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The Furniture Society will hold its Eleventh Annual Conference at the University of Victoria, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, June 20-23, 2007. The conference’s lead sponsors are UVIC, Camosun College, and Powermatic.

This year’s conference theme, Cultural Mosaic: Reflections from the Coastal Rain Forest, will explore the historical and aesthetic influence of Victoria’s founding cultures: First Nations, European and Asian.

The Furniture Society’s annual conference promotes exchange among the many communities represented by the Society, including furniture makers, educators, students, collectors, museums and galleries. Over three days, there will be over 50 presentations, lectures, panel discussions and demonstrations, with an additional day of pre-conference tours and local activities. Five major furniture shows are planned during the conference with several running for more than a month.

Robert Davidson, one of Canada’s most respected and important contemporary artists, will be the opening keynote speaker. Davidson is a Northwest Coast native of Haida descent and is a master carver of totem poles and masks and works in a variety of other media.

Other speakers and presenters include Judson Beaumont, Sylvia Bennett, Ned Cooke, Michael Fortune, Michael Hosaluk, Thomas Hucker, Bebe Pritam Johnson, John Kelsey, John Lavine, Peter Pierobon and many others.

Registration is available online at or by calling The Furniture Society at 828-255-1949.