Alliance Members Discuss Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland November 18
October 14, 2013
Join fellow Alliance members in this monthly exploration of literature focused on art, artists, art history, and art appreciation.
During the Gilded Age just before the turn of the twentieth century, Tiffany forged his reputation in stained-glass. His highly recognizable style blended Art Nouveau, the exoticism of the Aesthetics Movement, and his own adoration of nature. Until recently, it was assumed that he was the designer of the celebrated leaded-glass lampshades. However, two collections of letters reveal that an unrecognized woman, Clara Driscoll, designed the floral shades as well as many of the bronze bases. Clara and Mr. Tiffany presents these two figures–one the giant of American decorative arts, the other unknown–as they engage each other, collaborating, probing and frustrating each other, stumbling over their passions.
The Member Gallery Book Club meets from 7-9PM on the third Tuesday of every month. Club members must purchase their own copy of each book. A discussion guide will be available for download at artinlee.org beginning November 1. Pre-registration is encouraged – an active Alliance membership is all that’s required. The club continues on Tuesday, December 17.
Alliance individual memberships are $50 per year, and a family can join for just $75 per year. Membership benefits include 20% discounts on all classes & workshops, a wide variety of FREE class Try It sessions, discounts on theatre tickets and youth camps, special exhibition opportunities and the satisfaction of knowing you’re supporting a vibrant community of artists and art enthusiasts here in southwest Florida.