A Bench for the Montshire

by TruexCullins, May 3, 2011

Rolf Kielman, architect and principal with TruexCullins, recently collaborated with Lauritz Larsen, local furniture maker and artist, on a project for the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont.  Together, Rolf and Lars crafted a bench for visitors to the museum’s Woodland Garden as part of a competition open to members of the Vermont Furniture Guild.  In January a jury reviewed the submissions and selected Rolf and Lars’ design as one of five benches to be commissioned by the Montshire Museum.
The goal of the competition is to expand public awareness of and appreciation for the work of Vermont artisans, and provide artistic and functional features that will enhance visitors’ enjoyment of Montshire’s Woodland Garden.
An opening reception will be held this Friday, May 6th, from 5 to 8pm, at the Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center, on Church Street in Burlington.  The event is free and open to the public. The five winning benches will be on display on Friday night and will remain at Frog Hollow throughout the month of May.  In addition to Rolf Kielman and Lars Larsen, the exhibit features the work of master craftsmen Doug Clarner, Mark Dabelstein, David Hurwitz, and Dan Mosheim and sons.  After the show the benches will be permanently installed in the Montshire Museum’s Woodland Garden in Norwich.

We hope you can come out on Friday night and check out the winning designs and support all our Vermont artists!

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