Opening Reception and Award Ceremony: Sunday, September 8, 2:00-5:00 pm
The Wharton Esherick Museum is pleased to announce Leave a Light On: The 26th Annual Juried Woodworking Exhibition, opening September 8th in conjunction with the Museum’s Annual Members’ Party. Celebrating innovative approaches to lighting, the exhibition includes 13 works by artists from across the country whose explorations in the transformative nature of light embody the next generation of artistry and craftsmanship in woodworking.
Launched in 1994, this annual competition challenges artists, woodworkers and craftspeople to draw inspiration from Esherick’s unique designs, encouraging artists to continue to reinvent the world around us. Esherick brilliantly integrated lighting into his work, as seen in his knock-out 1958 Cabinet Desk, which delights the user with lights that turn on when a drawer is pulled open, or his Expressionist lamps whose sculptural forms cast bold shadows across the room. Juried by Dr. Robert Aibel, Founder and Co-Director of Moderne Gallery, Thomas Scurto-Davis, Executive Director of the Main Line Art Center, and Laura Heemer, Curator for the Wharton Esherick Museum, the works in Leave a Light On range from the humorous, to the elegant, to the dramatic.
The opening reception for Leave a Light On will be part of the Annual Members’ Party, the Museum’s fundraiser and celebration of Wharton Esherick, which happens every September. The event also includes refreshments, woodworking demonstrations, and open house tours of Esherick’s studio and workshop.
Advance tickets are required and may be purchased at whartonesherickmuseum.org/
Exhibiting artists include: Dean Babin, Bob Brox, Ken Burton, Ashoke Chhabra, Eric Diven, Catherine Emil & Jared Williams, Jamie Herman, Sandy Huse, John Lutz, Jodie Prud’homme, Matthew Shewchuk, Brian Skalaski, and Janine Wang.