• A rich collection of imagery explores the actual homes of three of the most esteemed wood artist/craftsmen of the modern era: Wharton Esherick, Sam Maloofi, and George Nakashima. Tour the private homes of these masters and compare their innovation and vision through the medium of their own homes, gardens, and work areas. Step into their environments, where aesthetics are most accurately realized. You’ll delight in Esherick’s humble mountaintop home where straight lines were purposefully forbidden, and Maloof’s sprawling California home that expresses his inexhaustible creativity and industriousness. Nakashima‘s home is a harmonious marriage of Japanese influences with Pennsylvania’s rich natural resources. This book is a must-have for devotees of these artists, as well as aspiring woodworkers who want tutelage from the top.
  • open book showing spread of exhibition book cover with detail of becky suss painting
  • Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern explores Esherick’s artistic evolution during the early decades of the twentieth century, culminating in the exhibition of his work as part of the Pennsylvania Hill House at the 1940 World's Fair in New York City. Trained as an illustrator and painter, experienced in modern theater and dance, well exposed to new ideas in philosophy, politics, and literature, Esherick experimented with woodcarving and printmaking, laying the foundation for his emergence as an artist of remarkable range.
  • Kitchen Think: A guide to design and construction, from refurbishing to renovation By Nancy R. Hiller For two decades, Hiller has made a living by turning limitations into creative, lively and livable kitchens for her clients. Her new book, “Kitchen Think,” is an invitation to learn from both her completed kitchen designs (plus kitchens from a few others - including Wharton Esherick) and from the way she works in her Bloomington, Ind., workshop. Published by Lost Art Press. Hardcover. 8-1/2” x 11”, 368 pages and printed in full color.
  • Established in 1999, Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS), a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a coalition of museums throughout the country that were the homes and studios of American artists. From the desert vistas of Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico ranch to Winslow Homer’s studio on the rocky, windswept coast of southern Maine, the homes and studios in the network are sites of extraordinary creativity. The Wharton Esherick Museum is proud to be a founding HAHS member, and a site featured in this publication.

    Guide to Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios is the first guidebook to the network, conveying each artist’s visual legacy and setting each site in the context of its architecture and landscape, which often were designed by the artists themselves. Through portraits, artwork, and site photos, discover the powerful influence of place on American greats such as Andrew Wyeth, Grant Wood, Lee Krasner, and Donald Judd, as well as lesser-known but equally creative figures who made important contributions to cultural history---multimedia artist James Castle, photographer Alice Austen, and muralist Clementine Hunter among them.

    Organized by region Guide to Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios weaves the history of the sites’ architecture and landscape with the artists’ biographies and their visual legacy. The guide features portraits of the artists, examples of their artwork, site descriptions, and photographs as well as visitor information and a site map.

      Guide to Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios: A Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

    By Valerie A. Balint | Foreword by Wanda M. Corn, Preface by Donna Hassler and Katherine Malone-France

    Publication date: June 2, 2020. Paperback with flaps. 256 pages. 225 Color & B+W photographs.

    Cover photo by Don Freeman, 2019

  • Totebag is made from recycled material and features the print "Change, Change, Change" by Wharton Esherick from the book Rhymes of Early Jungle Folk.
  • This facsimile edition of a 1922 children’s book features seventy-three dynamic and whimsical woodcut illustrations—the first woodcuts that the famed American craftsman Wharton Esherick produced. A high-quality replica authorized by the Wharton Esherick Museum, this book reveals the foundation of Esherick’s direction as an artist. Edited by Museum director Paul Eisenhauer, it also features a foreword by Museum assistant curator Laura Heemer. The illustrations frame verses that introduce children to the principles of evolution, a highly controversial topic at the time: the book was published three years before the famous Scopes “Monkey” trial of 1925 that resulted in the inclusion of the teaching of evolution in public schools. Drawn by the excitement of the controversy, Esherick threw his passion into these illustrations. Afterward he would go on to carve over 300 woodcuts, leading to decorative carving, and ultimately, to Esherick’s realization that he was a sculptor rather than a painter.
  • Available as a black print on white t-shirt. 100% cotton
  • The Society was very pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with Bob Bascom and the Wharton Esherick Society staff in the production of this special publication and celebrates the life of a truly remarkable woman, and shares some of the stories from her lifelong relationship with her beloved husband, their family, and the community.
  • mug with Museum logo
  • Available in black print on white t-shirt, or as white print on black t-shirt. 100% cotton.
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  • small vessel with yellow base and interior with red flange with three holes small vessel with yellow base and interior with red flange with three holes
    Red Porthole, Porcelain, underglaze, glaze. 7" H x 4" W x 4" D    Created by WEM Artist-in-Residence Roberta Massuch, this one-of-a-kind ceramic vessel was inspired by elements of Esherick's Studio. Learn more about the Roberta Massuch: Artist-in-Residence exhibition, which features new site-specific works that reflect Roberta's sensitive and slow observation of Esherick’s idiosyncratic home and studio over the course of many months. Member discount cannot be applied. ITEM# RAM-WEM6
  • small vase with painted orange lines, tall yellow "chimney" and ladder-like handle small vase with painted orange lines, tall yellow "chimney" and ladder-like handle
    Orange Stripe Vessel, Porcelain, underglaze, glaze. 8" H x 4.5" W x 4" D   Created by WEM Artist-in-Residence Roberta Massuch, this one-of-a-kind ceramic vessel was inspired by elements of Esherick's Studio. Learn more about the Roberta Massuch: Artist-in-Residence exhibition, which features new site-specific works that reflect Roberta's sensitive and slow observation of Esherick’s idiosyncratic home and studio over the course of many months. Member discount cannot be applied. ITEM# RAM-WEM5
  • small vase with painted yellow lines, tall yellow "chimney" and pale reddish pink ladder-like handle small vase with painted yellow lines, tall yellow "chimney" and pale reddish pink ladder-like handle, on Esherick's deck table
    Yellow Line Vessel, Porcelain, underglaze, glaze. 8" H x 5" W x 3.5" D   Created by WEM Artist-in-Residence Roberta Massuch, this one-of-a-kind ceramic vessel was inspired by elements of Esherick's Studio. Learn more about the Roberta Massuch: Artist-in-Residence exhibition, which features new site-specific works that reflect Roberta's sensitive and slow observation of Esherick’s idiosyncratic home and studio over the course of many months. Member discount cannot be applied. ITEM# RAM-WEM4
  • tall white ceramic vessel with turquoise "awning" feature and tall three pane red window. Back side has faint yellow grid on surface tall white ceramic vessel with turquoise "awning" feature and tall three pane red window. Back side has faint yellow grid on surface
    Turquoise Awning, Porcelain, underglaze, glaze. 14" H x 6" W x 4" D   Created by WEM Artist-in-Residence Roberta Massuch, this one-of-a-kind ceramic vessel was inspired by elements of Esherick's Studio. Learn more about the Roberta Massuch: Artist-in-Residence exhibition, which features new site-specific works that reflect Roberta's sensitive and slow observation of Esherick’s idiosyncratic home and studio over the course of many months. Member discount cannot be applied. ITEM# RAM-WEM3
  • tall and narrow ceramic vase with yellow grid and turquoise top, holding yellow sunflowers tall and narrow ceramic vase with yellow grid and turquoise top, on Esherick's deck table
    Yellow Grid Vessel, Porcelain, underglaze, glaze. 13" H x 7" W x 4" D   Created by WEM Artist-in-Residence Roberta Massuch, this one-of-a-kind ceramic vessel was inspired by elements of Esherick's Studio. Learn more about the Roberta Massuch: Artist-in-Residence exhibition, which features new site-specific works that reflect Roberta's sensitive and slow observation of Esherick’s idiosyncratic home and studio over the course of many months. Member discount cannot be applied. ITEM# RAM-WEM2
  • ceramic vessel or white porcelain with a tall blue form on left, and yellow grid on right and a painted yellow grid on the base
    Primary Vessel, Porcelain, underglaze, glaze. 11" H x 9" W x 9" D    Created by WEM Artist-in-Residence Roberta Massuch, this one-of-a-kind ceramic vessel was inspired by elements of Esherick's Studio. Learn more about the Roberta Massuch: Artist-in-Residence exhibition, which features new site-specific works that reflect Roberta's sensitive and slow observation of Esherick’s idiosyncratic home and studio over the course of many months. Member discount cannot be applied. ITEM# RAM-WEM1
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