NH FURNITURE MASTERS HONOR JERE OSGOOD

Exhibition features the works of this preeminent American furniture maker

ed. note: The Furniture Society was proud to spread the word for 2002 Award of Distinction honoree, Jere Osgood, whose recent exhibition was on view at the  Furniture Masters’ Gallery, located at 49 South Main Street in Concord, NH, from September 12 through November 10, 2014. 

Jere Osgood
Water Tables by Jere Osgood
Brazilian tulipwood top (Dalbergia), wenge legs
15" d x 15" w x 25" h
Photo by Bill Truslow

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Gallery is honored to present an exhibit of work by Jere Osgood, one of the preeminent artist craftsmen in America. A maker since the 1950s, Osgood also began teaching in 1962. He began his teaching career at the Rochester Institute of Technology and, in 1975, went on to develop the Program in Artisanry at Boston University, a training initiative that was broadly influential in the studio furniture making field. Osgood’s thoughtful design approach of relating to forms in the natural world, coupled with his excellent joinery, has led to the creation of furniture that is both familiar and innovative. At age 78, Osgood continues to work regularly in his home studio. This exhibition features a collection of furniture and other works in wood from Osgood’s vast output. The exhibition will be on view at the Furniture Masters’ Gallery, located at 49 South Main Street in Concord, NH, from September 12 through November 10, 2014. An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 10 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Admission is free. “The level of sophistication in Jere’s work, both technically and artistically, has inspired enthusiasts and makers in the studio furniture field for decades,” notes NHFMA Gallery Director Ted Blachly, who has worked with Osgood for many years.

Osgood’s works have been exhibited widely and are held in many public and private collections including those of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the American Craft Museum in New York; the Johnson Collection (Objects USA); the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art; and the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH. He has been named a Fellow of the American Crafts Council for his extraordinary contributions to the field and was recently given an Award of Distinction from the Furniture Society. Osgood’s achievements have been chronicled in numerous publications including: Contemporary American Woodworkers, by Michael A. Stone (1986); Tradition in Contemporary Furniture (Furniture Studio Series) , by Rick Mastelli and John Kelsey (2001); The Penland Book of Woodworking: Master Classes in Woodworking Technique, by Lark Books (2006); and Speaking of Furniture: Conversations with 14 American Masters, by Warren Eames Johnson, Bebe Pritam Johnson, Roger Holmes, and Edward Cooke, Jr. (2013).

The New Hampshire Furniture Masters are very grateful to their 2014 Sponsors: Arthur D. Clarke & Co.; Bien Fait Decorative Arts Valuation Services, LLC; Christopher P. Williams Architects, PLLC; Arthur Clarke & Susan Sloan; The Courville Communities; The Duprey Companies (Gallery Sponsor); The Estate of Hilda Fleisher; William and Joanne Fleishman; G.H. Evarts & Co., Inc.; Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers; Hanna & Hanna, Inc.; Anthony & Cecie Hartigan; Innovation Design Bldg.; Jamestown; Lie-Nielsen Toolworks; Mike & Mary McLaughlin; Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Bank of America Corporation; MM Weston & Associates; New Hampshire Home; Newbury Collection; Northland Forest Products; Rare Woods USA; The Scott Lawson Companies; Steve Booth Photography; Sulloway & Hollis, P.L.L.C.; The Sununu Family; TD Bank, N.A., Trustee, Marion Cohen Trust; Vacuum Pressing Systems, Inc.; and Vintage Kitchens.

Founded over a decade ago, the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association (NHFMA) today enjoys a membership of more than two dozen craftsmen from across New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont who create studio furniture in an array of styles including Period, Early American, Shaker, Neo-Classical, Traditional, Contemporary and Art Furniture. For images or additional information on the Association or individual masters, please visit www.furnituremasters.org or contact Lori Ferguson, (603) 566-6368; lorilferguson@comcast.net.