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BRATTLEBORO— “Evolving Traditions,” a new exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC), features the work of 15 Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers and six collaborating artists.

Tom Bodett, Timothy Clark, Greg Goodman and Charles Shackleton led the creation of the exhibit, which is on view until February 13, 2022 and includes their work.

The exhibit “highlights the creative energy and new thinking that Guild members bring to their work with this beautiful and confusing material – the flesh of trees – some ancient, once alive – who knew the sun, the wind. and the ground, ”Bodett wrote in a statement accompanying the exhibit.

Its theme was inspired by the evolving concepts of “home” and “work” during the pandemic as well as the growing attention of Guild members to sustainable furniture making practices. Each piece is accompanied by a statement retracing the influences of its creator and the evolution of his work over time.

“My work is constantly evolving,” said Clark. “As I approach the age of 60, I’m always finding new inspiration and trying new things. One life won’t be enough to create everything I can dream of, but at least it hasn’t been boring. “

The beds, chairs, tables, dressers, mirrors, wardrobes and other pieces in the exhibition draw inspiration from sources as diverse as the hand-carved furniture of gauchos in the Patagonian wilderness, the finely detailed Japanese art of woodwork kumiko, the mandala -like botanical paintings by Vernon artist Margaret Shipman, and illustrations by Dr. Seuss.

“Evolving Traditions” also features works by George Ainley, Jim Becker, Richard Bissell, David Boynton, Jason Breen, Erin English, Nick English, Chris Ericson, Bob Gasperetti, Erin Hanley, David Hurwitz, David Lewis, John Lomas, Pete E Michelinie, George Sawyer, Margaret Shipman and Shari Zabriskie.

“I appreciate the opportunity to present my work in a museum setting,” said Sawyer, of Woodbury. “I’ve always considered beautiful furniture to be functional art, and it was a chance to embrace that and see where it could lead.

Related events scheduled

BMAC will present two events related to the exhibition:

• A tour of the Putney workshop of carpenter Richard Bissell takes place on Sunday December 5 at 2 pm.

• A tour demonstration at the HatchSpace in Brattleboro on Wednesday January 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Register for both at brattleboromuseum.org.

The Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers is an association of master-level furniture makers dedicated to promoting quality craftsmanship, design excellence and the pursuit of artistic vision.

As described in a press release, the organization’s goal is “to increase public awareness and appreciation of this age-old art, thereby expanding the market for handcrafted furniture and promoting the common interests of furniture makers in the world. Vermont ”.

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