The Art of Fine Furniture is a collection of pieces built by area woodworkers and artists that will be on exhibit at the Winona County History Center June 22 - August 11 with an exhibit opening 1 - 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22. The exhibit will showcase works of regional and local studio furniture artisans.
The artist’s styles are diverse, ranging from contemporary to traditional, and are inspiring in their execution of design, joinery and craftsmanship.
Either way, their pieces are inspiring in their execution of joinery and craftsmanship. The pieces in the exhibit are made one at a time, many are one of a kind, and most of them are available for purchase. There will be over twenty pieces on exhibit by eleven different artists.
Jamie Schell organized this beautiful collection of furniture to be exhibited. A craftsman himself, he says, “In my work, I enjoy playing with subtle curves to make conscious connections with things I have observed in the natural world, such as the ever changing face of a wave, or a curving blade of grass. These forms and attention to detail can be discovered in my furniture, woodwork, and fine art. I am driven to explore various mediums – hoping to uncover their mysteries and have the courage to be guided by what I find.”
The line up of artists featured in the exhibit, including Schell, also showcase the work of Mark Laub who recently assisted in the creation of Europa II- the 2009 Art Case piano for Steinway and Sons and Linda Sue Eastman, a nationally known artist specializing in leather tooling.
The exhibit will also explore some of the early furniture makers of Winona during the 1800s and will showcase early woodworking tools, books and other artifacts from the Winona County Historical Society’s collections.
Learn more about the artists and the exhibit at www.theartoffinefurniture.com. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund. Plan your visit at www.winonahistory.org or call 507-454-2723 for more information.