May 2017 Events and Programs!
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Raymond Farmhouse, photo taken by Scott Briggs, AIA during the recent CFA AIA-NY Tour

First Saturday Open House Farmhouse Tour

Saturday, May 6
$20; fully tax deductible

Join us for our May Open House and Farmhouse Tour!

On the first Saturday of each month, the Raymond Farm Center hosts two guided tours at 1PM and 2:30PM. Tours last from 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Preregistration encouraged, tickets are also available at the door. Tours will be lead by RFC director John DeFazio.

Guests who attend Open House are welcome to stay for our artist-in-residence reception and presentation of work. Details below.

NZ Endgrain Feather Collection, by Miriam Carpenter, wood artist

Artist Reception + Presentation of Work featuring
Miriam Carpenter, Wood Artist

Saturday, May 6
$20 suggested donation; fully tax deductible, proceeds support the RFC artist-in-residence program

Join us for a presentation of current and past work by our artist-in-residence, Miriam Carpenter! Get an inside look into Miriam’s incredible body of work that includes turning, carving, and everything in between. Presentation will follow our Saturday Open House. Wine and cheese reception.

Miriam Carpenter is an artist and designer in New Hope, PA.  She began her career by designing furniture alongside Mira Nakashima after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006.  In 2014, she was awarded a Windgate ITE Residency sponsored by the Center for Art in Wood. The year following, she lived, worked, and studied with furniture makers, sculptors, scholars, and environmental stewards in Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. 

Miriam has exhibited at SOFA Chicago, the Wharton Esherick Museum (Paoli, PA), the Moderne Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), and the Center for Art in Wood (Philadlephia, PA).

Noemi Raymond at the head of the farm table at the New Hope Experiment.

Farm-to-Table Dinner at the Raymond Farm with artist Miriam Carpenter

Saturday, May 6
$250/plate; fully tax deductible, all proceeds support the RFC artist-in-residence program

Enjoy a fresh spring evening and farm-to-table dinner at the the Raymond Farm with our artist-in-residence Miriam Carpenter! Guests will have the unique opportunity to join in the breaking of bread with the Raymond Farm community, a tradition that has always been integral to the spirit of the Raymond Farm. 

The evening’s meal will be prepared by Charlotte and Janet Raymond, granddaughters of Noemi and Antonin, who will use fresh ingredients directly from the soil of the Raymond Farm. The event will take place outside at the Clay Studio, weather permitting, and will surely be an evening to remember. All proceeds go directly to helping fund the Artist-in-Residence program at the Raymond Farm Center.

Guests are also welcome to attend a presentation by Miriam starting at 4:30PM of her past and current work at the Farmhouse prior to the dinner.

Guests will be individually dressed by Tamiko Laincz, certified Kimono dresser.

Kimono Dressing Session with Photo Shoot

Saturday May 13, Sunday May 14
By Appointment

$600 for single, $1000 for pair, +$400 ea. additional, fully tax deductible 

On Mothers’ Day weekend, we will be hosting very special kimono dressing sessions and professional photo shoot. Certified "kitsuke" kimono dresser, Tamiko Laincz, will dress each guest individually from her own collection of kimono, which includes various styles for women, men, and children. Dressing process takes 40 minutes for an individual, 70 minutes for a pair. Guests will then have a professional photoshoot on and around the Raymond Farm grounds. A photography package of touched up and untouched photos will be sent following the session. Hair and makeup is not included.

Program is available by appointment only. Spaces are very limited. Participants will need to fill out a short questionnaire to determine kimono sizing and appointment booking. 

Don’t miss this very special intercultural opportunity at the Raymond Farm Center! We look forward to sharing this most wonderful experience with you.

For booking, please send an email to Vinni at

Looking ahead:

June 3 - First Saturday Open House Farmhouse Tour
$20, fully tax deductible

June 3 - Book Signing and Talk on James Rose, Landscape Architect
by Dean Cardasis, FALSA

$20 suggested donation, fully tax deductible

June 10 - Drawing from Nature: Field Drawing at the Raymond Farm
$20 suggested donation, fully tax deductible

From our Friends:

Japan Society NYC
May 5 - LECTURE - Salon Bow-wow: Architects in Post-Disaster Reconstruction

“I came to the conclusion that recovery from Great East Japan Earthquake should be compared to Japan’s recovery from the World War II.” —Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Co-founder, Atelier Bow-Wow and member of ArchiAid 

Architects Momoyo Kaijima and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, co-founders of the highly regarded architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow in Tokyo, discuss the architect's role in post-disaster revitalization, and their findings from their work in Tohoku for the last six years. Kaijima and Tsukamoto are both founding members of ArchiAid, a group of architects who came together to contribute to the recovery of Tohoku. After the disaster on March 11, 2011, they began visiting the Oshika Peninsula, a remote area of Miyagi Prefecture known for its fishing villages. Tsukamoto designed Core House, a small house that can expand incrementally, and Kaijima, much to her surprise, started a fisherman’s school. Moderated by Nadine Maleh, Executive Director, Institute for Public Architecture. ArchiAid is a Japan Earthquake Relief Fund (JERF) grantee. Followed by a reception.  

Commemorating the 6th Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

New Hope Arts
May 6 & May 7 - Fiber, Fabric, Fashion Runway Shows

New Hope Arts Invitational Exhibition of Textile Arts – May 6 through May 28 

New Hope Arts’ invitational show offers a month-long exploration of original and repurposed techniques in fiber & fashion featuring couture to radical experiments in design. Opening events on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 spotlight the return of our popular runway fashion show.

Show times are Saturday at 7:00 pm and Sunday at 6 pm. Advanced ticket purchase is encouraged.
NHArts’ second showcase of textile arts is devoted to established and emerging designers and fiber artists. The exhibition, curated by Sandy Morrison, features the wide variety of methods and media in wearables, wall art and installations. Serving as a forum for the exchange of ideas, innovations, and design, fiber, fabric, fashion, features both vintage, contemporary fashions and modern fiber art. Approximately 30 artists working in the field are participating including new exhibitors and established designers.

The wall art and installations will be on display throughout the month of May. Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday, 12- 5 pm and by appointment through May 28. The exhibition also features the retail boutique with samples of our designer’s wearables and accessories available for sale.

Nakashima Foundation for Peace with Rago Arts & Auction Center and Moderne Gallery
May 12 - George Nakashima Exhibit Reception & Documentary Film Fundraiser

Exhibition: George Nakashima Rare and Unique Works May 12-August 12

Reception & Film Screening:

Hors D'oeuvres and Wine
Introductions and film screening
Q&A with filmmaker John Nakashima and Mira Nakashima


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