Join us for our ‘First Friday’ Reception, Friday, August 1, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 127 Newbury Street, Boston. Welcome the Masters to Boston and view their latest creations!
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NH FURNITURE MASTERS BRING THEIR ARTISTRY TO NEWBURY STREET AUGUST 1 to 15
Although furniture making is a centuries-old craft, contemporary makers across the country continue to realize their visions, creating exquisite, handmade furniture that plays off the past and hints at the future. Members of the Furniture Masters are among this elite group, working daily to propel high-end studio furniture making into the mainstream of the arts culture. Explore the results of their labors August 1st through the 15th in Furniture Masters: Artistic Visions, an exhibition offering Boston area visitors the finest examples of contemporary furniture being created today. The Furniture Masters will hold a ‘First Friday’ public opening for the exhibition on Friday, August 1st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and an artists’ reception will take place on Thursday, August 7th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The exhibition—featuring works by 16 Furniture Masters, 1 Invited Artist, 2 Emerging Artists, and participants in the Prison Outreach Program—will be on view at 127 Newbury Street Monday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.
Artistic Visions–Boston will highlight the work of nationally known Furniture Masters Ted Blachly (Warner, NH), Aurelio Bolognesi (Hardwick, MA), Jon Brooks (New Boston, NH), Timothy Coleman (Shelburne, MA), John Cameron (Gloucester, MA), Gail Fredell (Westport, MA), Tom McLaughlin (Canterbury, NH), Richard Oedel (Boston, MA), Jere Osgood (Wilton, NH), Brian Reid (Rockland, ME), Jeff Roberts (Unity, NH), Brian Sargent (Candia, NH), Bill Thomas (Rindge, NH), and A. Thomas Walsh (W. Stockbridge, MA) as well as Invited Artist David Masury (Kittery Point, ME), and Emerging Artists Greg Brown (Deerfield, NH) and Bradley Wolcott (Boston, MA). Pieces in the exhibition reflect the distinctive styles of each maker and range from Early American and Shaker to Contemporary and Art Furniture.
“The Furniture Masters were founded nearly two decades ago with the goal of keeping the traditions of craft, art and studio furniture alive in an era of mass-produced imports,” notes Furniture Masters Chair Richard Oedel. “Today our members represent the top artists working and teaching in this field and our furniture is held in public and private collections across the U.S. Our educational programs provide guidance for emerging furniture makers and allow us to reach hundreds of other makers and aficionados every year through our exhibits, speaking engagements, workshops and publications. Through the generosity of our partners, Jamestown and the Newbury Collection, we have been given a space on Newbury Street in Boston to help us raise awareness of our work and fund our educational initiatives. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to exhibit in Boston, a city with such rich cultural offerings, and we are deeply appreciative of our partners’ support.”
by A. Thomas Walsh