Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series
THE ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Larry Kreisman, Author and Program Manager, Historic Seattle
Saturday, November 9, 2013
10:30 am – Noon
Learn how the celebration of craftsmanship, two world’s fairs and the unique attributes of our region resulted in significant contributions in architecture and a range of design arts in the early 20th century. The ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement inspired architecture and a broad range of design arts. From the bungalow to Redmond’s Clise Mansion, explore the background behind our region’s contribution to the Art and Crafts style with Larry Kreisman, a recognized expert and author on the Arts and Crafts Movement
Both Washington and Oregon participated actively in the national Arts and Crafts movement, producing exceptional work that included architecture, furniture, lighting, pottery, stained glass, textiles and basketry. According to Kreisman, “The movement was encouraged by exposure at two world’s fairs that put the Pacific Northwest on the national and international map–Portland’s Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in 1905 and Seattle’s Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909.” Many of the successful designs were influenced by the setting, climate, local raw materials, crafts of native inhabitants, and exposure to Pacific Rim cultures.
Kreisman’s presentation is based upon his critically acclaimed book, The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest, co-authored by Glenn Mason. He was also co-curator of an exhibit on the same topic at MOHAI in 2009. Kreisman, Hon. AIA Seattle, is Program Director of Historic Seattle and has been recognized for significant work in bringing public attention to the Northwest’s architectural heritage and its preservation through courses, tours, exhibits, lectures, articles, and seven books.
Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series take place on second Saturday of each month (September -May) at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond WA. There is a $5 suggested donation for non-members.