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The Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts and Design welcomes guest lecturer Mark Sfirri, an internationally renowned artist, sculptor, teacher and one of the foremost wood turners in the world, who has been studying and researching Wharton Esherick since 2006.  Sfirri has authored eighteen articles on history, design, and technique for a variety of craft publications and authored six articles on Esherick for Woodwork and Journal of Modern Craft.  Mark will discuss Esherick's journey from painting, to printmaking, to graphic design, and eventually sculpture and furniture, where he made his biggest mark.  Wharton Esherick (1887 - 1970) was an internationally significant figure in the landscape of art history and American modern design. As a sculptor, Esherick worked primarily in wood and extended his unique forms to furniture, furnishings, interiors, buildings, and more.  Now recognized as the leader of the Studio Furniture Movement, Esherick saw himself as an artist, not a craftsman, and his concern was with form, not technique. He pursued his artistic vision in forms that might turn to furniture or other sculptural furnishings. Mark Sfirri studied furniture design at Rhode Island School of Design, where he received both his BFA and MFA while studying under Tage Frid. He is a woodworker who incorporates lathe-turned forms in his furniture and sculpture. His specialty within turning is the use of multiple axes, which has allowed him to create forms that are not readily apparent as turned objects.  Since retired, he ran the Fine Woodworking Program at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA for 36 years and received the "Distinguished Educator Award" in 2010 by the Renwick Alliance.  His work is included in the permanent collections of twenty-seven public institutions including the Museum of Art and Design (NYC), The Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian Institutions, Washington DC), The Yale Art Gallery (New Haven, CT), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Mint M
  • Start:September 29, 2018 Time: 2:00 PM
  • End:September 29, 2018 Time: 11:59 PM
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  • Where:Design, 6355 Pidcock Creek Road, New Hope, Pennsylvania, United States
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  • Event Type: Arts & Theater
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