The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association is sponsoring an exhibition that celebrates the work of furniture makers who have studied in UNH’s Department of Art and Art History. This free exhibition opened earlier this month and runs through September 7 at the Furniture Masters Gallery at 49 South Main Street in Concord, NH.
The fourth exhibition in the Association’s “Schools of Thought” series, this show examines work by graduates of the UNH program and considers the ways in which their education shaped their development as artists. Artists include Michael Ciardelli, Jeffrey Cooper, David Masury, John McAlevey, Fred Puksta, Mark Ragonese, and Molly Thunberg. The work of UNH Associate Professor of Art Leah Woods is also on display.
“The Furniture Masters group, both the UNH alumni who are part of it, and those who hail from elsewhere, are incredibly talented and generous with their time and knowledge,” says Woods. “They easily share techniques, ideas, and thoughts about each other’s work. This is an important dynamic of the group for me. Sometimes people can feel proprietary over their ideas, but the people in this group have such an open, supportive attitude–they want to succeed and make great work and they want others to be equally successful. I feel lucky to be connected to these artists.”
The Furniture Masters Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Gallery is closed on Sundays.