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Fuller Craft Museum showcases its collection

The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass., is currently presenting “Across the Grain; Turned and Carved Wood,” that reveals the scope of its permanent and private collections.

The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association's exhibit featured this hall table by Bill Truslow, an ash desk by Ted Blachly, Richard Oedel's "Wild Rose" console table and "Two Energies" by Brian Sargent.

The exhibition, which opened in April and runs through Sept. 22, features furniture by George Nakashima, Kristina Madsen, Wendell Castle and Sam Maloof, along with work by Charles Faucher, winner of the 2013 Smithsonian Craft Show award for excellence in w ood, selected by members of the Collectors of Wood Art.

“This exhibition represents a rich cross-section of contemporary woodcarving/woodturning movements, while also giving a retrospective nod to 20th century artists who bridged the gap between fine art and the contemporary craft world,” the museum said in a statement.

Furniture Masters’ exhibit

Members of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association exhibited new works in June at the Sharon Arts Center of the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Peterborough, N.H. The exhibition, “Design Perspectives: Work by the New Hampshire Furniture Masters,” featured work by 12 furniture masters and two emerging artists.

Exhibitors included Ted Blachly, Aurelio Bolgnesi, Jon Brooks, Greg Brown, John Cameron, Jeff Cooper, David Leach, David Lamb, Richard Oedel, Jeff Robers, Brian Sargent, Bill Thomas, A. Thomas Walsh and Bradley Wolcott.

Call for entries

The Society of Arts and Crafts, the oldest non-profit craft organization in the United States, issued a call for entries to its 2014 Artist Awards program.

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Initiated in 1994, the Artist Awards encourage and support the work of New England craft artists who demonstrate a mastery of their media and create original and innovative work. A panel of jurors will select three artists to receive a $3,000 cash award. Winners will participate in a group exhibition at the society’s Newbury Street gallery from May 2 through July 19, 2014.

The awards are open to craft artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood or mixed media. Artists must reside in New England and proof of residency is required from each award winner. Students enrolled in a full-time art study program and past Artist Awards recipients are not eligible.

The jurors are Dale Broholm from the Department of Furniture Design at Rhode Island School of Design; Janet Koplos, a freelance critic and author, and Kate Lydon, director of exhibitions at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh.

The entry deadline is Sept. 25.


Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton, MA. Tel: 508-588-6000.

New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association.

Society of Arts & Crafts, 175 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116. Tel: 617-266-1810.

This article originally appeared in the July 2013 issue.

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