Event Date/Location



Portrait above by Peter Varnum Poor

Spring Exhibition Wharton & Henry:
An Inspiring Pair

Henry Varnum Poor and Wharton Esherick were both pioneers in the American Craft Movement, bridging the gap between fine art and craft – Wharton with furniture and Henry with ceramics. This exhibit brings together works from the Wharton Esherick Museum and from Crow House, Poor’s home and studio in New City, New York, to explore this inspiring and productive friendship

Opens: Saturday, March 22nd.

Closes: Sunday, June 22nd.

Place: Museum's Visitors Center

Admission: Free


Mark Sfirri Exhibit at Penn State Great Valley

Mark Sfirri Exhibit

Woodworker Mark Sfirri has many peices on view at Penn State Great Valley. Known for bluring the line between woodturning and sculpture. “As a furniture maker and sculptor much of my work centers around the wood lathe-turned object. Turned pieces, sometimes turned on several different axes, have allowed me to explore form in a spontaneous, mathematical, creative way.”

Opens: Thursday, March 27th.

Closes: Thursday, May 22nd.

Place: Penn State Great Valley

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Wharton & Henry
Friends in Art and Craft:
Talk by Caroline Hannah

Caroline M. Hannah is a design historian based in New York and has written about the decorative arts and crafts in contemporary life. She will be discussing the 50 year friendship between Wharton Esherick and Henry Varnum Poor- a friendship which influenced and supported their creative achievements.This talk, at Penn State Great Valley, is in conjunction with the museum's exhbit "Wharton and Henry: An Inspiring Pair."

Date:Thursday, April 24th

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Place: Conference Center at Penn State Great Valley

Cost: Free

Advanced registration required:

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Modern Gallery, Philadelphia

David Ebener: 50 Years of Studio Furniture at Moderne Gallery

David Ebener is a long practicing artist in the American Studio Furniture Movement. A 1968 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, he worked under legendary wood sculptor Wendell Castle as well as studied in London. "Through the use of stripped down classic forms, David Ebner has updated and extended the mode of furniture solidified by Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima, Sam Maloof and the early Wendell Castle" (John Perreault).

His work will be on view at Moderne Gallery, in Philadelphia. This gallery is renowned for the exhibition and sale of vintage 20th Century furniture, lighting and accessories.

Opens: Friday, April 25th

Closes: Monday, June 30th

Place: Moderne Gallery

Cost: Free

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Penn State Great Valley

Emil Milan Show at Penn State Great Valley

Midcentury Modern craftsman Emil Milan became known for his combination of sleek, clean lines and organic shapes. He worked mainly in Pennsylvania until his death in 1985. Penn State Great Valley showcases his designs as well as has arranged for a panel to discuss the artist who has been described as a loveable curmudgeon, innovative woodworker and gifted designer.


Opens: Monday June 9th

Closes: Friday, September 26th

Place: Penn State Great Valley

Cost: Free

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Cabinet by Wharton Esherick

2014 Woodworkers' Competition:
Small Cabinets

The 21st Annual Woodworkers' Competition announces its theme as "Small Cabinets".

We encourage woodworkers of all skill levels to create innovative and functional items, much like Wharton Esherick did. For more information or to submit your rendition of a birdhouse, click the links below.

More information or Submit

Submission deadline:
July 1, 2014

Sept - Dec. 31, 2014
Wharton Esherick Museum


     Wharton Esherick Museum
     P.O. Box 595
     Paoli, PA 19301-0595