May 12, 2013

In the Arts: Marshall finds more than just function in a paper bag

By PHILIP ISAACSON

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James Marshalltitle:  "Dynamic composition II"2012graphite, plaster, pva on paper
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“Dynamic Composition II,” 2012 by James Marshall, graphite, plaster and polyvinyl acetate on paper

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James Marshalltitle:  "Deconstructing Donald"2013graphite, plaster, pva on paper
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“Deconstructing Donald,” 2013, by James Marshall, graphite, plaster and poly vinyl acetate on paper

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ON VIEW

JAMES MARSHALL --

GRAPHITE/PAPER

WHERE: ICON Contemporary Art, 19 Mason St., Brunswick; 725-8157

HOURS: 1 to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday

CLOSES: May 25

CURRENT STUDENT WORK

WHERE: Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, 25 Mill St., Rockport; 594-5611

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

CLOSES:

May 29

This is a remarkable exhibition.

OVER THE YEARS, I have seen various types of shows at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport. Some have been exhibitions of the work of accomplished artists, some have been multistate competitions and some have been the work of current students at the Center. Of the three, I find the third -- the work of current students -- the most remarkable. That a motivated person can, during a 9-month comprehensive course, produce work of such skill continues to surprise me. There is still time to see this year's show and it is uniformly fine. I suppose the biggest surprise to me is the fact that the items are for sale. To make selections among them for a column of this sort is unfairly arbitrary, but I'll mention those that remain in my mind.

A simple, beautifully turned cherry bowl distinguished by cutout forms along its upper edge by Chris Roy appears. It's easy to ruin a work of this type with unnecessary embellishment. Mr. Roy avoided the trap and gave his piece a level of elegance rare to the form.

A cabinet and stand of pear, walnut and other woods by Jon Reif are a handsome example of lamination, cutout work and general furniture making. The quality of its finesse is very high. I make the same remarks about a cabinet of Swiss pear and soft maple by Mark Galipeau and add that its interior cabinetry is both elegant and shrewd. Mr. Galipeau is also represented by a walnut hall table with handsome articulated legs. A cabinet for the display of violins entitled "Duet Cabinet" by Judi Bonzi is, with its stand, a tour de force of high ambition.

There is much more to see and there are other works that you may prefer.

Philip Isaacson of Lewiston has been writing about the arts for the Maine Sunday Telegram for 48 years. He can be contacted at:

pmisaacson@isaacsonraymond.com

 

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Cabinetry by Center for Furniture Craftsmanship student Jon Reif.

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Cabinetry by Center for Furniture Craftsmanship student Judy Bonzi

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Cabinetry by Center for Furniture Craftsmanship student Mark Galipeau

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