July 26, 2007

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Local Color
Taking care with wood
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

• Custom by a master: There are still people in the world who make one-of-a-kind furniture. The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association was founded only about 14 years ago, but these people are devoted to making furniture by hand with care, as it was done before mass production. You get what you pay for. These items aren’t cheap. On the other hand, some of the masters’ work is in museums. Styles range from traditional to contemporary art pieces. To see their newest creations, visit “Art Unfolding: New Works by New Hampshire Furniture Masters,” at the New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park St. in Concord between Aug. 1 and Aug. 30. Work from select members of NHFMA will by displayed as well as pieces by guest and emerging artists and a participant in the Association’s Prison Outreach Program.

The exhibit is a preview for their main annual event, an auction Sunday, Oct. 21, at Wentworth-by-the-Sea Hotel in New Castle. Work by Jon Brooks, David Lamb and Wayne Marcoux will be featured, to name a few of the makers. Marty Milkovits is the emerging artist for 2007. Tickets to the October event cost $75.

Lucky for you, “Art Unfolding” opens with a free reception and a silent auction for smaller works Thursday, Aug. 2, at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds support NHFMA’s educational initiatives, the Prison Outreach Program and the Studio-Based Learning Program. Furniture Masters Jeffrey Cooper, Marcoux, Brian Sargent, William Thomas and guest artist Aurelio Bolognesi also host a “Collectors’ Night” Thursday, Aug. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit also has a new component, an artistic vignette co-created by the Furniture Masters and Concord-based art consultant Trish Anderson-Soule. For more about NHFMA, call 898-0242 or visit furnituremasters.org.

• More furniture: John McAlevey’s handmade contemporary furniture and lathe-turned bowls are featured at Exeter Fine Crafts in August. He uses mostly domestic hardwoods, such as cherry, maple and walnut, and traditional joinery. In 1962 John began to pursue the craft of woodworking and furniture design after seeing an exhibit featuring the work of contemporary craftsmen. He moved to Henniker and became an established woodworker. He has been a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen since 1965 and was a founding member of the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers. In 1993 he moved his workshop and home to Maine. Meet McAlevey at a reception Saturday, Aug. 11, between noon and 3 p.m. at Exeter Fine Crafts, 61 Water St., Exeter, 778-8282.



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