Presentations & Workshops

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WORKSHOP: Scherenschnitte

Presented by Bill Hammann
Originally scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Wagon Shed Room – Visitors Center
1010 E. Main Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268
$20 per person / $10 for Renfrew Members
Limit 15. Reservations required.
Purchase admission via PayPal or RSVP by phone to (717) 762-4723.
AVAILABILITY: 8 seats remaining
Scherenschnitte, a centuries-old scissoring tradition was brought to America as early as the 1700’s. German immigrants continued this art in the New World. Pennsylvania Germans used it as a medium for valentines, marriage and birth records, and love letters. Learn the basics of this beautiful craft with instructor Bill Hammann as you cut your own delicate images turning plain, ordinary paper into a historically-inspired work of art.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Bill Hammann is a retired Army Chaplain who lives in Blue Ridge Summit, PA.  Bill is a longtime supporter of Renfrew Museum and Park and actively teaches scherenschnitte classes at the Blue Ridge Summit library.
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PRESENTATION: The Bell Family - A Pottery Making Dynasty

Presented by Nick Powers, Curator of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Offered as TWO SESSIONS 

MORNING from 10:30am to 12:00pm
AVAILABILITY: 0 seats remaining

AFTERNOON from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
AVAILABILITY: 0 seats remaining

Free Admission. Advance reservations required.
This program is currently SOLD OUT, with registrants form the original date of March 28, 2020 receiving first right of refusal when a new date is announced. We apologize for any inconvenience. Additional sessions may be added in the future based on speaker availability.
Waynesboro’s John Bell was one of the most accomplished potters of nineteenth century America. But he was also one member of a multi-generational pottery making dynasty that stretched from Pennsylvania through Maryland and into the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Join us as we place John Bell’s career into the context of his larger family, including his father Peter and brothers Solomon and Samuel, among others.
Following the lecture will be an in-depth look at sherds, kiln furniture, and other artifacts recovered from the John Bell Pottery in Waynesboro, part of the collection of the Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies (NCSS). Guests will also be able to view an extensive collection of original Bell Family pieces in the Renfrew Visitors Center gallery and purchase a chance to win fine reproductions handcrafted by ceramicists including Lynette King, Jack Handshaw, James Smith (previous NCCS Executive Director), Mike McIntyre, and Anne Aden. Additional Bell reproductions will be for sale in the Renfrew gift shop.
About the Speaker: Nick Powers is Curator of Collections at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia. A native of the Shenandoah Valley, he graduated from James Madison University in 2011 with a degree in History. In 2014, he graduated from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware. At the MSV, Powers researches, exhibits, and lectures on the museum’s collection of Valley fine, decorative, and folk art, as well as the comprehensive collection of museum benefactor Julian Wood Glass Jr. (1910-1992). Powers is the author of several articles on Shenandoah Valley and Southern decorative arts and material culture.
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