Lambertville, NJ: On Thursday, May 17, Rago Arts and Auction Center hosts an open house with Mark Sfirri speaking on “The Development of the American Studio Furniture Movement in the 20th Century.” Sfirri will trace the historical roots and evolution of the American Studio Furniture Movement – from the early days of the Arts and Crafts movement, through the Mid-Century Studio Movement, to the introduction of new techniques and the practitioners at work today.

Mark Sfirri is a designer and furniture maker who studied under Tage Frid at the Rhode Island School of Design and has run the Fine Woodworking Program at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania since 1981. He designs and makes furniture and sculpture, mostly in wood, and incorporates lathe-turned forms on multiple axis in his work. He has lectured and demonstrated his techniques throughout North America and Europe, as well as in Australia and New Zealand, and has written eighteen articles on design, technique and history for a number of craft publications.

The auction house opens on Wednesday, May 17 at noon. A wine and cheeses reception begins at 5 pm. The presentation will begin at 6 pm.

Please R.S.V.P. to or 609-397-9374 ext. 119. If you are unable to R.S.V.P. in advance, please join us. All are welcome.

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