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Rose Valley Conference Delves into the Arts & Crafts Movement

Nov 24, 2021

On November 6 and 7, 2021, the Decorative Arts Trust sponsored a one-of-a-kind two-day conference organized by the Rose Valley Museum. “The Arts & Crafts Movement from John Ruskin to William Lightfoot Price” was a sold-out success and attracted attendees from across the country. 

The conference began with the 11:00 am dedication of the William Lightfoot Price Historical Marker across from where Price built his groundbreaking Thunderbird Lodge, the building in which the Rose Valley Museum is housed today.

Attendees then enjoyed lectures in the historic Hedgerow Theatre. George Thomas from Harvard University and CivicVisions, presented “The Philadelphia Narrative”: Frank Furness to Will Price and Beyond. After a lovely lunch, Jim Spates from the Ruskin Society of America, Hobart and William Smith College, and the Guild of St. George shared “Hand, Head, and Heart”: John Ruskin and the Origin of the Arts & Crafts Movement followed by a walking tour of Rose Valley architecture and reception at Thunderbird Lodge.

On Sunday, Rose Valley Museum Curator Ryan Berley opened the day with his lecture “News from Nowhere”: William Morris, C. R. Ashbee, and the American Art & Crafts Colonies, and then Barbara Macklem from the Arden Craft Shop Museum presented “You Are Welcome Hither”: The Three Ardens and the Single Tax Community. After an outdoor luncheon, participants enjoyed a second lecture by Jim Spates, “Nothing Can Be Beautiful Which Is Not True”: Nature, Beauty & The Old Road Trip of 1882. The presentations were by a panel discussion with speakers and the audience moderated by Thomas Guiller from the Oneida Community Mansion House.

Visit the Decorative Arts Trust’s special programs calendar to learn more about this Arts & Crafts conference and other past and upcoming events.

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