by Bruce Johnson Known to everyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting him as “Bungalow Bob,” the esteemed architectural historian Robert Winter passed away on Saturday, February 9 at the age of 94. Robert Winter was among a handful of college professors who in the early 1970s recognized and publicized the significance of the nearly forgotten Arts and Crafts movement. Robert wrote and co-authored several books drawing attention to the contributions the Arts and Crafts movement had made to Southern California and the bungalow style. He lived in a classic California bungalow that had once been …
by Bruce Johnson While Arts and Crafts collectors recognize the 1913 Grove Park Inn as an iconic symbol of the Arts and Crafts movement, the massive granite hotel was not built in a vacuum. As its mortared walls were rising on Sunset Mountain, the surrounding neighborhoods were growing, too, as Arts and Crafts bungalows designed for middle class families also began springing up. Nestled at the foot of Sunset Mountain, just beyond the Donald Ross golf course, is Norwood Park, every bit as representative of the Arts and Crafts movement as the Grove Park Inn. Like many such …
For many of us our first experience as a collector may have been at a local yard sale, craft fair or elbow-punching flea market, but attending a major show requires an awareness of the value of the pieces on display, as well as a sensitivity to the risk every exhibitor endures. Long before the show doors open, every exhibitor, from antiques dealer to contemporary artisan, has spent weeks planning, preparing, packing, transporting and displaying their merchandise, and it is only polite for us to recognize that. Here, then, are some guidelines for every collector to follow: Do not open any …
November 9th - 11th, 2018 - Craftsman Weekend, Pasadena Heritage. www.pasadenaheritage.org
November 17th, 2018 - February 1st, 2019 - Roycroft Exhibit: Arts and Craftsmen Guild. www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com
November 17th, 2018 - March 29th, 2020 - "Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork" Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA. www.mfa.org
November 18th, 2018 - Art & Design Auction. Treadway Gallery, 2029 Madison Road, Cincinatti, OH. For more information, visit www.treadwaygallery.com
Whether it be a museum with an Arts & Crafts collection, a nearby Prairie School home, a bungalow neighborhood, an Arts & Crafts gallery or a Frederick Law Olmstead park, just being able to add an Arts & Crafts side trip to our journey would add to our enjoyment and our education.
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how valuable is a video?
Here at ArtsandCraftsCollector.com we have been busy making brief, informative videos to educate and instruct viewers in a variety of aspects of Arts & Crafts collecting.
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We are currently in the process of collecting, organizing, identifying and displaying on this website as many Arts & Crafts shopmarks as possible. And like our Reference Library, we need your help. While we have documented the shopmarks of the major Arts & Crafts firms, we need for you to email us a photograph of any shopmarks you have from lesser known firms, along with a brief description of the piece.
As both a collector and a researcher, I have often wished there was one site where every book ever written on the Arts & Crafts movement was listed. Now that place exists. Together we can compile on this website a list of every book of interest to Arts & Crafts collectors. All you have to do is pull some of the books off your bookshelf (go for the less obvious ones – and check below for duplicate entries) and email me the title, author, publisher and most recent copyright date. I will sort them by category and list them here so that anytime you or anyone else wants to research anything relating to the Arts & Crafts movement, you will start your search here.
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