(Left to right, top to bottom: James Mario, James McNabb, Mark Sfirri, Norm Sartorius and Holly Tornheim) 

Preview Party
: May 20, 2012 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Art Exhibit: May 21- June 10, 2012
Monday - Friday 10:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00-4:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00-4:00 p.m.
(Closed Memorial Day)


The Wharton Esherick Museum presents Poplar Culture: the Celebration of a Tree, May 21-June 10, 2012 at Historic Yellow Springs. The show features the work of more than 40 contemporary woodworkers honoring Wharton Esherick with pieces crafted from a single tulip poplar tree that stood outside Esherick’s studio door.

Participating artists include Mira Nakashima, Mark Sfirri, David Ellsworth, Alphonse Mattia, David Ebner, Holly Tornheim, Norm Sartorius, Jack Larimore, and Jasper Brinton. Click to see the full list of artists.

The Wharton Esherick Museum challenged the artists to create works that "honor the tree. The works produced vary from furniture, woodblock prints, ceramics to sculpture. All the artwork is available to purchase during the show, and proceeds from the sales benefit the Wharton Esherick Museum and Historic Yellow Springs.

This exhibition is sponsored by the David A. and Helen P. Horn Charitable Trust, Hearne Hardwoods, Samuel T. Freeman & Co., Moderne Gallery, Schiffer Books, Rago Arts and Auction Center, Paoli Print, Naturescapes Landscaping, Ltd., The Artful Framer, Chester County Historical Society, Preservation Tree, Victory Brewing Company, The Satell Center for Executive Education and Fleur Bresler .

Visit the Exhibition

Historic Yellow Springs, Chester Springs, PA
May 21 - June 10, 2012
Monday - Friday 10:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00-4:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00-4:00 p.m.
(Closed Memorial Day)

*This exhibition is free and open to the public.
No reservations required to visit Historic Yellow Springs.


Night Light
, David Moser

Online Exhibit

View Poplar Culture online, and see over seventy pieces made from one tree.

Lessons from the Poplar, Jack Larimore

Watch the creation of Poplar Culture: The Celebration of a Tree. Starting with Esherick's love of nature, this poplar evolved from a dying tree to an exhibition of one of a kind art pieces hand crafted by the some of the area's finest artisans.
Video by Tamara Barnes


Poplar Culture Artists

Ken Bell
Michael Biddison
Jasper Brinton
Michael Brolly
Miriam Carpenter
Andy DiPietro
Ron Durr
Chuck Dyke
David Ebner
Craig Edelbrock
Paul & Jesse Eisenhauer
David Ellsworth
Philip Hauser
Carolyn Hesse
Roger Justice
Ray Kelso
Brian Kolakowski
Jack Larimore
Stephen Leichner
Steve Loar
George Manns

James Mario
John Matthews
Alphonse Mattia
Aurora McFee
James McNabb
Thos. and David Moser
Mira Nakashima
Matt Neff
Ryan Procsal
Michael Puryear
Norm Sartorius
Sandra Scicchitani
Mark Sfirri
Paul Sirofchuck
John Sterling
Holly Tornheim
Shawn Turley
Ward Stevens
George Wagner
Abe Warren
Derek Weidman 



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