With more than 3000 people streaming through the halls, meeting rooms, ballrooms, tours, seminars, and shows, the 31st National Arts and Crafts Conference at the historic 1913 Grove Park Inn lived up to its billing as “the most important weekend of the year for Arts and Crafts collectors.” The conference officially opened on Friday with a series of walking tours of the 510-room historic Grove Park Inn, which has served nearly every president since Woodrow Wilson, countless celebrities and politicians, plus Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The inn’s famous collection of Arts and Crafts furniture, including two towering Roycroft clocks, …
As I explained to our seminar crowd gathered in the Grand Ballroom last night, in the early years of the National Arts and Crafts Conference, we always had a seminar scheduled for Saturday evening, but as more people elected to leave the Grove Park Inn to go down the mountain into Asheville for dinner on Saturday night, I began getting complaints. They felt they were missing out on a great seminar speaker. So, I did as one of them suggested: I began delivering the Saturday evening seminar myself. Seems they didn’t mind choosing Bojangles over me. (A trio among my …
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 …
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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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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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