“The Lost Art of Oz” founder, Brady Schwind was honored to be a keynote speaker at the International Wizard of Oz Club’s 2022 convention hosted in historic East Aurora, New York, home of the Roycrofters / Arts and Crafts movement.
The Convention’s theme this year honored W.W. Denslow and the Royal Illustrators of Oz. Brady spoke about his ongoing efforts to find, catalogue, and preserve the original artwork created by Denslow, John R. Neill, Frank Kramer, “Dirk,” and Dick Martin for the original Oz book series, and recounted stories about the fascinating individual journeys key pieces of art have made over the last 100 years.
The presentation was highlighted with over 40 examples of illustrative art representing the work of each of the original illustrators of Oz.
The Arts of Imagination Foundation also leant original copper printing plates, first used to publish the Oz books in the early 20th century, for use in a printmaking class utilizing the antique Roycroft printing press.
Convention chair, Cindy Ragni did a fantastic job creating a weekend of fascinating conversation, education, and exploration, and “The Lost Art of Oz” was particularly grateful to meet, in-person, collectors and scholars who have provided invaluable insights and support to our endeavors.
Brady Schwind is a writer, director, and Oz Enthusiast on a mission to definitively catalogue the existing original artwork from the famed "Famous Forty" Oz books.