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Spotlight Talk: June Groff

In celebration of the textile works and artist relationships currently featured in our Home as Stage exhibition, we are excited to highlight the work of artist June Groff (1903-1974). In this fun 20-minute talk, we’ll explore Esherick and Groff’s friendship, evident in the letters and artworks exchanged between them, along with a look at Groff’s paintings and textile works throughout the Studio – both on display and those tucked away in the closets!

Home as Stage Virtual Opening

We celebrated the opening of Home as Stage, the final installment in our 50th anniversary year exhibition series in which we explore the idea of “home.” Featuring the work of four Philadelphia-based contemporary artists – Emily Carris-DuncanKay HealyColin Pezzano, and Stacey Lee Webber – complemented by a selection of textile objects on loan to WEM from The Fabric Workshop and MuseumHome as Stage asks visitors to consider Esherick’s home and Studio not only as the set on which the artist’s ambitions played out, but also as a stage that hosted players – often other artists – whose conversation, collaboration, and connection made Esherick’s life that much richer and more profound. Enjoy hearing from the artists in the exhibition and their experience using Esherick’s Studio as a stage for their own creative practices!

Spotlight Talk: Coat Peg Portraits

When Wharton Esherick built his stone Studio on the hillside above his home, he saved a space to recognize those who had helped him in its construction. Just inside the Studio front door, a series of wooden coat pegs each carved in the likeness of Esherick’s collaborators, and one for himself, playfully meld artistry and function. In this 20 minute spotlight talk, we’ll take a closer look at this cast of characters – John Schmidt, Albert Kulp, Aaron Coleman, Larry Hand, and Esherick himself – highlighting who they were and the role they played in creating this iconic space.

Creatives on Esherick: Virginia Blanchard

Enjoy a conversation with artist and furniture maker Virginia Blanchard, the first place prize winner in Home as Self, WEM’s 28th Annual Juried Exhibition showcasing a wide range of approaches to what it means to make a self-portrait. We’ll chat with Virginia about her piece in the exhibition titled Like The Virgin, her artistic path and evolution, her thoughtful and contemporary use of historic techniques including straw marquetry, and how her work intersects with Esherick’s philosophy and outlook.

Virginia Blanchard is a designer/maker of custom commissioned furniture and smaller batch goods. Her influences are primarily from late 19th through early 20th century European decorative arts, as well as abstracted natural forms. She primarily works with wood, straw, and reed, with a focus on marquetry and inlay. Virginia grew up in Pelham, New York.  After earning her B.A. in Russian from New York University, she went to study woodworking at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. She now lives in Mid-Coast Maine, designing and building furniture out of her 1848 ship captain’s home which she will be lovingly restoring for the rest of her natural life. Virginia shares her home with two excellent shelter mutts who are no help at all.

Rewind: Artist Talks, Events, & More

Spotlight Talk: Esherick’s Self Portrait

Creatives on Esherick: Katie Hudnall

Spotlight Talk: Building the Studio

Spotlight Talk: Architectural Drawings

Spotlight Talk: Anne Tyng, Geometric Architecture, and the Wharton Esherick 1956 Workshop

Creatives on Esherick: Sam Olshin and Lisa Dustin, Atkin Olshin Schade (AOS) Architects

Spotlight Talk: Preserving Esherick’s Windows

Curator Conversations: Daring Design with Mark Sfirri

Creatives on Esherick: Roberta Massuch: Artist-in-Residence

Curator Conversations: Daring Design with Laura Igoe

Spotlight Talk: Helene Fischer, Wharton Esherick, and Furniture as Sculpture

Spotlight Talk: Gifts

Spotlight Talk: Esherick’s Bedroom

Spotlight Talk: The Holzhausen Curtains

Spotlight Talk: Marjorie Content Photographs

Creatives on Esherick: Christian Burchard

Curator Conversations: Out of Bounds: The Art of Croquet with Jennifer-Navva Milliken

Spotlight Talk: Barnegat Bay Map

Wood And… Opening Reception

Curator Conversations: Exploring the American Craft Council Digital Collections with Beth Goodrich

Spotlight Talk: The Homemade Bandsaw

Creatives on Esherick: Jason Turnidge

Spotlight Talk: Esherick’s Models

Creatives on Esherick: Aspen Golann

Creatives on Esherick: Sarah Watlington

Spotlight Talk: Material Combinations in the Studio

Curator Conversations: Stairways to Imagining with Mary Savig

Spotlight Talk: In the Garden with Wharton Esherick

Spotlight Talk: Wharton’s Printing Press

Curator Conversations: Woodworking, Labor, and Modernism with Holly Gore

Spotlight Talk: Esherick’s World’s Fair Chair

Curator Conversations: Homer, Esherick, and Interpreting Artists’ Studios with Diana Greenwold

Spotlight Talk: Henry Varnum Poor’s Portrait Plates

Creatives on Esherick: Keunho Peter Park

Spotlight Talk: Winter Woodcuts

Curator Conversations: Exploring Connections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with Nonie Gadsden

Creatives on Esherick: Laura Mays

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