After the long winter’s night, we are finally enjoying the sights and sounds of spring. With the change of season, it is also time for a scene change with The Windows Project at 124 W. Jefferson St. next to Rick’s Bakery.
For a few weeks in June, The Windows will feature a display of furniture by Frank Lloyd Wright and other designers. Derry Graves, who spearheaded the Windows Project, and Joni Graves (no relation) have been collecting items to display just in time for Wright in Wisconsin’s annual Wright and Like 2018 tour, which is returning to the Spring Green area. The event, which was last here in 2012, is expected to attract several hundred people to our greater community on June 2.
The Wright items in the Windows will be on display well into June. As curator of The Windows, Derry Graves said, “I hope many of our area residents as well as our visitors will enjoy The Windows and a Frank Lloyd Wright kind of welcome. It seems fitting to coordinate something with the Wright and Like events.”
It is also fitting that Derry selected this focus. Her late husband, Robert, came to the area as a youth in the 1940s when his father was employed by Wright to manage the farm, a job he held for over 30 years. In 1952, Robert and Derry married and made Wyoming Valley their home. The family developed a loyalty and deep respect for Frank Lloyd Wright, his ideas, projects and dreams. That admiration has been passed on to their five children, who have fond memories of time spent at Taliesin.
Derry hopes to announce plans for the Windows Project in late June. It has been a volunteer effort, with assistance from Jane Elmer and Joni Graves, and its future depends on a variety of factors including interest from prospective participants and space availability. Space for the Windows Project has been generously donated by Rick Meixelsperger.
For more information about the June 2 Wright in Like house tour in Spring Green and Richland Center, call (608) 287-0339 or see www.wrightinwisconsin.org.