The exhibit represents the work of 8 inventive and accomplished Vermont wood and furniture designers, one of whom also acted as curator: David Hurwitz. Hurwitz was recently featured in an interview by Jane Lindholm on VPR’s “Vermont Edition” as a respected maker and champion of contemporary Vermont furniture. He was awarded the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association “Woodworker of the Year” award for 2014 for his “amazingly sensuous pieces”. His work is collected by discerning lovers of fine wood craft across the country.
Hurwitz’s fellow artisans in this exhibit are equally accomplished and include David Boynton, Johns Congdon, Chris Ericson, Erin Hanley, Mario Messina, Sam Norris, and Tim Peters. All of the these artists met the curator’s objective of showcasing artisans who create work that is “fresh and unique, mostly contemporary while utilizing different unusual details that make their work singular, and also possess superlative craftsmanship”.
The fact that all are based in Vermont makes this a fascinating companion exhibit to the Shelburne Museum’s concurrent show “Rich and Tasty: Vermont Furniture to 1850” which runs through November 1, 2015.
The work in this exhibit ranges from tables and cabinetry to jewelry boxes and pendent lamps, each piece unique in design and materials. The artisans will be available at the reception on September 18th to explain the conception and process involved in each piece, as well as answering any questions concerning their craft. All are welcome.