I Am Known as an Artist: A Wharton Esherick Documentary
April 25@7:30 pm EDT
Free with Museum admission.
Galleries remain open until 9 pm.
Director and Writer: Carolyn Coal
Disinterested in conventional society, Wharton Esherick moved to rural Chester County outside Philadelphia in 1913, where he pursued the life of a painter only to discover his passion for wood. Over time he abandoned painting altogether, opting to produce furniture in his studio one piece at a time for the next 55 years. Revered as the “Dean of American Craftsmen,” he was pivotal in establishing the American studio furniture movement. Many remark that his greatest talent was creating pieces that were both beautiful and functional. Q & A by artist and Esherick scholar Mark Sfirri follows the screening.