Eleven benches, crafted by local and regional furniture artists, not only furnish the galleries but also provide an important link between the Museum and New England artists. The Museum has commissioned benches by Silas Kopf, Kristina Madsen, Dale Broholm, Hank Gilpin, Judy Kensley McKie, Rick Wrigley, Polly Cassel, Rosanne Somerson, Mark Del Guidice, Wendy Stayman, and Jason Berg.
While distinctly contemporary in design, the furniture of Dale Broholm respects its historical roots. For Sit Up & Take Notice!he was challenged by the donor to make a comfortable bench that would provide rest for weary museum visitors, resulting in the only upholstered piece in the project. As he says, “My philosophy is that each piece of furniture should be a beautiful, functional, comfortable, durable work of art. Furniture should enhance life, both physically and mentally.”