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First Friday Opening for Mark Sfirri: La Famiglia

November 1 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


First Friday Opening for La Famiglia: Mark Sfirri | Fri, November 1, 2024 | 5:00 – 8:00 pm | In-person Event

Walk-in’s Welcome

Join us at the Museum for Art in Wood for First Friday and the opening of Mark Sfirri: La Famiglia, a highly autobiographical exhibition of new and never-before-seen work by celebrated artist and woodturner Mark Sfirri. This exhibition presents a way of thinking about the definition of family and its meanings through different lenses: families that are chosen vs. born into; families of species (trees and wood types) and identities; and familial strife and unconditional love, support, and dysfunction. It represents a coming to terms with generational passing through the artist’s adoption of a spontaneous “flow state” approach in his turning, carving, and surfacing processes.  The grandchild of four first-generation Americans who came through Ellis Island around 1900 and settled in Chester, the oldest city in Pennsylvania, the artist presents several installations of sculpture that consider communities comprised of families with their own histories, ethnic backgrounds, biases, and quirks—all trying to coexist in new and evolving worlds.

Remarks will take place at 6:30 pm.

This event is free to the public. The Museum for Art in Wood interprets, nurtures, and champions creative engagement and expansion of art, craft, and design in wood to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of it. A suggested donation of $5 per person enables us to provide programs and exhibitions throughout the year.


Questions? Please contact Katie Sorenson, Director of Outreach and Communications, at [email protected].

Image above: Mark Sfirri, Large group image of Ellis Islander’s series consists of 29 figures, 2021, Photo courtesy of the Artist


November 1
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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