Raymond Farm Spring 2016 Newsletter
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Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts & Design Accepted into CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia

The CultureTrust, an organization dedicated to "providing affordable shared management resources to the arts, heritage, and creative communities of Greater Philadelphia" has accepted the Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts and Design effective immediately. This means the Center can now act as a non-profit under the CultureTrust umbrella organization, as well as take advantage of its resources in business development, fundraising, and all of the back-of-house work involved in making running the Center. John DeFazio, Charlotte, and Janet are to attend a kickoff CultureTrust Onboarding meeting with Thaddeus Squire and Jamaine Smith to discuss the future of the Center and set up an account for receiving donations.

Raymond Farm Center Accepted to PHILO Project
The Raymond Farm Center was chosen for PHILO Project, which creates pro-bono, professional videos for Philadelphia's small non-profit organizations. Gerald Kolpan, Founder & Creative Director at PHILO will be shooting for the video on May 21st during the AIA Convention tour.

Big Family Meeting with Center Organizers

This November we held a large family meeting to introduce Raymond family members to key members and contributors to the Center. Tina and Leslie flew all the way from the West coast and Autumn took time off from her busy college schedule to attend. Also present were Miriam Carpenter and Michael Veith, artists/woodworkers and current residents of the Farmhouse. June O'Neill flew in from Houston and Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities traveled from Providence. The meeting was highly energized and productive; we covered both the family members' and Center's hopes and concerns for the future, brainstormed on "light touch" programming, and discussed the Center's Mission Statement. Our immediate goals include assembling a Board of Directors, obtaining non-profit status, which has been completed through the CultureTrust, and kicking off a fundraising campaign.

Raymond Farm Tour for UPenn Building Envelopes Class

Ariel Genadt, lecturer and professor at UPenn brought students in his class entitled Building Envelopes - Articulation and Performance to the Raymond Farm for a tour this fall. John DeFazio led the tour group of about 15 graduate students. The Raymond Farm was part of series of house tours that included the Nakashima compound and Shofuso Japanese House and Garden. Ariel also teaches a class entitled Modern Architecture in Japan  - Culture, Climate, and Tectonics. 

Exhibition at Galerie Jaroslav Fragnera in Prague 

  1. The Antonin Raymond 7x BRNO exhibition at the Galerie Jaroslav Fragnera in Prague in late 2015 enjoyed great success judging from recent press. The exhibition featured international works, including Church of the Angry Christ, which features a wall by the well known muralist Alfonso Ossorio. Contributors to the exhibition include Shigefumi Tsuchiya, historian Irena Veverkova, David Vara, and Swiss architect Daniel Klos.

Visitor: Sachiko Hayashi 

Hailing all the way from Tokyo to NYC, the delightful Ms. Sachiko Hayashi, a Czech/Japan Society writer successfully arrived at the Farmhouse for a grand tour. Afterward, she enjoyed a Japanese country style seafood soup made by Charlotte noting that it was the first good meal she had since arriving to the United States. Ms. Hayashi shared a wonderful article on the Raymonds in the magazine ORLOJ, which June O'Neill will translate.

Ms. Hayashi originally traveled to the U.S. to further her studies of the constructed language, Esperanto.

Raymond Farm Included in Shofuso Mid-Century Modern House Tour

This October, the Raymond Farm was included in a Mid-Century Modern house tour along with the Nakashima Studio and Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia. The Farmhouse tour of 60 guests was led by Bill Whitaker.

Farmhouse Cleanup 

Prior to Mid-Century Modern House Tour, we had about a dozen volunteers help straighten up the Farmhouse and decorate with artifacts from Antonin and Noemi's collection. We even had some Ikebana arrangements to liven up the space. Volunteers came from all over including Shofuso, Drexel University, Houston, New York City, and New Jersey.

Guests from Tokyo: Yuki Sugihara, PHD and Yoshiko Suzuki

On the last weekend in March we were delighted to entertain two fascinating guests from Tokyo, Yuki Sugihara, PHD and Toshihiko Suzuki. They spent several hours with Bill Whitaker. Afterwards, Bill and his wife Shelpa showed them to the Farm where we had a delightful time with Janet and family joining.  Although Yuki and Yoshiko are both thoroughly enthralled and enriched by Noemi and Antonin, their focus is on Noemi and her design sense. Suzuki is the editor of a yearly magazine called NICHE, where in one issue he has a whole section on Noemi's art so detailed it is almost a catalog. Suzuki plans to write and entire book dedicated to her and would like the Raymond family to help later down the road. Both Suzuki and Sugihara work at Atelier Opa

Book + Movie

The book Churches and Chapels and the Czech/Japanese movie Graceful Legacy, both by Shigefumi R. Tsuchiya, showcase much of the Raymond's spiritual works.

Other News:

  • Mira Nakashima reports from Japan there is a current trend in interest on the Raymonds in Japan.
  • Bill Whitaker is brought historic restoration specialists on April 23 from the UPenn after reviewing the progress of Nakashima restorations. Janet and Doris helped to host.
  • Raymond Farm + Nakashima Studio tours organized by John DeFazio are to occur on Saturday May 21 in conjunction with the Philadelphia Center for Architecture and the AIA National Convention. In addition to spreading the legacy of Noemi and Antonin, the tour will be an opportunity to campaign for the Center. 
  • The town of Karasawa has acquired the Karasawa House (pictured above) with interest of its preservation. More to be discovered.
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