Pritam & Eames ready to roll out new Maine gallery exhibit

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Pritam & Eames, which closed its East Hampton, N.Y., gallery location in October, is ready to start rolling out exhibitions next month at its new location at The Gallery of Somes Sound in Somesville, Maine.

Walnut and leather chair with matte silver-plated copper.

The first exhibition opens May 15 and runs through Aug. 15. The opening show, “Garry Knox Bennett: Inside,” will feature Knox’s work along with other artists, including Wendell Castle, Judy Kensley McKie, Kristina Madsen, Tom Hucker, Jere Osgood, Timothy Philbrick, James Schriber, William Walker and Wendy Maruyama.

Bennett’s work includes furniture and decorative objects made during a career that has spanned more than 50 years.

“All of the work in this show is drawn from Bennett’s home in Oakland, Calif., which we visited for the first time last June when he invited us to dinner,” gallery partner Warren Johnson says. “The work that we saw that evening had an overall effect of providing valuable insight into the personality of this artist.”

“One of our biggest regrets in closing the Race Lane location of Pritam & Eames last year was losing the chance to host this Garry Knox Bennett show,” gallery partner Bebe Johnson says. “We are very pleased that Tyra Hanson, director of The Gallery at Somes Sound, offered us the first floor of her two-story gallery space in the beautiful village of Somesville so that we can continue to exhibit work by the celebrated group of artisans with whom we’ve been associated for so long.”

Bennett’s hall table and chair.

California Handmade

“California Handmade: State of the Arts,” an exhibit of innovative sculpture, furniture, textiles, jewelry and decorative arts by more than 80 state artists, is scheduled for June 7 through Jan. 2, 2016, at the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts in Alta Loma, Calif.

The exhibition, organized by the Maloof Foundation and Craft in America, takes inspiration from the California Design shows originated by the Pasadena Art Museum in the 1950s. The planning of the exhibition began with the identification of 12 core artists from California who were asked to recommend six additional colleagues in their field. Each artist submitted works created in the last three years.

Featured artists include Bennett, Maruyama, John Cederquist, Reuben Foat, Matthew Hebert, Barbara Holmes, Bill Hunter, Mike Johnson, Christine Lee, Laura Mays, Yvonne Mouser, Brian Newell, Christy Oates, Darrick Rasmussen and David Wiseman.

Contacts:

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

The Gallery at Somes Sound, 1112 Main St., Somesville, ME 04660. Tel: 207-244-1165. www.galleryatsomessound.com.

This article originally appeared in the April 2015 issue.

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