Fine Furnishings Show brings internal artists, buyers together

September 21, 2014 - table lamp

Have we ever browsed for home furnishings in a place where positively all is one of a kind? No general items, zero derivative or commonplace? Just equipment that make a statement?

The kind you’ve never seen before?

That special knowledge is what keeps intensity business entrance behind to a Milwaukee Fine Furnishings Show, to be hold Oct. 3-5 during a Garage during a Harley-Davidson Museum.

“I always envisioned a uncover to be a place where people can find seat and accent pieces that are domestic with good care,” says Karla Little, owner and organizer of a show, now in a ninth year.

“It’s also a place where intensity buyers can rise a attribute with an artist to emanate a tradition square for a special area, or to do additional work once a attribute exists.”

There will be some-more than 60 exhibitors during this year’s show, trimming from woodworkers to steel artists to weave designers. Once invited to participate, many of a exhibitors lapse year after year. Most are from Wisconsin or a Upper Midwest.

Metal, woodwork share space

Metal sculptor Dan Dricken has been a Fine Furnishings Show member for a past 5 years. He has a bachelor’s grade in art and sculpture from a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and will move his cast-iron, aluminum and bronze pieces, including lamps, to a show.

“I’ve sole some work during a show, and creation income is nice, though mostly it’s some-more about creation contacts to do some-more work down a road,” Dricken says. He’s a home alleviation executive by day who has built his possess tiny foundry in Milwaukee’s Riverwest area for his metalworking.

“The people who attend seem to have an appreciation for what goes into a work,” he says. “It’s a good uncover and any year it gets better.”

Nolan Wallenfang of Green Lake has been doing tradition woodworking for 30 years, though this will be his initial year he was invited to vaunt during a show. His counter will underline works in reclaimed pure pine, cherry, white oak, walnut and basswood, some of that comes from his 36-acre farm.

“My neighbor is a tree trimmer, so he provides an unconstrained supply of logs, too,” says Wallenfang, who has incited some of that timber into a vast china cabinet, tables, beds and a French doorway with an Art Nouveau-inspired transom — all of that will be for sale during a show. But assembly intensity clients is important, too.

“Custom work is my bread and butter,” he says. “If we had to rest on an income only from my studio pieces, I’d be flattering hungry.”

Natural luminaries underline paper, twigs

This will be Patricia McCleery’s initial year during a show, too. The former jeweler from Alden, Mich., will be exhibiting lamps she has designed and combined out of handmade paper and twigs.

“I call them luminaries, and they yield ambient lighting,” she says, “but they’re also matter pieces. we consider any flare has a possess celebrity since a twigs are so different.”

She gathers a twigs from her 30 acres nearby Traverse City, Mich. Sumac, birch, willow, mulberry, redbud and aspen dominate. “The sumac provides a driftwood look, a aspen gives a some-more branch-y and ethereal look,” she says. “It’s all different.”

Some are list lamps and some are building lamps.

“There seems to be a genuine adore of art in Milwaukee,” she says. “I wish to strech people who conclude an artful, country style.”

Woodworker mixes glass, healthy items

Woodworker Eric Neevel of Clyman in Dodge County is returning to a uncover after a rewarding initial coming final year. He specializes in churned media and found that show-goers were manageable to his work, that enclosed pieces such as a glass-topped coffee list done from a black walnut branch that had been hollowed out.

“I didn’t go into a uncover awaiting to sell much,” he said. “But we schooled a lot about what people wish only by listening and articulate to people who attended. They had a possibility to hold my work, lay on it, see it adult close. People were really receptive.

“It was a initial time someone called me an artist, and it was wonderful.”

MIAD students join

It will be a initial time several students from a Milwaukee Institute of Art Design will have their work on exhibit, too.

Each year, MIAD students are invited to participate, and Robert Lynch, highbrow of interior pattern and pattern during MIAD, says they’re eager about a opportunity.

“It’s a possibility for them to showcase their work alongside that of determined artists,” he says, “and it’s utterly an confirmation for them. People are always really gracious. Very encouraging.”

Sometimes a work represents a initial time a tyro has designed and built a square from judgment to completion, he says, “but mostly we would never know that.”

In fact, one year a MIAD student’s work — a maple chair with leather straps — was selected Best in Show.

Artists suffer atmosphere

At a other finish of a spectrum is Tim Brudnicki, a self-taught, full-time timber artist from Eau Claire whose career has spanned roughly 20 years.

He participates in a dozen or so shows a year, though final year was his initial time exhibiting during a Milwaukee Fine Furnishings Show.

“There’s a plain organisation of illusory artists who move their one-of-a-kind work to a uncover that’s only amazing,” says Brudnicki, whose career developed from finish carpenter to cabinetmaker to woodworker to timber artist.

This year he’ll move pieces from his River’s Edge Series that incorporates timber and Lake Superior stones. He’s also introducing his Vineyard Series, that is a partnership with welder and blacksmith Greg Johnson.

“It’s a good place to bond with critical intensity clientele,” Brudnicki says. “But as we walked down a aisles final year, we also was desirous by all a good work we saw and a unrestrained and appreciation that’s all around.

“There’s a wow cause to this show,” he says. “It’s distinct any other I’ve participated in.”


What: Milwaukee Fine Furnishings Show

When: Oct. 3-5. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Garage during a Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

Admission: $10

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