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The first of three exhibitions being mounted by the Furniture Guild of Indiana Artisans, Arts Depot, in Union City, hosts an opening reception Feb 2 for the show that continues through Feb 23.

(Jan. 23, 2018) – Artful, handmade furniture, built to be used and designed to be appreciated, will be showcased throughout February at the Arts Depot in Union City.

The Furniture Guild of Indiana Artisan exhibition will feature stunning, one-of-a-kind furnishings handcrafted almost exclusively using Indiana hardwoods by six of the state’s finest furniture makers: George Abiad, Abiad Woodworking, Anderson; Greg Adams, Willow by Greg Adams, Lapel; Darin Caldwell, Darin Caldwell Design, Rome; Andy Cole, Cole & Sons, Russiaville; Peter Falk, Falk Wood Studio, Cutler; and Kent Sussot, Straightgrain, Indianapolis. The artists will host an opening reception Fri., Feb. 2, from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Depot, 115 N. Howard St.

Chairs, tables, desks, music stands, and wood accent décor will range from sleek and modern to rustic and traditional. Displays will incorporate paintings and pottery by Union City-area artists.

“The furniture defines today’s Hoosier craftsmanship,” said Eric Freeman, director of the guild’s parent program, Indiana Artisan. “This exhibit demonstrates how these artists and others like them are writing new chapters in Indiana’s storied history of furniture making.”

This exhibition is a fine example of the quality and diversity of work Indiana Artisan has represented for the past 10 years. It is the first in a three-city series the Guild will host this year and next. Others will be April 22 – June 10, 2018 at the Anderson Museum of Art and Feb. 8 – March 10, 2019 at the Garrett Museum of Art.

The Union City exhibit will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tue. – Fri. through Feb. 23. Through the support of AARC members and corporate sponsorship provided by Frank Miller Lumber Co., admission is free throughout the month. Donations will be accepted at the door to support future shows and the arts in Randolph County.

In addition to furniture makers, Indiana Artisans are painters, woodworkers, jewelry designers, weavers, potters, glassworkers, beekeepers, winemakers, makers of specialty cheeses, chocolates, and more. An Indiana Artisan is a Hoosier recognized for careful attention to detail, knowledge of their craft and an entrepreneurial spirit. The organization was established in 2008 by a resolution of the Indiana Legislature to identify, recognize and promote the state’s highest-quality art, fine craft and foods. More than 200 artisans are recognized by the organization and represent the Indiana Artisan brand in nearly 65 counties.