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Students take the stage at Messler Gallery exhibit

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship held its annual exhibition of current student work, Apr. 16 to May 26, at its Messler Gallery in Rockport, Maine.


Students from the school’s flagship professional training course, the Nine-Month Comprehensive, presented furniture and decorative objects. They come from an array of backgrounds and professions, including environmental engineering, information technology, contract construction, biochemistry, cabinetmaking, sculpture, and military service.

For many, this exhibition was their first opportunity to present work in a professional setting.

“I salute this year’s students for persevering through the pandemic to create such a fine body of work,” says lead instructor Tim Rousseau. “The range of creative expression and the quality of craftsmanship are outstanding.”

The course requires students to complete sequential projects that take them from woodworking fundamentals through fine points of design and craftsmanship. Rousseau is joined by 12 co-teachers who possess expertise in specialties such as casework, finishing, carving, drawing, bending, veneering, and chair making.

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A tough act to follow

“Following Esherick”, an exhibition reflecting the influence of Wharton Esherick, runs through June 27 at the Irvin & Lois E. Cohen Gallery in Reading, Pa.

Presented by GoogleWorks in partnership with the Wharton Esherick Museum, the juried exhibition features work by Esherick (1887-1970), Jasper Brinton, Michael Brolly, Amy Forsyth, Ray Kelso, Jack Larimore and Michael Puryear.

The exhibition is sponsored by the John and Robyn Horn Foundation.

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This article was originally published in the July 2021 issue.

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