MAACM To Preview Exhibit on the Art of Dow Live During Arts & Crafts In August

by Kate Nixon

Editor’s note 07/27/22: this article has been updated with new information regarding the live MAACM preview.


Previewing Arthur Wesley Dow: His Beloved Ipswich: Photographs, Paintings, and Prints

Friday, August 5th at 3:00 PM EST via Zoom – a session for Arts & Crafts In August

For registered conference attendees

Arthur Wesley Dow, Clam Houses (aka The Old Warehouse, Ipswich), c. 1893-1895, 4 1/2″ x 6″

The upcoming exhibit on Arthur Wesley Dow’s photographs, paintings and prints depicting his native Ipswich will debut this fall at the Museum of the American Arts & Crafts Movement in St. Petersburg, Florida. For those collectors who can’t wait for a glimpse, all you need is an internet connection. The exhibit featuring items from the Two Red Roses Foundation will be shown in an exclusive preview during Arts & Crafts In August Friday, August 5th at 3:00 PM during the online celebration Arts & Crafts In August.

Portrait of Arthur Wesley Dow circa 1890 in Ipswich, MA. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia commons.

The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement is proud to present an outstanding collection of Arthur Wesley Dow’s eclectic artwork from the Two Red Roses Foundation. Join MAACM’s Director of Operations, Andrea Morgan, for an exclusive sneak peek of MAACM’s newest exhibition, featuring over 60 works including color woodblocks, paintings, and original cyanotypes from Dow’s rare Ipswich Days album.

Andrea, the discussion group leader, will talk about the exhibition and the significance of Arthur Wesley Dow and show highlights for the first time from the exhibit during this live session. The audience can then ask questions of Andrea.

A revered painter, printmaker, photographer, and educator, Dow studied in Paris and taught extensively from the 1880’s through the 1910’s. As an art educator, Dow’s ideas on art were centered on the democratic nature of artistic expression, that art should be part of everyday life and not just enjoyed by the few. His 1899 book Composition: A series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers, teaches students to create harmonious works of art through the elements of the composition, such as line, balance, and color.  Dow’s many students include photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn, painter Georgia O’Keefe, and the Overbeck sisters, whose works in pottery you can see on MAACM’s fourth floor. Dow’s Composition is still taught today using his theories of space and design, and his legacy ripples through artistic expression through the 19th and 20th centuries.

This session is the latest scheduled on the theme of fine art and photography during Arts & Crafts In August. On Friday, August 5th, another Zoom session earlier at 1:00 PM EST will show frame maker Tim Holton in a discussion group on how to frame your fine art and photography – see the video below for more information. Tim Holton of Holton Studio Frame-makers in Berkeley, California, specializes in custom-made hardwood frames and operates his woodworking shop in tandem with the frame studio where he and his fellow artisans revives the Cabinetmakers’ Frame Tradition, a tradition that was first revived during the Arts & Crafts movement.



Additionally, a seminar from the National Arts and Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn Archives will be shown to attendees: local Asheville photographer Ralph Burns presented “Fine Art Photography: The Extension of Mind and Heart” in 2014 to the Grove Park Inn audience. The seminar will be replayed during the month of August for registered attendees and can be found for all registered attendees upon entering their conference attendee portal or in our special Video on Demand page.


To register for Arts and Crafts in August, please visit the registration page here.

To see the full schedule for Arts & Crafts In August including sessions on Arts & Crafts furniture, metalwork, art pottery, woodblock printmaking, resources for authors and more, click here.