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Maine school’s retiring founder curates exhibit


“Straight from the Heart,” a farewell exhibition curated by the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s outgoing founder and executive director, Peter Korn, has opened at the school’s Messler Gallery in Rockport, Maine through Jan. 5.

Korn is retiring this month on his 70th birthday, fulfilling a promise he made to himself and the center’s board eight years ago. The exhibition pays homage to the mentors and peers who’ve enriched his five-decade career, and whose knowledge and participation have contributed to the school’s success of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.


“I love this exhibition. It communicates the spirit, mission, and lineage of the school better than words ever could,” Korn said in a statement.

Korn’s mentors include Art Carpenter, Tage Frid, James Krenov, and Alan Peters.

The list of participating peers, all of whom have taught at center, include Brian Boggs of Asheville, N.C.; Garrett Hack of Thetford Center, Vt.; David Haig of Nelson, New Zealand; Thomas Hucker of Jersey City, N.J.; Beth Ireland of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Tom Kealy of Somerset, U.K.; Silas Kopf of Northampton, Mass.; Aled Lewis of Machynlleth, Wales; Michael Puryear of Shokan, N.Y.; Chris Pye of Hereford, U.K.; Tim Rousseau of Rockport, Maine, and David Upfill-Brown of Gerringong, Australia.

The exhibit also features four pieces made by Korn between 2005 and 2021.

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Lone Star salute

The 22nd annual Texas Furniture Makers Show opened Nov. 4 and will run through Dec. 18 at the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center in Kerrville, Texas.

The juried exhibit features the work of 28 makers, including furniture and home accessories. Judges were Jim Wallace, Brian Berdoll and Anissa Kapsales.

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