Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio

Behind the back of Tanglewood is the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio, we saw an ad to visit in our Tanglewood program last week and thought we should give it a try.

“Visit the home of American Abstract Artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen, set on a 46-acre estate in the heart of Lenox, Massachusetts. View their paintings, frescoes, and sculpture; experience their exquisite collection of American and European Cubist Art.”

“Join us Saturday August 13th at 2pm for a house tour with Richard Guy Wilson. Richard Guy Wilson is Commonwealth Professor Emeritus in Architectural History at the University of Virginia, a TV commentator, and author of books on architecture and design including Machine Age in America and Modern Architecture in America.”

Individual Membership (1) or Family Memberships (2) include these benefits:

  • Unlimited Admission of self-guided tours assisted by brand new audio or written guides
  • Free Admission to Painting Demos every Friday@11am led by professional artists
  • Free Admission to Color Theory classes led by director Kinney Frelinghuysen.
  • Free Grounds admission for the 46-acre estate of trails and gardens, Thursday-Sunday, 10-4pm.

It all sounded so wonderful but the day was a dud. The house was not in great shape and not very interesting, the guide was a bore. The saving grace was Suzy’s nephew who now manages the place.

Much of the grounds were posted as no access. The best part was the walk in , its a 1/3 mile path through fabulous woodland , over streams and bridges. But not enough to recommend unless you know these artists and are interested in them and their work.

To make up for the horror of the day we made a pit stop in Lenox to grab some ordinary ice cream at Sweet Dreams ( which bills itself as a candy shop and sells ordinary candy that they upscale by putting it in glass bowls), walk the tourist clogged streets and stop in a tiny art fair. It wasn’t doing it for me in any way – Today I think I should rename the website “travels of a cranky woman” And then things got better.

We stopped at Olivia’s Overlook which was lovely and had a chatty visit with a couple who travel in a Unity Leisure Travel Van. The overlook has a trail we didn’t follow and is managed by the Landkeeper’s.

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