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LIBBY HORNERLibby Horner is the world's leadingauthority on Frank Brangwyn. In 2006,she curated the most comprehensiveexhibition ever held of Brangwyn's work(Leeds, Bruges and Swansea). Inaddition, she co-edited Frank Brangwyn1867-1956, wrote Frank Brangwyn: AMission to Decorate Lifefor The Fine ArtSociety/Liss Fine Artselling show in 2006,presented and wrote the script for the Brangwyn DVD ART?It's just a job!and started a website devoted to Brangwyn'swork. Libby is currently compiling the catalogue raisonné of allBrangwyn's work -both fine and decorative art -estimated tobe in excess of 12,000 works. However, having nowestablished herself as the authority on Frank Brangwyn, she isnow making a film about Patrick Reyntiens. She is keen toemphasise the processes involved in creating works of art,and her lectures will reflect this stance. Stained Glass - ARevolution: MorrisTo Reyntiens ViaTiffanyThree very differentdesigners, eachconsidered avant-gardeby their contemporaries.Morris and Burne-Jonescreated mosaic-likewindows with subtlecolouring. Tiffany experimented with opalescent and rough-cutjewels of glass to unusual effect. And Reyntiens' work hastransformed the conception and construction of stained glass.Printmaking: The Influence of JaponismeEuropean interest in woodcuts and colour wood-block printingwas revived during the late 19th century by the craze for allthings Japanese, in particular ukiyo-e prints. It was the anti-establishment element of these works that vastly appealed toEuropean artists eager to escape convention.ART IN ACTION36NADFAS REVIEW / SUMMER in Action lecture NADFAS-accredited speakers are offering a real taste of the exotic in this year's Art in Action lecture programme.on 19th-century Europe, the splendour of the American South's plantation houses and the fascinating stories GERALD DAVISONGerald Davison is an author, lecturer andformer art dealer and his books onChinese ceramics are among thestandard works on the subject. Hislectures on Chinese art have taken him toAsia, Australia and the UK, includingmany NADFAS Societies. In addition, hehas lectured on land tours of China andon cruises. He has a close relationshipwith Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art and is a Fellowof the RSA and Member of the Oriental Ceramic Society.The Great East India Company AdventureAn exiting and very colourful tale of the building of a tradingcompany that grew to be the biggest commercial undertakingthe world has ever seen. It brought tea, spices, silks, porcelainand other exotic commodities to grace the homes and lives ofthe British from the 17th to the early 19th centuries.This lecture looks at the resulting influences the trade goodsfrom India and China had on tastes in Europe. Very colourfulslides tell the tale of the people who made this tradepossible -from the captains, supercargoes and crews whorisked danger and disease to bring back to these shores thewealth and mystery of the Orient, to the customers who inturn craved these wonderful objects.Beautiful Porcelain made for the'Three Emperors' (1644-1796)There have been many 'golden ages'during the long history of Chineseceramics, but this lecture looks indetail at the people, places andproduction of porcelain and otherceramics made during theconsecutive reigns of the so called'Three Emperors'. Created during thelate 17th and 18th centuries, thesebeautiful, sometimes very complex,objects represent the absolute pinnacle of theChinese potters' skills and innovation. DATELECTURERTITLETIME15 JulyLibby HornerStained Glass -a Revolution: Morris to Reyntiens via Tiffany11.00-12.0015 JulyLibby HornerPrintmaking: The influence of Japonisme14.00-15.0016 July Gerald Davison The Great East India Company Adventure11.00-12.0016 July Gerald Davison Beautiful Porcelain14.00-15.00Below left:Stained glass byPatrick Reyntiensin CoventryCathedralBelow: GeraldDavison's newbook on Chineseceramics thatpublishes thissummer REVIEW / SUMMER201037DATELECTURERTITLETIME17 JulyRoger MitchellPlantation Houses of the American South11.00-12.0017 JulyRoger MitchellOn Progress with Queen Elizabeth I14.00-15.0018 July Jan JeffersonAmish Way of Life and History11.00-12.0018 July Jan JeffersonAmish Art: Their Quilts 14.00-15.00Below left:Palladianelegance -Drayton Hall,South CarolinaBelow: America's Amishcommunities arethe subject ofJan Jefferson'slecturesART IN ACTION programmeFrom the adventures of East India Company traders, to the influence of Japanese prints behind Amish quilts - all are coveredJAN JEFFERSONJan Jefferson grew up in Pennsylvaniaand holds degrees in History andInternational Relations. As well as writingand broadcasting on Amish people andtheir quilts, Jan is the author of A Guideto Amish Quilts, which was published in1998, and A Family Scrapbook, published2005. Jan collects American and Amishquilts and as well as conducting tours toPennsylvania, she lectures to historical and archaeologicalsocieties and gives museum and gallery talks.Amish Way of Life and HistoryThe Amish are of interest to many people worldwide becauseof our fascination with their quiet, simple lives away from the21st-century rat race. Generally they are farmers using horse,rather than tractor, power. Their homes are undecorated andwithout electricity. Their clothes are of plain dark fabrics inprescribed styles. Emphasis on family and community istaught from an early age. Amish lives are based on sharedbrotherhood, honesty, love, practicality and humility. The lectureintroduces and explains these gentle people's way of life.Amish Art: Their QuiltsAn Amish woman rarely use colour in her life. She dresses inplain, dark clothes. She doesn't decorate her simple, white-walled house. Her one opportunity to work with colour iswhen she makes a quilt. Traditionally these were utilitarian,using scraps of fabrics left over from making clothes,but Amishwomen madethese coloursglow in unusualcombinations.Modern Amishquilts arebrighter andpatterned. Old ornew, their quiltsare works of art.ROGER MITCHELLRoger Mitchell studied History at Oxfordand Fine Art at Leeds and was awardedthe Churchill Fellowship to travel andstudy in USA. A former college vice-principal, he now lectures for theUniversity of Liverpool and for adultresidential colleges. He also organisesand leads country house study tours.Roger describes himself as a socialhistorian with a particular interest in architecture. Most of hislectures (including the two that he is giving at Art in Action)focus on the interaction between people and buildings.Plantation Houses of the American SouthThe plantation houses of Virginia and the Carolinas are someof the US's finest examples of Colonial architecture. Westoverand Drayton Hall show all the Palladian elegance of a Georgiancountry house. George Washington's Mount Vernon andThomas Jefferson's Monticello are more personal -appropriatefor their distinguished owners. Moving to the Deep South welook at the spectacular houses of Louisiana and Mississippi.On Progress with Queen Elizabeth IThe perfect lecture for a country house in the Thames Valley inhigh summer. Although never at Waterperry, Elizabeth I wasoften in Oxfordshire, at Rycote, at Ditchley and in Oxford itself.We look at a court on the move, the great men and the greathouses it descended upon, and entertainments that wereprovided at houses like Kenilworth, Burghley and Longleat.