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FMH&S Celebrates 20th anniversary this Season

"When Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio opened its doors to the public in July 1998, the crowds of people lining up to view the home of abstract artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen was greater than imagined." writes Jennifer Huberdeau of the Berkshire Eagle. "The New York Times had done a piece just days before. People in line were clutching the article in their hands," said Linda Frelinghuysen of that first day nearly 20 years ago. "We were prepared to take 10 people at a time on the tour, we had 16yr olds selling tickets and taking cash in the parking lot." "We were wondering if anyone would come out, "director Kinney Frelinghuysen reminisced. Click here for the full article.

$19,185 Grant Award to preserve the House

FMH&S was awarded a $19,185 matching grant from the Lenox Community Preservation Fund to repair and restore a major structural issue of the 1941 stucco modern house. Water damage at the base of the dining room sliders resulted in a structural failure from the bedroom above the dining room. The dining room's steel doors and marble base will be restored and repaired.  Work on the project begins immediately.

Spring is here! The marble back patio and steps almost finished!

"Across the Berkshires, historic homes are emerging from hibernation...At the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio, cold air, large expanses of glass and moisture combine as threats to art," writes Ruth Bass, Berkshire Eagle columnist and author of this feature in their Up Country magazine. Click here to read the whole article about all the homes, starting on page 63. 

Celebrating Women's History month with Suzy Frelinghuysen

 Suzy Frelinghuysen led dual occupations, as a painter and as an opera singer.  She was the first woman to have a painting placed in the permanent collection of the  Museum of Living Art in l937.  In 1947 she attained instant success with her opera debut in Ariadne auf Naxos at City Center. She explained, "I feel that all of the arts are closely connected, so I don't understand why some people are surprised if you paint act and sing.  I do these things because I have fun doing them".  She later secured the legacy for the art collection she and her husband, artist George L.K. Morris assembled, now at the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio in Lenox, Massachusetts.

 

"Precision Bombing", a 1944 oil painting by George L.K Morris, aquired by The Alfond Collection of Art at Rollins College

The Alfond Collection is part of the permanent collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.  A significant part of The Alfond Collection is on view at The Alfond Inn, a philanthropic boutique hotel near the Rollins campus whose proceeds fund student scholarships.  Previously, the painting was in two other private collections and  will now be on view May 25th in the exhibit, "Forging a Modern American Identity: New Aquisitions".Click on the link to the show here

Christine Beshar, founding trustee, dies at 88

With great sadness, FMH&S announces the death of Christine Beshar, a founding trustee of the museum.  Mrs. Beshar achieved a number of firsts  in her lifetime.  She was the first woman partner at a Wall Street firm and pioneered child care services at the law firm.  She passed the NY bar by reading the law, not attending law school.  Aside from her   brillance, she had wit, compassion, optimism, love of art, and could truly think outside the box.  We owe her a great debt. Enjoy her New York Times obituary by clicking here.  

"Spring Sun" sells at more than double its estimate at auction

Spring Sun, a large 1970 oil painting by George L.K. Morris, sold for $52,500 last week, which was more than double its pre-sale estimate, at Shannons Auction in Connecticut. The 42" x 51" work of art, sold by a private collector,  is composed of cheerful colors evoking springtime growth.  The title refers to Morris' interest in Native American themes. 

Unique Holiday Gifts!

Gift a piece of the House's history with custom carved and painted re-purposed leather coasters from the original leather floor in the living room.  Choose from three different handmade sets of coasters by artist Michael King that are reproductions of paintings by George L.K. Morris.  To order these reasonably priced works of art starting at $125,  email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 413 637-0166. Read about the artist's inspiration for his design in this Berkshire Eagle article here.

 

Director Kinney Frelinghuysen presents at ABX

Director Kinney Frelinghuysen presented at the massive Architecture Boston Expo (ABX) last week on the Future of the Modern Past at Landmark Houses, one of three case studies.  Our mission finds strength in numbers!

Replacing the 76 year old leather living room floor-Berkshire Eagle Feature

"Finding the right person to install your new tile floor can be difficult.  Finding the right person to install your new leather floor?  Nearly impossible. It was just one of the many challenged faced by Kinney Frelinghuysen, director of the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio, when the museum's trustees decided it was time to replace the leather living room floor" writes Jennifer Huberdeau.Read the full article here.--and her companion article here  describing the gifts made from  repurposed leather tiles.

Open for the Season June 21-Events and Programs for 2018

Seasons's highlights include “Clues behind the Painting” with paintings by Picasso, Braque & Gris mounted on acrylic posts so viewers can see both the front and back.  Backs reveal historic stamps and labels and tell compelling stories in the history of art.  Architectural Historian Richard Guy Wilson lectures August 4th on Le Corbusier.  Painting demonstrations by professional artists every Friday and monthly color workshops Saturdays. Click Continue Reading  for more names and dates.

Suzy Frelinghuysen painting to be included Google Arts & Culture project

In June, Google will be capturing the galleries of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas using its Street View technology and has selected Frelinghuysen's Glass and Bottle, 1948, as one of the artworks to be photographed using its ultra high resolution Art Camera.  The Google Arts & Culture project has partnered with over 1200  museums all over the world to expand global access to artwork.  Crystal Bridges Museum aquired the 30"x40" oil on board painting in 2015.

Preserving the Fresco

After years of solar radiation, moisture, and the freeze/thaw cycle, the outdoor fresco painted by George L.K. Morris in the 1940's needed to be conserved.  Cassie Myers, a conservator specializing in murals, is re-attaching the loose stucco  which adheres to the base wall and is "in painting" the losses on the mural surfaces.  She is retaining the integrity of the artwork in this painstaking process.

Removing the 76 year old leather floor

Staff member Rachel joined in to remove the leather floor in the Living Room.  We are brainstorming ideas for gift shop items recycled from the orginal floor with local leather artist Michael King. Stay tuned for updates and images of the replacement leather floor.

SOLD OUT TOURS THIS WEEK-September 21st--2pm & 3pm

Please be advised that the following tours are SOLD OUT this week because of previously scheduled  group tours. Thursday, September 21st @ 2pm & 3pm.  The remaining hourly guided tours given Thursday-Saturday, 10am to 3pm, have spaces.

 

Join us Sunday, September 3rd--Closed Monday

We are open Thursday-Sunday as usual this week and closed on Monday, Labor Day, September 4th.

After Labor Day we drop Sundays and are open Thursday-Saturday until Columbus Day.

Featured in Berkshire Magazine

Modern Times--Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio welcomes art lovers by Kate Abbott and images by Gregory Cherin. Click here to read the rest of the informative and enjoyable article!

 

 

 

Official Listing in the National Register of Historic Places

The National Register is the official list of American cultural resources worthy of preservation. All properties, from every state, are evaluated according to uniform standards from the Secretary of the Interior and are determined to contribute to an understanding of the historical and cultural foundations of our nation. Thank you to the professional and thorough surveyors and researchers who worked on our admission.  Especially Virginia Adams, who unearthed new historical information!

$9,570 Grant Award to Preserve Films

FMH&S has been awarded a $9570 grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve part of the 16mm film collection taken by George L.K. Morris in the 1930's. The Foundation grants target rare films such as silent films and films of sites receiving little media coverage. This grant covers 3 films from a Far East 1934 trip by Morris visiting China,Japan,Cambodia, Indonesia and Hawaii capturing historical and culturally valuable sights of colonial, pre-WWII life. FMH&S has accomplished the goal of digitizing the entire film collection comprising 38,16mm films and the digital copies have been shared with the public in several exhibits over the years titled "See Their World".  The grant will enable FMH&S to preserve films deteriorating from vinegar syndrome that were too fragile to digitize and view by creating film-film copies of these three films, the best practice in the industry.

Events and Programs for 2016

Highlights include “See Their World”, short remastered films from the 30's by artist George L.K. Morris of South and Central America and Switzerland and never before exhibited paintings by both Morris and Frelinghuysen.

Has your Creativity Been Hiding”, workshops held on selected Saturday mornings by Director/artist Kinney Frelinghuysen explore how to look at modern art. Mini-workshops available at the end of every tour.

June-August, Painting Demonstrations led by professional artists from the community. The artists will create in plein air and discuss their technique Fridays at 11am. Free with admission.

Click CONTINUE READING below for specific names, times and dates.

Our own Custom scarves!

Guides Sarah and Mary Elisabeth model our 100% silk scarves back in stock after selling out! They are designed from a painting in the collection and made in USA.

Our own Phone Cases!

Custom Phone cases available now in our gift shop for iPhone 4,5,& 6 and Galaxy 3&4. Three images available in all sizes.

Open Thursday-Sunday.

Lecture at 3pm today--SOLD OUT

Please be advised that the 3pm lecture today, Saturday July 30th is completely SOLD OUT.  Only those who have reserved will be admitted due to space and fire code requirements.  The lecture will be video taped and put on the website soon. 

Events and Programs for 2015

Highlights include "See Their World", short vintage films by artist George L.K. Morris of Lenox, NYC and Europe and previously unseen paintings by both Morris and Frelinghuysen.
Hourly guided tours 10-3pm, After Labor Day-- Thursday-Saturday

Winter Wonderland!

Enjoy this serene snow scene peeking at the rear of the House from the garden.

Thanks for a great season!  We're taking Group Tour reservations for 2015 and busy repairing the House and Studio.