Furniture as Art
Please Be Seated ……
On These Walls
Furniture from the Permanent Collection
Rustic Regional Windsor Chairs
January 21 – March 12, 2017
Opening Reception – Sunday, January 22, 2017
1-2 pm – Artists and members, 2-4 pm – public reception
- February 19, 2pm – Gallery Walk for “On These Walls” The artists will discuss their paintings
- February 26, 2pm – Gallery Walk for “Please Be Seated” the woodworkers will discuss their creations
- March 12, 2 pm – Rustic Windsor Chairs – Presentation by David Bosted, exhibit curator
Four exhibits-in-one highlight the items that bring comfort and beauty to our lives – Furniture as Art. How many of us take our daily surroundings for granted? This exhibit helps us to see the everyday with fresh eyes.
On the museum’s second floor, Furniture from the Permanent Collection features furniture from the collection of the Trenton Museum Society – antique furniture made in and associated with Trenton. Many of these reminders of Trenton’s past manufacturing heyday have never before been seen by the public. Rustic Regional Windsor Chairs includes a collection of early Windsor chairs loaned by private collectors. “The Windsor chair was the most popular style of Early American chair,” according to TMS trustee and curator of the exhibit David Bosted. “The first American Windsor chair is believed to have been made here in the Delaware Valley in 1730. About a dozen pre-1850 Windsor Chairs will be on view along with a half-dozen colonial-revival reproductions, to illustrate the various forms and artistic features of rustic regional Windsor chairs.”
The first floor galleries feature Please be Seated displaying the work of contemporary area furniture designers and the diversity of styles and materials they use. Notable furniture designers in the show include award winning authentic period furniture maker Robert Whitley, contemporary designer of heirloom quality furniture Geoffrey Noden, and Ru Amagasu carrying on the Nakashima tradition, as well as other regional craftsmen.
In addition, On These Walls, a display of contemporary painting, highlights the role furniture plays in our lives and our homes. “Artists have included furnishings in their work for years, but viewers often look only at the figures without examining the furnishings that reveal so much,” says exhibit curator, Carol Hill. “Imagine a favorite painting without the familiar chair or desk that makes it so memorable.” This exhibit prods viewers into taking another look at the environment of the painting.
On These Walls features paintings of interior scenes by well-known area artists Robert Sakson, AWS, Joe Gyurcsak, Resident Artist at Utrecht, and large-scale figurative artist Norman Simms among others.
Events during the exhibition include lectures and demonstrations for the public to learn more about the furniture and artwork on display — the things we live with and enjoy everyday in our homes.
- January 19 – Third Thursday demonstration by Geoff Noden – Members and their Guests only
- February 16 – Third Thursday “The Nakashima Tradition” with furniture designer, Ru Amagasu– Members and their Guests only
- February 19 – Gallery Walk for “On These Walls” The artists will discuss their paintings
- February 26 – Gallery Walk for “Please Be Seated” the woodworkers will discuss their creations
- March 12 – Rustic Windsor Chairs
Read Ilene Dube’s insightful review published in US 1.