Smithsonian Craft Show comes to Maine gallery

atg1“DC Current,” showcasing work from the Smithsonian Craft Show, opened in September at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. It runs through Jan. 4, 2017.

“Bringing the best of the Smithsonian to Mid-Coast Maine is a great way to show our career-track students and statewide community what contemporary makers are selling at the top of their game,” center director Peter Korn says.

Widely regarded as the nation’s premier juried show of fine American crafts, the Smithsonian Craft Show presents the work of 120 leading craft artists in a wide variety of media.

atg2Designers represented include Michael Bauermeister of Augusta, Mo.; Eben Blaney of Edgecomb, Maine; John Cameron of Gloucester, Mass.; James Carlin of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Tom Dahlke of Bath, Maine; Mark Del Guidice of Concord, Mass.; Paula Garbarino of Somerville, Mass.; Kyle Huntoon of Detroit; Janel Jacobson of Harris, Minn.; Paul Lambrecht of Lanesboro, Minn.; Barry Newstat of Western Springs, Ill.; Peter Petrochko of Oxford, Conn.; Colin Pezzano of Philadelphia; Michael Puryear of Shokan, N.Y.; Norm Sartorius of Parkersburg, W.V.; Mike Shuler of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Holly Tornheim of Nevada City, Calif.

At the Maloof

The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation in Alta Loma, Calif, presents an exhibition of the Golden State’s wood artists, featuring works by 39 sculptors and furniture makers, that runs through Feb. 11, 2017.

The exhibition is part of the Maloof Centennial 2016 program that celebrates the life and legacy of woodworker Sam Maloof (1916-2009).

Featured artists include Gary Knox Bennett and Barbara Holmes as well as a number of emerging makers, some at the start of their careers.

Selections include several contemporary chairs, benches and tables, as well as a freestanding tripod lamp by Marcus Papay of San Marcos; a walnut hope chest by Mike Johnson, who works in Maloof’s original studio in Alta Loma; faux-painted-and-marquetry wall sculpture by John Cederquist of Altadena and coffee table by Jennifer Anderson of San Diego, designed and sculpted using digital tools.

Contacts

Messler Gallery, 25 Mill St., Rockport, ME 04856. Tel: 207-594-5611. www.woodschool.org

Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, 5131 Carnelian St., Alta Loma, CA 91701. Tel: 909-980-0412. www.malooffoundation.org