Press Release: Inspiration, Design, Technique Exhibit, September 19 to October 1

By | September 12, 2017
For Immediate Release
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Photo Credit: Bill Truslow
Furniture Masters return to 3S ArtSpace
Inspiration, Design, Technique Exhibit
September 19 to October 1
Opening Reception and Pecha Kucha-style Presentation on Inspiration:Tuesday, Sept. 195 to 7 p.m.
Prison Outreach Program Sale: Saturday, Sept. 23, noon to 5 p.m.
Main Event: Sunday, October 11 to 9 p.m. with Gallery Exhibition, Silent and Live Auction followed by Dinner with the Masters
Dinner tickets are $35 all other events are free and open to the public
Black Forest Chair by Jon Brooks, New Boston, N.H., will be on the auction block at the N.H. Furniture Masters live auction at 3S ArtSpace in Portsmouth, N.H., on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – On Sunday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m. all eyes in the world of studio furniture making will be turned toward 3S Artspace at 319 Vaughan St. in Portsmouth, N.H., awaiting the final results of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters live auction.
The Furniture Masters include 25 plus members hailing from across New England but its following is worldwide. In the past two years, they have garnered the interest of 14,800 Instagram followers who witness the masterworks being painstakingly created in private studios and workshops. The Oct. 1 auction will mark the culmination of months and even years of hard work and will be duly noted by global followers from the wood carver in Turkey to the cabinetmaker in Australia. Best of all, you can have a front row seat.
‘Lucille’ rocking settee by Grant Burger, Pittsburgh, Penn., recipient of the 2017 Alden Artisan Advancement awarded by the N.H. Furniture Masters
The festivities all begin on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m., with an opening reception and Pecha Kucha-style presentation (20 slides in 20 seconds) on what inspires the Masters’ creative process. The evening is sponsored by the Guild of N.H. Woodworkers.
The event is geared to the student furniture maker or woodworker but the general public is most welcome to attend. All exhibiting Masters will be on hand for a ‘down and dirty, kick the tires, look under the hood’ preview of their work. The focus will be on dovetails and joinery and the intricacies of what makes the pieces masterworks. Furniture Masters Chairman Jeffrey Cooper of Portsmouth, N.H. explained, “Each Furniture Masters commits to creating the finest quality furniture possible but our mission is to share our knowledge with the next generation of furniture makers.”
Attendees will be encouraged to apply for the Alden Artisan Advancement, a $1,000 grant for a former student or woodworker with 10 years experience to design, create, market and exhibit an original piece of furniture with the Furniture Masters. The deadline for the 2018 Advancement is Sept. 30 and application information is available at www.furnitureinstitute.org/grants. Grant Burger, veteran and North Bennet Street School alum was the 2017 recipient and created ‘Lucille,’ a two-seater rocking settee that will be center stage at the 3S ArtSpace exhibit.
Redwood Coffee Table by Eric Windhurst, N.H. Prison Outreach Program student will be offered at the Prison Outreach Program sale at 3S ArtSpace in Portsmouth, N.H., on Saturday, Sept. 23, noon to 5 p.m.
On Saturday, September 23, from noon to 5 p.m., the public is invited to a sale of New Hampshire and Maine Prison Outreach Program pieces. Masters Tom McLaughlin and Terry Moore in New Hampshire and Brian Reid and Howard Hatch in Maine have taken the lead as primary instructors to provide expert training to participating students. Terry Moore, Wilmot, N.H., said, “The program is administered by our non-profit, the  American Furniture Masters Institute, and is one of the cornerstones of our mission. The Furniture Masters are always proud to exhibit our work next to the prison outreach students. “
The greatest testament to the Prison Outreach Program success is that no former student who has left prison has ever returned. The woodworking skills learned have translated into meaningful employment as carpenters and cabinet makers and made a life changing difference. This past year Eric Grant, a former student of the New Hampshire program, became a full-fledged Furniture Master and will exhibit his contemporary sofa table at 3S ArtSpace. His work has been a fan favorite at the live auction for years and as a result of his furniture sales he was able to earn a college degree and support his family.
Contemporary Sofa Table by Eric Grant, Bedford, N.H., will be on the auction block at the N.H. Furniture Masters live auction at 3S ArtSpace in Portsmouth, N.H., on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m.
The exhibit will conclude with the Main Event on Sunday, October 1, with a gallery exhibition and silent auction from 1 to 4:30 p.m., live auction at 5 p.m., all free and open to the public, followed by a celebratory dinner with the Masters following the day’s events.  Dinner tickets are $35 and may be purchased at www.furnituremasters.org/2017-main-event. All other events associated with the exhibit are free although donations are always welcome at www.furnitureinstitute.org/support.
In closing Cooper said, “We appreciate the response we have received on social media with all due credit to the photography of Bill Truslow of Portsmouth, N.H., but also encourage everyone to take the opportunity to see our masterworks in person where they can be fully imagined in your home or office for your lifetime and generations to come.”
For more about the Furniture Masters, www.furnituremasters.org or on Instagram @nhfurnituremasters.
Photo Credit: Bill Truslow, Portsmouth, N.H.
‘Escape Velocity’ by Owain HarrisDeerfield, N.H., won 2017 Best in Furniture at the League of N.H. Craftsmen Fair. The sideboard will be on the auction block at the N.H. Furniture Masters live auction at 3S ArtSpace in Portsmouth, N.H., on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m.
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Photo Credit: Bill Truslow
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