Time to enter SDFWA’s Design in Wood exhibition

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William Strenger’s coffee table, winner of Best Contemporary Furniture in the 2017 Design in Wood competition.

William Strenger’s coffee table, winner of Best Contemporary Furniture in the 2017 Design in Wood competition.

The San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association is preparing to host its 38th annual fine woodworking exhibition, Design in Wood, scheduled for May 21 to July 4 during the San Diego Country Fair at the Del Mar County Fairgrounds.

Design in Wood is open to all interested adult woodworkers. Entries must be created by the artist whose name appears on the entry form. Student work is not allowed.

There are 26 categories, including contemporary and traditional furniture and accessories, chairs and seating, CAD/CAM furniture, model building, clocks, veneering/marquetry; wood turning, wood carving, scroll saw work, and more.

A maximum of three entries may be submitted. Works previously displayed in Design in Wood are not eligible. All entries must be submitted through the fair’s website, www.sdfair.com, by Apr. 26.

Coffin and urn exhibition

A new exhibition of artist-made urns and coffins in wood, “Boxes to Die For”, opened Jan. 18 at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s Messler Gallery in Rockport, Maine. It will run through Apr. 10.

The “Boxes to Die For” exhibition at the Messler Gallery includes this urn by John Van der Kolk.

The “Boxes to Die For” exhibition at the Messler Gallery includes this urn by John Van der Kolk.

“Death turns out to be a fertile premise for artistic exploration,” says Victoria Allport, the gallery’s manager. “Twenty-eight respected makers from seven countries have responded with work that is visually and emotionally engaging to an extraordinary degree.”

The curators are wood artists Jennifer Anderson of San Diego and Graeme Priddle of Asheville, N.C., who also have pieces in the show.

The “Boxes to Die For” exhibition at the Messler Gallery includes this “Art Box Casket” by Tim Wigmore.

The “Boxes to Die For” exhibition at the Messler Gallery includes this “Art Box Casket” by Tim Wigmore.

U.S. exhibitors also include Joe S. Amaral and Laura Mays (Fort Bragg, Calif.); Chance Coalter and Jason Schneider (San Diego); Douglas Finkel (Lutherville, Md.); Mary Lauren Fraser (Montague, Mass.); Kristin LeVier (Moscow, Idaho); David J. Marks (Santa Rosa, Calif.); Mason McBrien (Union, Maine); John Mydock (Honolulu); Jim Piper (Portland, Ore.); Mac Ray (Damariscotta, Maine); David Sengel (Boone, N.C.); Elizabeth Spotswood-Spencer (New Bern, N.C.); Curt Theobald (Pine Bluffs, Wyo.), and Greg Zall (Petaluma, Calif.).

International exhibitors include Eric Adjetey Anang (Ghana); Ashley Eriksmoen, Neil Turner and John Van der Kolk (Australia); Michael Hosaluk and Art Liestman (Canada); Hubert Landri and Alain Mailland (France); Tim Wigmore (New Zealand), and Tak Yoshino (Japan).

For more, visit www.woodschool.org.

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