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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.

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.

Closed for the Season--See you next Spring!

Thank you to all the visitors and staff for making this a record breaking season!  The eagerness of  visitors to participate in the demos and drawing/visualizing exercises was inspiring.

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!

$10,020 Grant Award to Preserve Films

FMH&S has been awarded a $10,020  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 NFPF 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. 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.

Give the gift of membership & Unique Gifts!

Family membership is only $75 and  individual membership $40 allowing you unlimited visits to your favorite oasis in the heart of Lenox.  Enjoy the tours, painting demos, workshops, or just the tranquility of the 46 acres of forest trails, flower gardens,and groomed lawns and vistas.
Gifts start at $5 for a leather keychain, repurposed from the living room leather floor, silk scarves for $35 made in the USA from Morris, Frelinghuysen, Slobodkina & Reinhardt paintings pictured above.  Notecards, painting repros,an opera CD and colorful coasters are available too for under $15.  Call 413-637-1066 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. to order. 

 

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.

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 2020 and busy finishing the repairs to the Dining Room.

 

Arp Painting lent to Swiss Museum

This 1937 painting by Sophie Taeuber-Arp was lent from the FMH&S collection to the major retrospective of her work at the Aargauer Kunsthaus in Switzerland and then to the Bielefeld Museum in Germany. She is regarded as a pioneer of Modernism and her image is on the 50 Swiss Franc note.

Closed for the Season!--See you next Spring!

Thank you to all the visitors and staff for making this a record breaking season!  The eagerness of  visitors to participate in the demos and drawing/visualizing exercises was inspiring. We are busy preserving the property and preparing for next season.

 

 

Custom Silk Scarves just in

Our guide Kerry is wearing the new 100% silk scarf replicated from a George L.K. Morris painting.  They just arrived from San Francisco--Made in USA!