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Zulma Steele: Artist/Craftswoman

  • Dates: 10/24/2020, 10/25/2020, 10/30/2020, 10/31/2020, 11/1/2020, 11/6/2020, 11/7/2020, 11/8/2020, 11/13/2020, 11/14/2020, 11/15/2020, 11/20/2020, 11/21/2020, 11/22/2020
  • Location: Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
  • Address: 34 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12508
  • Phone: (845) 679-2079
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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Zulma Steele: Artist/Craftswoman examines the career of one of Byrdcliffe’s earliest artist residents and the powerful creative voice of the Byrdcliffe brand. Steele came to the Byrdcliffe Art Colony in 1903 during its first summer of operation and immediately established herself as a leading force in both the furniture and architectural designs of the art colony. She and her longtime collaborator and companion Edna Walker (born 1880), both students of Arthur Wesley Dow at Pratt Institute, lived in Byrdcliffe’s cottage Angelus through the second decade of the twentieth century; they are credited with developing Byrdcliffe's signature furniture style, which incorporated painted or carved botanical motifs into the doors and panels of the desks and linen presses that were the wood shop’s primary yield. Curated by Henry T. Ford, Derin Tanyol, Bruce Weber, and Tom Wolf, Zulma Steele: Artist/Craftswoman provides a long overdue examination of one of Byrdcliffe’s most prolific artists.

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