Exhibit billed as ‘visceral experience’

54_coversation_chairs"Material Matters: Selected Works by Allied Craftsman." is an exhibition at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, Calif., that showcases work by 23 members of Allied Craftsmen. The group is a juried organization founded more than 50 years ago and is comprised of nationally and internationally recognized artists currently living and working in the San Diego area.

54_binary_drawersTheir multimedia work is presented as immersive installations, engulfing the viewer in a "visceral experience of both material and object." Each artist pursues their inspiration through innovative processes and unconventional design using materials such as wood, clay, wire, fabric, metal, gold and silver.

The exhibition runs through July 4.

North Bennet Street turns 125

A benefit exhibition of studio furniture in honor of the 125th anniversary of the North Bennet Street School in Boston takes place March 5-27 with an opening reception scheduled for March 5. The exhibition will take place at Gallery NAGA in Boston.

The all-start cast of studio furniture makers whose work will be on display includes Garry Knox Bennett, Dale Brohom, Jon Brooks, John Eric Byers, Mark Del Guidice, John Dunnigan, Ben Fleis, Hank Gilpin, Miguel Gomez-Ibanez, Thomas Hucker, Silas Kopf, John Marcoux, Judy Kensley Mckie, Bart Niswonger, Jere Osgood, Todd Partridge, Timothy Philbrick, Mitch Ryerson, James Shriber, Tommy Simpson, Rosanne Somerson, Jay Stanger, J.M. Syron, Bonnie Bishoff, Tim Wells, Steve Whittlesey, Lothar Windels and Rick Wrigley.

Design in Wood

Contacts:

California Center for the Arts, 340 North Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025. Tel: 760-839-4138. www.artcenter.org

Gallery NAGA, 67 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116. Tel: 617-267-9060. www.gallerynaga.com

Minnesota Woodworkers Guild. www.minnesotawoodworkersguild.com

Northeastern Woodworkers Association. www.nwawoodworkingshow.org

San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association. www.sdfwa.org

Wood Turning Center, 501 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 215-923-8000. www.woodturningcenter.org

Design in Wood is an International Exhibition of Fine Woodworking co-sponsored by the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association and the San Diego County Fair. The 29th annual exhibition will take place June 11 to July 5. Entries close on April 30.

Design in Wood is the largest juried woodworking exhibition of its type anywhere. It is open to all interested adult woodworkers. Wood projects must have been created by the artist whose name appears on the entry form. A maximum of three entries, all classes combined, can be submitted per entrant. Works previously displayed in this exhibition are not eligible. There are 22 class entries.

The processing fee is $20 per wood project entered. Processing fees are non-refundable. Download an entry form from www.sdfwa. org/designinwood2010.htm or send a No. 10 self-addressed stamped envelope to Design in Wood, San Diego County Fair, P.O. Box 685, Solana Beach, CA 92075.

Online registration starts in mid-March and can be submitted at www.sdfair.com/entry/design inwood. Digital photographs must accompany each entry along with fees. Online entries will receive an e-mail confirmation.

NWA annual show

Each year, the Northeastern Woodworkers Association presents a fine woodworking exposition featuring hundreds of pieces of furniture, toys, carvings, turnings, sports equipment and miniatures by the region's finest woodworkers. This year's show marks the 19th Woodworker's Showcase and will be held March 27-28 at the Saratoga Springs City Center in Saratoga, N.Y.

Phil Lowe will be one of the featured speakers and workshop instructors for the 2010 show. NWA members and anyone from the general public can bring woodworking projects to be displayed or judged.

Each year at the show, a theme is chosen and is featured in its own display area. This year, show organizers have selected the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and American period furniture as the theme.

55_nautilus_tableThe Woodworkers Showcase includes a woodworkers' competition and awards, a special theme display, exhibits by guest organizations, experts available to answer woodworking questions, free lectures and demonstrations, and special exhibits and sale of products by national and area businesses of interest to woodworkers.

Elsewhere

"Magic Realism: Exploring Material Illusions," will be held April 1 through July 17 at the Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia. Curated by Robin Rice of Philadelphia, this exhibition brings together 19 artists who use materials including wood, clay and glass to create provocative illusions of other materials. The understanding and respect that material-specific artists traditionally accord one another's skills is central to this exhibition.

The deadline for entries for the Northern Woods Exhibition, sponsored by the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild has been extended until April 6. Northern Woods is held annually at the Southdale Center in Edina, Minn., and this year's show will take place April 22-25. The show provides an opportunity for guild members (and non-guild members) to present and discuss the best in high-quality woodworking design and construction with fellow woodworkers and the general public.

This article originally appeared in the March 2010 issue.