During the 2017 Season, The Gallery at Somes Sound will continue its collaboration with Pritam & Eames Furniture. In addition to the artists and furniture makers that the Gallery at Somes Sound traditionally represents, this cooperative venture with Pritam & Eames puts us in touch with work by artist-craftsmen of international standing like Judy Kensley McKie and Garry Knox Bennett, among others. Both The Gallery at Somes Sound and Pritam & Eames share a long-term commitment to 21st-century fine art and fine furniture.
JUDY KENSLEY McKIE: McKie was born in Boston, studied painting at RISD, where she received a BFA in 1966. McKie’s use of animal, bird, and fish imagery in her furniture is well established. Equally compelling, however, are her carved, abstract-pattern pieces, which date back to the early 1970s and her days as a beginning woodworker. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco; the Frederick Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Museum of Art & Design, New York, NY; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; the Toledo Museum of Art, OH; the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; the Vice President’s Residence, Washington, DC; Jack Lenor Larsen’s LongHouse Foundation, East Hampton, NY; the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT. McKie’s public outdoor pieces include a bronze sculpture, Ibis Ascending, in the Garden of Peace, Boston, MA; and five bronze jaguar benches in a small Paris park in the 5th Arrondissement. McKie lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband, artist Todd McKie.
GARRY KNOX BENNETT: Bennett, a California native, has also been the subject of numerous books, articles, and exhibition catalogues including New American Furniture: The Second Generation of Studio Furniture Makers, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1989, and The Maker’s Hand: American Studio Furniture 1940-1990, also published by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2003. Among his honors and awards, Bennett received The Furniture Society’s Award of Distinction in 2004; in 1996, he was inducted into the College of Fellows by the American Craft Council; and, in 1984, he was awarded a Visual Artist’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Bennett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY; De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; Fine Arts Museum, Mobile, AL; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England; Montreal Museum of Art, Montreal, Canada; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA. Bennett’s home and studio is in his beloved Oakland, CA.