for Furniture Craftsmanship Presents Alumni & Fellows 2021 in the Messler Gallery Brenda Bonneville, editor March 16, 2021 (Rockport, ME) A juried exhibition of work by alumni and fellows of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is open to the public at the Messler Gallery in Rockport, Maine through April 7, 2021. The exhibition can also be viewed virtually by clicking here. The 22 pieces of original, contemporary woodwork on display were winnowed from 85 submissions. They encompass a surprisingly wide range of categories, from functional furniture to figurative sculpture, and include decorative vessels, suspended lighting, precious boxes, and small brushes. For Messler Gallery Director Victoria Allport, being in the room with “Alumni and Fellows” provides a welcome respite from the isolation of the pandemic. “Each piece speaks with the voice of its maker, sharing their curiosity, ambitions, skills, private obsessions, and public concerns.” Jurors for the Exhibition Tib Shaw (St. Paul, MN) curator at the American Association of Woodturners. Josh Vogel (Kingston, NY) designer, maker, and founder of Black Creek Mercantile & Trading Co. Jeremy Zietz (Oakland, CA) principal designer at Steelcase. About the Alumni and Fellows Exhibitors The exhibitors in “Alumni and Fellows” are a mixture of professional and avocational woodworkers from across the U.S. who have previously participated in the Center’s courses or its Fellowship program. They include: Nick Barboza (Hampden, ME), Greg Bruck (Bedford, OH), Sam Cotton (Hope, ME), Erik Curtis (Philadelphia, PA), Kate Davidson (Milton, MA), Aspen Golann (Bakersville, NC), Duncan Gowdy (Holden, MA), Owain Harris (Center Barnstead, NH), Matthew Hedgepath Smith (Austin, TX), Jamie Herman (Fairport, NY), Anna Hitchcock (Little Compton, NY), Sayer Houseal (Antarctica), R.D. Johnson (Vienna, VA), Alan Kalker (Madison, WI), Kathleen Kilanowski (San Francisco, CA), Sergey Levchin (Brooklyn, NY), Steve Miller (Black Mountain, NC), George Partal (Bangor, ME), John Scanlan (Cleveland, OH), Emma Senft (Madison, WI), Julann Troiano (Chamberlain, ME), and Chelsea Witt (Rockport, ME). The exhibition can also be viewed virtually by clicking here. About the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship has a mission to provide the best possible education for people who want to design and build functional, beautiful, and expressive work out of wood to the highest standard of craftsmanship. At the heart of the Center’s mission is the belief that design and craftsmanship are deeply meaningful expressions of the human spirit. They contribute to individual fulfillment and inform the larger culture. Our programs are for novice, intermediate, and advanced woodworkers who seek an inspiring learning experience in a supportive environment. Learn more at www.woodschool.org.