Contemporary Greenwood

Billy Ray Sims, Bulrush and White Oak Basket, 2019, bulrush and white oak, 3” x 12” x 12”
David Colwell, A-Chair, 2018, steam-bent green ash, oil, and wax, 35” x 21” x 21”
Elisabeth Mezieres, Huit Petits Pas de Danse, 2019, dimensions range from ¾” x 1” x 1” to 3” x 4” x 4”
Jennifer Zurick, Nobody’s Perfect, 2017, willow bark and encaustic, 25” x 9” x 9”

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s Messler Gallery is hosting an exhibition of works made exclusively from “greenwood,” or freshly felled trees. While trees are still fresh, both wood and bark are malleable and green, hence the name. In the Messler Gallery’s Contemporary Greenwood exhibition, works from more than 20 artists from around the world are showcased. Artist locales vary from Sweden and the United Kingdom to Seattle, Washington, and Camden, Maine. “The artisans in Contemporary Greenwood have used these materials to create furniture, baskets, sculpture, and bowls that arrest the eye and please the hand,” says a gallery statement. “Many of them strive to incorporate craft tradition while keeping the work culturally relevant.”

As the only venue in Maine dedicated to exhibiting studio furniture year-round, the Messler Gallery seeks to advance the use of wood as a medium for artistic expression. The gallery operates as an educational space, enabling the community to view work by faculty and skilled woodworkers while providing exposure for local furniture makers, carvers, and wood turners.

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