On Sunday, April 29th, the Colorado Arts and Crafts Society (CACS) will host its popular “Gathering of the Guilds” at the Boettcher Mansion overlooking Golden, Colorado. This interactive forum of local artisans – including bookmakers, calligraphers, ceramicists, illustrators, jewelers, leathersmiths, painters, printmakers, textile artists, and woodworkers – provides scores of attendees with the opportunity to observe and understand the unique techniques of each craft. Created 21 years ago by a cadre of kindred spirits, CACS is a non-profit, volunteer organization headquartered at the iconic Boettcher Mansion atop Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colorado. Built in 1917 as a rustic seasonal …
April in North Carolina is still too soon for planting herbs, but not for getting a new planting bed ready. A few years ago I took a landscaping shortcut, the kind that always comes back to haunt you, by building this low retaining wall for our first herb garden out of pine landscaping timbers. They were fast and cheap, but like everything fast and cheap they not only didn’t look good — or natural — they soon began to rot. So last week Leigh Ann and I started our spring project by first tearing out the wooden timbers and replacing …
As sensitive as everyone should be to the condition of a finish on any piece of antique furniture, I still find myself wincing as I walk through antique malls noting the number of price tags stuck to old, fragile, original finishes. Not long ago a good friend alerted me to this pair of walnut bookends with carved dogwood blossoms on them. They were cut, hand-carved, and signed by The Artisans’ Shop here in Asheville, NC around 1930. The Artisans’ Shop co-founder was George Arthur, who had trained under Eleanor Vance at Biltmore Estate Industries from 1905-1915. In keeping with …
April 20th, 2018 - May 26th, 2018 - CJ Hurley show “Houses, Landscapes, Flowers & Dreams” - paintings inspired by the natural and architectural beauty of Western Pennsylvania and New York. Opening reception: April 20th, 5-8pm, Graffiti Gallery; National Transit Building; 210 Seneca Street, Oil City PA. cjhurley.com
April 21st, 2018 - Crab Tree Farm Tour, 10 AM, Lake Bluff, IL. Pleasant Home Foundation is offering a tour of the stunning Crab Tree Farm, a working farm with Arts and Crafts Collection, including a special exhibit on the pottery of Newcomb College. Tickets are limited. www.pleasanthome.org for details.
April 25th - 28th, 2018 - American Art Pottery Association Convention and Show. Ames, IA. aapa.info
April 27th - June 29th, 2018 - Roycroft Campus Exhibit: Roycroft Power House, 4pm - 9pm, free to the public. Mary Pratt Pottery - Roycroft Artisan in Clay. www.roycroft-campuscorp.com
April 27th, 2018 - Frank Lloyd Wright Trust -Robie House Restoration Hard Hat Tour, in-depth evening tour of the museum as it undergoes restoration. 6:30 - 8:30pm, additional dates available. Robie House, Chicago, IL. $50-$60. flwright.org/hardhattours for more info.
April 29th, 2018 - Gathering of the Guilds. Colorado A&C Society, Boettcher Mansion, Denver. Coloarts-crafts.org
April 30th, 2018 - Skinner Auctions: Fine Oriental Rugs and Carpets. 12:00 pm, 63 Park Plaza, Boston, MA. www.skinnerinc.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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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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