New Hampshire gallery takes a new look at chairs

atg1An exhibition from the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association is taking a fresh look at the chair. “Just Chairs: A Survey of Side Chairs,” features more than 20 chairs created by current and former members and invited guests. It will be on display through June 11 at the Furniture Masters’ Gallery in Concord, N.H.

The chair, a commonplace object that can be found in some form or fashion in virtually every American home, can take many different forms, each a reflection of the vision of the individual designer or maker, association and gallery director Ted Blachly says.

atg2“The chair is obviously not a new type of furniture. It probably came into being when an unknown cave person decided to dovetail a stick onto a rock to make a backrest. “Yet a chair is one of the more challenging pieces of furniture that a maker can build. The knowing craftsman understands the stresses that will be imposed upon it during its life and strives to address these structural concerns in an elegant way.”

atg3“Just Chairs” includes work by Blachly and members Jon Brooks, Garrett Hack, Howard Hatch, David Leach, Tom McLaughlin, Terry Moore, Jere Osgood and Thom Walsh, as well as former members Brian Braskie and Lenore Howe (two of the group’s founders), Omar Clairmont, John McAlevey and Jon Siegel.

Also included are works by David Friedline, David Masury, Tim Rousseau, Walker Weed and Brian Weir, as well as historical examples by George Nakashima, Duncan Phyfe and Hans Wegner.

Call for entries

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, is seeking entries for the fourth juried Maine Wood biennial. The exhibition is scheduled for Jan. 24 to April 2, 2014, at the school’s Messler Gallery.

It’s open only to Maine woodworkers and entrants are encouraged to submit original pieces that were made in state during the last five years, exhibit excellence in craftsmanship and design and have wood as their primary material. The entry deadline is Aug. 31.

Contacts

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, 25 Mill St., Rockport, ME 04856. Tel: 207-594-5611, www.woodschool.org

New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association, P.O. Box 5733, Manchester, NH 03108. Tel: 603-898-0242. www.furnituremasters.org