After nearly a decades hiatus, the Leelanau Furniture Show is back -- in
a new location inside downtown Traverse Citys Artisan Design Network
(ADN) cooperative gallery on Front Street -- ready to dazzle crowds with
handcrafted one-of-a-kind designs, May 21-28.
The weeklong invitational exhibition and sale will showcase the regions
finest furniture makers and craftspeople whose works in wood, metal,
glass, stone, fabrics, epoxy, enamel and paint are a celebration of form,
function and the inspiration of Northern Michigan.
Many of the 40-some exhibitors also belong to the year-round ADN co-op,
which opened its doors in January 2010 and features a wide-ranging juried
collection of fine art and furnishings.
This years show spotlights regional sculptors, Dewey Blocksma and Bill
Allen. They have gleefully embraced the idea of sculpting furniture for
this event, says organizer and rustic twig furniture maker Bill Perkins.
He and the shows other founders Larry Fox, Dave Elmgren, Bob Purvis and
Donna Popke join a lineup of artisans whose styles run the gamut from
rustic to industrial.
In addition to the new location, the Leelanau Furniture Show is now set in
spring, rather than its prior airing in the fall. Perkins says both moves
will provide more exposure for the artisans.
Consider this: As the regions reputation as a center for the arts
continues to grow, the talent pool has grown with it, says Perkins. The
first Leelanau Furniture Show (in 1995) featured 20 exhibitors. This year,
that number has more than doubled.
An opening reception, on Friday, May 20, runs 6 to 11 p.m. The rest of the
show, May 21-28, runs from noon to 6 p.m. daily.
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