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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.

Events and Programs for 2017-Opening June 22

Highlights include “Find Your Creativity” with our simple techniques that connect art to your senses on every tour and in more depth on monthly Saturday workshops.  Cubist masterpieces will be exhibited front and back and we will examine the artists' use of words as well as historical exhibition labels on their backs.
“See Their World”, the final digitizing of 16mm 1930’s travel films by artist George L.K. Morris are able to be viewed. France, Belgium, Holland, Korea and Japan are featured.                                                                                              June-August, Painting Demos every Friday at 11am with professional artists. Free with admission.                         Shades of Gris-July 15th @ 3pm with Emily Braun, leading art historian and curator of the Leonard Lauder Cubist Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She will reveal the stories the historic labels tell us.                      Click CONTINUE READING below for more information, specific names, times and dates.

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!

$11,250 Grant Award to Preserve Films

FMH&S has been awarded a $11,250 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 unsusual sites receiving little media coverage.  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, including this year's entitled See Their World featuring never-before-seen footage from South and Central America and Switzerland.  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.

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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

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.

Custom Phone Cases

Custom phone cases now available in our gift shop for iPhone 4/4s, 5, Galaxy S3 and S4.  Three images available for all sizes!

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!

Pioneers of American Modernism - Points of Contact

Join us this season and see an intimate 2-man Studio exhibit featuring Morris and Holtzman, two of the founders of the AAA. It is curated by family members and designed to evoke an informal conversation between the two artists envisioning what paintings they might have shown each other in their quest to pursue art brought down to its essentials known as Neoplasticism.

Suzy Frelinghuysen @ Christie's American Art Auction

A 1944 Suzy Frelinghuysen titled "Hommage A Juan Gris" sold at Christie's Auction House NY on May 22nd for $56,250 reaching its high estimate. The 20"x16" oil on board resembles the large Juan Gris that is featured in the FMHS collection.

Morris featured in Reynolda House Exhibit

Reynolda House in North Carolina is exhibiting Morris' Indian Composition #8 in their Reynolda Moderns show until June 1.Each painting has a one minute video interpreting it.

Morris Painting sells for double estimate

A 1937 oil on canvas entitled “Alaska” by George L.K. Morris sold for $19,000, more than double the estimate at Clarke Auction Gallery March 16th. It features the interesting quality of a double sided canvas in which the verso abstract painting is protected by plexi.

Morris was an outspoken and important actor in the development and preservation of abstract art as a respected artform at the start of the modern movement. In 1937, his art magazine Plastique served as a platform for his addressing the critics of the new artists in the scope of art history. He eloquently defended