Vivian Beer

Vivian Beer
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art
Ellsworth, ME
July 13 - August 7, 2011

"This young american furniture designer, and Ellsworth native, is making her mark by merging organic metal forms with an urban aesthetic to create ruffle chairs, chaise lounges, and massive heron-like sculptures. Her new series of innovative bench design transform concrete and steel into voluptuous functional sculpture." - Karin Wilkes, Director, Courthouse Gallery.

Growing up in a rural setting the development of hand skills and the making of objects was a part of Vivian Beer’s daily life. Throughout her carrier this understanding of design as a hands-on process has influenced the format of both process and product. In 2000 she completed a BFA in sculpture from the Maine College of Art and went on to receive her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2004. While there the history of contemporary furniture design worked as a strong counterbalance to working in a number of craft schools and as a designer/fabricator of architectural ornamental ironwork. Throughout her education she has tiptoed through contemporary design, craft and sculptural aesthetics, and found the subject of furniture to be a passion. Vivian is a current artist in residence at Penland School of Crafts where she has begun a new body of expressive outdoor objects.

There will be an Artists' Talk on Wednesday August 3 at 6pm.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is located at 6 Court Street, in Ellsworth, Maine. Gallery Hours through June are Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm. Gallery hours for July and August are Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm, and Sunday 12noon - 5pm. For more information call 207-667-6611 or go to www.courthousegallery.com .