Past Events 


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Woodblock Printmaking Workshop

 September 15, 2018

The workshop led by artist Ananda Connolly, guided participants through the basics of relief printing. Participants started with designing and drawing an image, continued by transferring the image to the wood block, and finally printing their own miniature edition. Special attention was placed on paper type and selection, equipment use, and hand printing. 

Materials included shina or birchwood blocks, water based inks, and Japanese wood cutting tools.

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Lecture-  The New Hope Experiment: An Investigation and Conservation Plan for the Antonin and Noémi Raymond Farm

 September 1, 2018

The farmhouse at the Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts and Design was the topic of a Spring 2018 University of Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Master's thesis entitled The New Hope Experiment: An Investigation and Conservation Plan for the Antonin and Noémi Raymond Farm by Sara Gdula. This work has resulted in a comprehensive building chronology from the 1730s through the Raymond period, as well as an initial material condition assessment that can be used in future preservation planning. Sara discussed methods of investigation for this project, including an inspection of construction history, archival research, mortar analysis, infrared thermography, environmental monitoring, and analysis of the site's fasteners, hardware, and mouldings.

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Summer Indigo Dyeing with Sayaka Toyama 

 August 25, 2018

Featuring instructor Sayaka Toyama from Curious Corners located in New York City, this workshop taught participants basic shibori (tie-dye) and itajime (wood-clamping) pattern making using Yamato Indigo, a natural-blend dye from Japan.

Instructor Toyama demonstrated different ways our newly created furoshiki could be used to wrap gifts, books, wine bottles, and more.

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Bird Walk

 August 18, 2018

In partnership with the Bucks County Audubon Society, Diane Smith, Director of Education at BCAS, led a bird walk for all ages at the Raymond Farm Center.  Since joining BCAS in 2004 as a volunteer, Diane has led countless bird walks, taught Beginning Birding at the Bucks County Community College and enjoys few things more than bringing the joy of birds to new enthusiasts. Visitors walked slowly and quietly through various habitats in search of our summer resident birds.  

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Yusuke Kamata: Recent Works

August 4, 2018

Welcoming our 2018 Summer Artist in Residence:

Yusuke Kamata’s recent artworks are based on his research of Japanese-Style Houses, which have been built around the world over the past century-and-a-half for several diverse reasons. His works consist of documentary videos and installation art pieces. Kamata is in the United States to study the work and history of Antonin and Noémi Pernessin Raymond, and their protégé, Junzo Yoshimura.

Born in 1984 in Kanagawa, Japan, Yusuke Kamata, graduated with a Master in Fine Arts in Inter-Media Art from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2013. His works have shown at several exhibitions such as “How Little You Know About Me” (2018), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, “Windowology” (2017) , Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan, “Kaetemiru–Time For A Change” (2016), Aomori Contemporary Art Centre. His work exposes the distortion inherent in architecture and its history, and is built upon extensive research into the connections between war, the energy industry and modern history of Japan.

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Sustaining Self/Practicing Interconnectedness Open Air Yoga Workshop

August 4, 2018

Yoga + Meditation Workshop with Elizabeth Fullen with acoustic music provided by Kyle Sparkman

Participants joined Liz Fullen for a two-hour open-air yoga workshop, that left them feeling reset and refilled. Following the yoga session, Liz guided the class through a gentle and grounding meditation practice. 

Liz Fullen is a trained yoga and meditation instructor. She has studied and practiced yoga for over 10 years and has been teaching for five. She instructs the foundational practices of yoga that help us to gain self-mastery.  

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Sheltering Millions: Refugee Architecture and Urbanism

 July 21, 2018

Expelled from home by war, persecution, failed governance or natural disaster, refugees flee toward safety with few possessions and little protection from the elements. What types of shelters and camps protect the world’s sixty-plus million refugees, where, and with what provisions for their individual, communal, and often long-term needs? Moderated by Joshua Lessard, this presentation explored past and existing refugee shelters and camp environments from a design perspective, and ideas for improved prospects.

The presenters are professors emeriti of architecture, Brooke Harrington of Temple University and Judith Bing of Drexel University, in Philadelphia. Currently they are both Center Associates at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, and Visiting Scholars at the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT, in Cambridge. They live in Cushing, ME.

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Drawing From Nature/ Field Drawing at the Raymond Farm

 July 14, 2018

Inspired by the nature around us and visitors spent a lovely summer afternoon sketching outside the Raymond Farm Center. Guests enjoyed the beauty of the farm house, its surrounding pond, unique barn, vibrant trees, and roaming chickens.  Special thanks to the Philadelphia Sketch Club for coming out and sharing your wonderful sketches. 

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Artist Nura Petrov Workshop: Kinetic Memory & Walks as Art 

 July 7, 2018

Participants in Nura’s workshop had the opportunity to investigate drawing as a means of recording experience and invoking kinetic memory. Instead of relying on traditional pictorial illusion, lines and shapes realized in the process of going for a walk will become the substance of the work. The resulting charts/diagrams of individual experiences were superimposed on each other to create a communal art work, each thread gaining importance as it relates to the whole, becoming in the process a visual object beyond the walk itself.

Nura Petrov: Ideas and Images in Conceptual Art: Utamaro Revisited

After the house tour, Nura presented a slideshow of original paintings and sculptures whose theme is a revisit to Utamaro’s work.  Kigawa Utamaro was an 18th century Japanese artist whose woodcut prints were a source of inspiration to many western artists including Toulouse Lautrec and Mary Cassatt

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DETAILS, details: Residential Architecture Assembled/the Prose and Poetry of Construction

 June 30, 2018

A one-day symposium on the history, theory, and evolution of  modern residential architectural detailing, from the early 20th  century to contemporary architecture today. In Celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the Publication of Antonin and Noémi Raymond’s Architectural Details (1938)

Speakers & Topics

Edward R. Ford: Intolerance: Craft in the Age of Digital Perfection

Ken Tadashi Oshima: Culture, Climate & Craft in Antonin Raymond’s Architectural Details

Michael Cadwell, FAIA: Strange Details: Carlo Scarpa, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe & Louis Kahn

Christian Schittich: Contemporary Details: Europe + Asia

Simon Tickell: Moderator Panel Discussion & Q & A: the Prose & Poetry of Construction     

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Crafting Makgeolli: An Introduction to Korean Rice Wine 

 June 16, 2018

Brian Romasky introduced guests to the world of home brew makgeolli, a Korean "rice wine." After an informative lecture about the history and culture of the drink, Brian walked guests through the process to make their very own batch to take home.  Guests were then invited to a tasting to compare home made makgeolli versus a commercial product. 

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

 May 12, 2018

This workshop, led by Ikebana Master Junko Miura  introduced guests to the history of ikebana - the art of Japanese flower arranging. She demonstrated basic cutting and arrangement techniques focusing on Moribana style. Guests then created their own arrangements using seasonal dogwood branches and peonies. 

 The Work and Lives of Antonin & Noémi Raymond: First Anniversary of the Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts & Design  May 5, 2018  Raymond Farm Centre Director, John DeFazio, presented the extraordinary work and lives of  Noémi and Antonin Raymond . Mr. DeFazio then reflected on the first year of the Raymond Farm Center along with upcoming events and exciting plans for the Center’s future.

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

May 5, 2018

Raymond Farm Centre Director, John DeFazio, presented the extraordinary work and lives of Noémi and Antonin Raymond. Mr. DeFazio then reflected on the first year of the Raymond Farm Center along with upcoming events and exciting plans for the Center’s future.

 Japanese Tea Ceremony hosted by the Raymond Farm Center & Nakashima Woodworkers  April 29, 2018  The 80 year relationship between the Raymond and Nakashima families was commemorated in a carefully curated tea ceremony. Tea master, Taeko Shervin Sensei, of the Urasenke Tea School, conducted the ceremony of select teas and sweets in the George Nakashima-designed tearoom, which will be graced with specially arranged ikebana.  The ceremony itself featured 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 was heated by Sumidemae, the special charcoal-fire procedure that took five days to prepare.

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

April 29, 2018

The 80 year relationship between the Raymond and Nakashima families was commemorated in a carefully curated tea ceremony. Tea master, Taeko Shervin Sensei, of the Urasenke Tea School, conducted the ceremony of select teas and sweets in the George Nakashima-designed tearoom, which will be graced with specially arranged ikebana.

The ceremony itself featured 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 was heated by Sumidemae, the special charcoal-fire procedure that took five days to prepare.

 Memorial Hall Steelworkers Building, Yawata, Japan, 1954, Antonin Raymond Architects

Memorial Hall Steelworkers Building, Yawata, Japan, 1954, Antonin Raymond Architects

The Art (& Science) of Structural Engineering with Alex Stadel, PE

November 4, 2017

This lecture for  provided an overview of the engineering fields and explored how understanding materials, forces, and forms can lead to innovative engineering solutions. Alex Stadel is a licensed professional structural engineer for Keast & Hood Structural Engineers in Philadelphia, PA

 

 Morning Light, Painted by Jane Ramsey

Morning Light, Painted by Jane Ramsey

Fall Color : Painting from Nature 

October 21, 2027 

Local Plien Air artist Jane Ramsey led an afternoon full of  paints, pastels, color pencils and plenty of inspiration from the Bucks County fall foliage. 

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First Annual Fall Soirée

October 7, 2017

Guests enjoyed a beautiful evening in the Raymond Farm House. The event commenced with a VIP tour of the Raymond Farm Center, which included a talk by our Artist in Residence, Mirimam Carpenter, and featured live french jazz by the Hot Club of Philadelphia, delicious small plates prepared by Chadd Jenkins, formerly of Little Fish in Philadelphia, and a silent auction, which included a Stool by Nakashima Woodworkers, original pieces by Miriam carpenter, Jane Ramsey's Water Color of the Raymond Barn, along with books,  gift certificates to local businesses, and museum experiences. 

 Art of the Barn Tour and Art Show

Art of the Barn Tour and Art Show

September 30-October 1

The Bucks County Audubon Society's annual Art of Barn Tour featured the 18th century barn on the Raymond Farm. The public was encouraged to explore the Raymond Property and Farmhouse. 

Painting by Jane Ramsey 

 After Wright: Pathfinders of Regionalism & Sustainability - Rudolf Schindler, Richard Neutra, Antonin & Noémi Raymond.  September 23  One day symposium on the work of the European/American architects, Rudolf Schindler, Richard Neutra, Antonin & Noémi (Pernessin) Raymond, who came to the United States and worked for Frank Lloyd Wright, and then pioneered the development of Modern Architecture in their own unique directions. This symposium focused on the work of these architects, their relationship with Wright, and the contributions and implications of their work today.  The Symposium was in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects - Custom Residential Architects Network, AIA New York Cultural Facilities Committee and coordinated with the Museum of Modern Art.  AIA CES: 5.0 LU | 5.0 HSW   Presentations :   Barry Bergdoll -   Tokyo and the Farm : Wright's new departures in the 1910's and 1920's    Judith Sheine  -  Schindler and Wright: The Second and First Space Architects    Barbara Lamprecht -   How to Stretch Space: Richard Neutra’s Strategies for Trickery    William Whitaker -   In this Room: The Raymonds and the Place of Personality   The symposium was followed by a farm to table dinner with the lecturers at the Raymond Studio, hosted by the Raymond Family.

After Wright: Pathfinders of Regionalism & Sustainability - Rudolf Schindler, Richard Neutra, Antonin & Noémi Raymond.

September 23

One day symposium on the work of the European/American architects, Rudolf Schindler, Richard Neutra, Antonin & Noémi (Pernessin) Raymond, who came to the United States and worked for Frank Lloyd Wright, and then pioneered the development of Modern Architecture in their own unique directions. This symposium focused on the work of these architects, their relationship with Wright, and the contributions and implications of their work today.

The Symposium was in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects - Custom Residential Architects Network, AIA New York Cultural Facilities Committee and coordinated with the Museum of Modern Art. AIA CES: 5.0 LU | 5.0 HSW

Presentations :

Barry Bergdoll - Tokyo and the Farm : Wright's new departures in the 1910's and 1920's

Judith Sheine - Schindler and Wright: The Second and First Space Architects

Barbara Lamprecht - How to Stretch Space: Richard Neutra’s Strategies for Trickery

William Whitaker - In this Room: The Raymonds and the Place of Personality

The symposium was followed by a farm to table dinner with the lecturers at the Raymond Studio, hosted by the Raymond Family.

 Open House featuring Guided Tour led by William Whitaker & Japanese Teas and Sweets  August 5, 2017  Our August Open House featured Japanese Teas and Sweets, and a special tour of the Raymond House by, William Whitaker, who is the leading expert on the Raymonds.

Open House featuring Guided Tour led by William Whitaker & Japanese Teas and Sweets

August 5, 2017

Our August Open House featured Japanese Teas and Sweets, and a special tour of the Raymond House by, William Whitaker, who is the leading expert on the Raymonds.

 Vanishing Architecture : Lecture by Joshua Lessard  July 22, 2017  The Impact of Climate Change on Indigenous Cultures and the Vernacular Architecture of Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia, Patagonia, & Small Island Developing States.

Vanishing Architecture : Lecture by Joshua Lessard

July 22, 2017

The Impact of Climate Change on Indigenous Cultures and the Vernacular Architecture of Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia, Patagonia, & Small Island Developing States.

 Drawing From Nature  June 10, 2017  Artists of all skill levels joined us with their sketch pads for a day of drawing around the Raymond Farm. Participants produced work in a variety of mediums including pastels and watercolor.

Drawing From Nature

June 10, 2017

Artists of all skill levels joined us with their sketch pads for a day of drawing around the Raymond Farm. Participants produced work in a variety of mediums including pastels and watercolor.

 The Landscape Architecture of James Rose : Book signing and presentation with Dean Cardasis  June 3, 2017  Dean Cardasis is a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University and is the director of the James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research and Design.

The Landscape Architecture of James Rose : Book signing and presentation with Dean Cardasis

June 3, 2017

Dean Cardasis is a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University and is the director of the James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research and Design.

 Art of the Kimono Workshop  May 13, 2017  Professional kimono dresser, Tamiko Laincz, dressed each guest individually from her own collection of kimono, which included various styles for women, men, and children. Guests then had a professional photoshoot on and around the Raymond Farm grounds.

Art of the Kimono Workshop

May 13, 2017

Professional kimono dresser, Tamiko Laincz, dressed each guest individually from her own collection of kimono, which included various styles for women, men, and children. Guests then had a professional photoshoot on and around the Raymond Farm grounds.

 Artist Talk with Miriam Carpenter  May 6 , 2017  Our first artist in residence shared her process, journey, inspirations and connection to wood.

Artist Talk with Miriam Carpenter

May 6 , 2017

Our first artist in residence shared her process, journey, inspirations and connection to wood.

 New York CFA Tour of Nakashima Studio and Raymond Farm Center  April 22, 2017  Visitors from the New York Center for Architecture spent the day in Bucks County, touring the Raymond Farm Center after visiting Nakashima Studios.

New York CFA Tour of Nakashima Studio and Raymond Farm Center

April 22, 2017

Visitors from the New York Center for Architecture spent the day in Bucks County, touring the Raymond Farm Center after visiting Nakashima Studios.