Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

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Schneider Lecture

Olfactory Flacon, on view at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

Lost in Fragrance
Thursday, August 25, 2022
6:30 - 8:30 PM

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 N. New Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018

Get lost in fragrance at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts! On Thursday, August 25th, join artisan perfumer Erica Vinskie and glass artist Anna Boothe as they talk about the history of perfume and the making of art glass perfume bottles using the pâte de verre glassmaking technique! Pate de verre is a glass casting technique that has roots in antiquity. The technique itself was coined in France in the mid to late 19th century.

Enjoy appetizers, wine, and the chance to sample select fragrances from HENNY FAIRE Co.

HENNY FAIRE Co Crispa (gold currant and clove)
HENNY FAIRE Co. Lucida, Mala and Junipera

Anna Boothe

With degrees in sculpture and glass from Rhode Island School of Design and Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Anna Boothe has worked with glass since 1980. Her primarily kiln-cast sculptural and decorative works have been exhibited at numerous venues including the Tittot Glass Art and Bergstrom-Mahler Museums, Museum of American Glass, Museum of Greater Lafayette, and Kentucky Museum of Art and Design, and are included in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, Racine Art Museum and Tacoma Museum of Art.

Anna has lectured and/or taught at numerous venues including the Corning Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Urban Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, Rhode Island School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Sheridan College (Toronto) and the Everhart Museum (Pennsylvania), as well as at schools in Belgium, Israel, Japan, Switzerland and Turkey.


Erica Vinskie

Erica Vinskie is the nose behind HENNY FAIRE Co. fragrances and apothecary. A university lecturer and visual artist, Erica began studying perfumery in 2014 and launched HENNY FAIRE Co. a year later with a line of home fragrances inspired by native Eastern U.S. plants.

Erica grew up in Pennsylvania's Anthracite Region (Northern Appalachia). As a child, she observed her elders, including the real-life "Henny", forage in the hills surrounding our mining village. She was further fascinated by the vanities of the older women in her village. With bottles of herbal tinctures situated alongside European perfumes, they displayed the unique blend of practicality and refinement that characterized the women of this generation.

Erica crafts all HENNY FAIRE Co. products in micro-batches in her home studio outside of Reading, PA.  Along with the plants her husband grows on our property, she depend on wildcrafters throughout the Eastern U.S. for raw materials.

HENNY FAIRE Co. | The Essence of Appalachia

The Schneider Lecture is funded in part by the Ernest M. Schneider Lecture Fund and in part by the Jones Fund for Adult Programming



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