FARMINGTON – Heirlooms of Tomorrow will have as March Artist of the Month Fred O. Smith III of Farmington. An open house to introduce his work is planned for 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the gallery, 710 Wilton Road.

Smith has been building antique-style pine cabinets since 1991 after a fire severely damaged his woodturning mill in New Vineyard. Operating under the title of the Fred O. Smith Line, he developed his own “Shaker” style. Artists have been painting their own creations on the furniture.

Smith became increasingly interested in doing his own designs and pictures on the pine pieces. An early interest in drawing and painting was sidelined by college, the Navy and the return to operate the woodturning mill with his uncle and father, then by himself.

Smith took a course in acrylics from Farmington artist Mary Beth Morrison and he continues to broaden his scope to include people, places and things.

Vice president of UpCountry Artists, Smith included a few paintings in his exhibit last fall at the Sugarloaf Art Show. He is an owner of the SugarWood Gallery on Broadway, where he has finished furniture. Smith also exhibits finished and unfinished pieces at Maine Artisans Gallery in Rumford.

Heirlooms of Tomorrow is at 710 Wilton Road.


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