Upcoming Events

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The Magic of Washi, Traditional Japanese Papermaking

August 25, 2019 10 am-5 pm

Spend a day at beautiful Raymond Farm Center with paper artist Winnie Radolan, immersed in making many thin, strong and translucent sheets of washi (Japanese paper). We will be using kozo, gampi, and abaca to form the sheets, which will be perfect for printmaking, calligraphy, collage, or simply for their own sheer beauty. Learn some history, about fiber harvest, the process of cooking, beating, and sheet formation, and pressing and drying. Most fibers will be pre-beaten, but we will hold a small amount back for anyone desiring the total experience of “picking chiri” (cleaning bark bits,) followed by hand beating.

We will break at noon for a farm style lunch. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions/ allergies.

No experience is necessary, just a spirit of adventure!

All materials included.

Optional to bring: Treasures to embed in your paper. Japanese paper is thin and translucent, and lends itself towards decorative inclusions if you desire. You may bring flat dried plant material to experiment with. You may also bring threads, feathers, or other interesting inclusions, as long as they are 2D, It is also fine to make paper without inclusions.

Preregister: $140 (Teaching Fee: $85, Materials and Fiber Fee $55)

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September Open House and Raymond Lecture Series

September 7, 2019 1 pm-5 pm ; Lecture at 2:30pm and house tour at 4pm

Join us for our September Open House where RFC Executive Director, John DeFazio, presents part three of the Raymond lecture series on the ideas and teachings of art educator and artist Arthur Wesley Dow.

Arthur Wesley Dow: Principles of Japanese Design & the Formation of Modern Art and Architecture

Perhaps no other person has had a more profound influence on the art, craft, and design work of architect/designer Noémi Pernessin Raymond than distinguished arts educator Arthur Wesley Dow, her professor and mentor at Columbia University. From the tail end of the 1800s through the early 1900’s, Arthur Dow was perhaps the most significant advocate for self expression in art. He asserted that in lieu of copying nature,individuals should create art through elements of composition, such as line, mass, and color. He saw that "art is a living force for all in everyday life, not as a sort of traditional ornament for the few." Dow's prestigious students included painter/photographer Max Weber, woodblock print artist Ethel Mars, artist Georgia O'Keeffe, and many others. Dow's ideas, writings, and teaching went on to influence the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Piet Mondrian, and through them, became a cornerstone in the foundation of abstract Modern Art.

Join us for this presentation by John DeFazio AIA, architect, adjunct professor at Drexel University and New York Institute of Technology in architecture and theory, and Executive Director of the Raymond Farm Center.

Image: Imperial Palace Moat, Tokyo, Woodblock Print, C. 1920’s, 9 3/4”x 15”, Noémi Pernessin Raymond


En Plein Air Watercolor Workshop

October 26, 2019 12:30pm - 4pm

Join painter Rob Finn for an En Plein Air Watercolor Workshop. Be inspired by the picturesque scenes on the farm and learn about various watercolor techniques. Rob will give a one hour demonstration showing principles of depth, layering and wet-on-wet painting techniques. Guests can choose to participate in the demo or choose a site at any time to work on their own pieces. Travel watercolor sets, brushes and paper will be available but guests are encouraged to bring their own materials if they wish. Light refreshments will be provided.

$20 for adults, $15 for students

To see more of Rob's work, follow the link.

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