Upcoming Events

culture, architecture, sustainability, art, craft, and design with particular attention to their relationship to nature. 

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Spring Clean Up & Docent Training

April 28, 2018 

Spring Clean-Up Day volunteers will help prepare  the Raymond Farm house for the 2018 season. Tasks will include dusting, vacuuming, cleaning windows, and waxing shoji tracks. Cleaning will start at 9am and finish at noon. Lunch will be provided afterwards.

Participants interested in becoming a docent will take a guided tour of the Raymond Farm led by John DeFazio. This tour will cover basic information about the house, property, and the Raymonds that all tours will include. Additional detailed information will be included in the docent manual.*

*Please note that becoming a docent is a long term commitment. We hope that docents will volunteer approximately every other month during our season from May-November. 

Calendar signups for future volunteer opportunities will be presented at lunch and after docent training.

Schedule : 

9:00-12:00 - Farmhouse clean up 

12:00 - Lunch 

1:00-3:00 - Docent training

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Japanese Tea Ceremony hosted by the Raymond Farm Center and Nakashima Woodworkers 

April 29, 2018

2:30 - 4:30 pm  

Sold Out 

Commemorate the 80 year relationship between the Raymond and Nakashima families in a carefully curated tea ceremony on Sunday, November 19, 2:00pm-3:00pm. Mira Nakashima and Charlotte Raymond will be on hand to welcome you at the Guesthouse, at the Nakashima Woodworkers, in New Hope, PA. Tea master, Taeko Sensei, of the Urasenke Tea School, will conduct the ceremony of select teas and sweets in the George Nakashima-designed tearoom, which will be graced with specially arranged ikebana.  

The ceremony itself will feature a curated selection of Dōgu (teaimplements and utensils), Kakejiku (the Japanese scroll painting or calligraphy that is to be contemplated during the ceremony), and pottery selected from the Nakashima's and Urasenke tea school's private collections. The tea itself will be heated by Sumidemae, the special charcoal-fire procedure that takes five days to prepare.

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May Open House & Guided Tour 

May 5, 2018 

1-4 pm; Guided tour at 2:30

$15 general; $8 students. 

Tickets are available online and at the door. 

Special lecture to follow:  The Work and Lives of Antonin & Noémi Raymond: First Anniversary of the Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts & Design

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The Work and Lives of Antonin & Noémi Raymond: First Anniversary of the Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts & Design

May 5

4:30-6:30pm

$15 general/$8 students

Following our open house,  John DeFazio will give a presentation on the extraordinary work and lives of Noémi and Antonin Raymond. Following this presentation, Mr. DeFazio will present reflections on the first year of the Raymond Farm Center, this year’s upcoming events, and exciting plans for the Center’s future. 

John DeFazio AIA is an architect, planner, adjunct professor, and the executive director of the Raymond Farm Center. He teaches architectural design and theory, ecological site design, and study abroad at Drexel University and New York Institute of Technology. 

This lecture is included in the cost of the open house ticket. Tickets are available online and at the door. 

 

The Work and Lives of Antonin & Noémi Raymond

European/American architects and designers, Antonin and Noémi Raymond, had one of the most extraordinary collaborative careers in the history of modern design. They worked in virtually every medium of the arts, design-arts, and craft. They met and married in 1914, and together they would work for Frank Lloyd Wright, first in Chicago. It was their association with Wright and their work on his Imperial Hotel that eventually led them to Japan in 1919. They set up their practice in Tokyo in 1922, and worked there intermittently for the next 48 years. Throughout the first 18 years of their practice, they built over 150 completed works, including schools, churches, embassies, houses, factories, and even filling stations. During this period they evolved their unique style of modern architecture—moving away from the austerity of the International Style towards one based on craft, the nature of construction, and a keen response to region and place. In 1936, Antonin and Noémi Raymond, along with their young protégé George Nakashima, began construction of the first work of modern architecture in India: Golconde, in Pondicherry, which they completed in 1945.

During World War II, they returned to the United States and started the Raymond Farm, their home/studio in Bucks County. The farm, which they called “the New Hope Experiment,” was a design atelier where students learned design and architecture while working the land. After the war, they returned to Tokyo to assist in the rebuilding of Japan, completing more than 250 additional works in the mid-century modern era. Today Antonin Raymond is known as the father of modern architecture in Japan, and Noémi Pernessin Raymond is recognized by the Museum of Modern Art as a member of the pantheon of great women designers of the 20th century. John DeFazio will present, in words and images, the extraordinary work and lives of Noémi and Antonin Raymond and their 62-year collaboration in “crafting a modern world.”

 

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The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging : Mother’s Day Ikebana

 May 12, 2018

1pm- 4pm

 $100 - Ages 12+

This workshop, led by Ikebana Master Junko Miura  will include an introduction to the history of ikebana - the art of Japanese flower arranging and demonstration of basic cutting and arrangement techniques focusing on Moribana* style. Participants will then work to create their own arrangements - a perfect gift for Mom!

All essential materials including a vase, pinfrog, and clippers, will be loaned to participants for the duration of the workshop. Participants who would like to bring home their arrangements will have the opportunity to purchase the vase and pinfrog for an additional $50 at the end of the workshop. Flowers are included and may be taken home. 

Moribana Style -  “Piled up Flowers”

The Moribana style of ikebana was introduced by Ohara around 1890 after Japan was became open to western influence as a result of the 1968 Meji Restoration. This style often uses a Kenzan (a holder with many sharp points) in a shallow, wide mouthed container called Suiban. Tree branches and flowers are architecturally arranged and three main branches are always used.

Tickets:  rfcikebana.eventbrite.com

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Woodblock Printmaking Workshop 

 June 2, 2018

12:00-4:00pm

 $75 /  Ages 12+

This workshop will be led by Ananda Connolly, who will guide participants through the basics of relief printing. We will start with designing and drawing an image, continue with transferring the image to the wood block and carving to obtain contrasts, and finally to each participant printing their own miniature edition. Special attention will be placed on paper type and selection, equipment use, and hand printing. 

We will be using shina or birchwood blocks, water based inks, and Japanese wood cutting tools. Inspiration for image design can be drawn from the Raymond Farm itself, but participants are equally encouraged to use their own memories, drawings, and photographs. And, of course, you may take your artwork and tools home with you at the end of the workshop!

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June Open House & Guided Tour 

June 2, 2018 

1-4 pm; Guided tour at 2:30

$15 general; $8 students. 

Tickets are available online and at the door. 

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July Open House & Guided Tour 

July 7, 2018 

1-4 pm; Guided tour at 2:30

$15 general; $8 students. 

Tickets are available online and at the door. 

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August Open House & Guided Tour 

August 4, 2018 

1-4 pm; Guided tour at 2:30

$15 general; $8 students. 

Tickets are available online and at the door. 

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September Open House & Guided Tour 

September 1, 2018 

1-4 pm; Guided tour at 2:30

$15 general; $8 students. 

Tickets are available online and at the door.