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Eighteen Maine artists will exhibit contemporary furniture at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville from April 22 through June 10. “Maine Contemporary Furniture” explores international trends and the diversity of influences in contemporary design–Shaker, Bauhaus and Asian.

Materials range from traditional woods, such as cherry and mahogany, to steel, glass, plastic and rubber. While some of the artists adhere to the principle that form follows function, others focus on materials and the poetics of structure.

The exhibit includes a Shaker influenced chest of drawers by Chris Becksvoort; a cobalt blue glass, wood and stainless steel table by James Carpenter; and an armoire made of recycled architectural fragments and found objects by Heidi Gerquest and Greg Frangoulis.

Gregory Williams, assistant director of the museum, is curator of “Maine Contemporary Furniture.” There will be an opening reception on Sunday, April 22, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and the public is invited. Colby museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and the museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. For information call 207- 872-3228 or visit