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The Design in Wood exhibition has been recognized by many as the premier juried association/guild exhibition of custom work in the country and attractS visitors from across the country.

“We’ve been having people come from as far away as the East Coast, and I had a couple in here the other day that came down from Idaho strictly to see the show,” says Stevenson. “The way the guy explained it to me was it takes your breath away; it really made his trip worthwhile to come down here and see this. We’ve established ourselves as a big draw for the fair. People come just to see the Design in Wood and we’re quite proud of that.”

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The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, the oldest non-profit crafts organization in the country, has named studio furniture maker Matt Hutton as one of its three recipients of the annual SAC Artist Awards. Hutton is an assistant professor of woodworking and furniture design at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. Hutton’s work will be on display at the Society of Arts and Crafts Awards exhibition from Aug. 9 to Oct. 12. Other recipients are Claudia Olds Goldie, a sculptor specializing in ceramics, and Peter Houk, a studio glass artist.

“The Artist Awards is one of the four exhibitions we organize a year, except it happens every other year,” says Fabio Fernandez, SAC gallery manager. “It’s a juried show open to New England artists working in the contemporary craft media — wood, fiber, clay, glass and metal.”

Artists apply for the biennial juried exhibition by submitting 10 images, a résumé, and an artist statement. The recipients are selected by three jurors considered experts in the field.

“This year it was Bebe Johnson of Pritam & Eames, Susan Cummins who had the Susan Cummins Gallery, and the third person was Christine Temin, former writer for The Boston Globe and arts critic,” Fernandez says. “There is a cash award of $3,000, so each artist will get $3,000 to do whatever they want and [exhibit in] a group show.”