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Roots of Inspiration: Contemporary Functional Furniture

Roots of Inspiration: Contemporary Functional Furniture
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Schaefer International Gallery
Kahului, Maui, HI
November 10 - December 23, 2009

Stephen Hynson -- Biedermeier Goes Fishing

The idea for the upcoming Roots of Inspiration: Contemporary Functional Furniture exhibit came from the well known Maui furniture maker, Peter Naramore. His source of inspiration was an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, titled New American Furniture: The Second Generation of Studio Furnituremakers. Their concept in 1989, was to invite a group of renowned furnituremakers to use antique furniture as a point of inspiration to create unique new “studio furniture.”

Our 2009 adaptation brings together 20 of the finest woodworkers from around the state, exhibiting newly created furniture inspired by artifacts, antiquities or architecture of Hawaiian origin. Many of the artists specialize in inlay, carving, turning and veneer work. They make their living primarily from building furniture and are consistently involved in the re-interpretation of familiar, useful furniture forms.

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