By Bruce Johnson, Director. For the past 31 years, I have always emphasized the importance of the educational aspects of the annual Arts and Crafts Conference, from the opening historic walking tours of the Omni Grove Park Inn and the daily small group discussions to the afternoon demonstrations and the six major seminar presentations. Selecting each year’s topics and speakers is the most enjoyable aspect of organizing this event. It gives me the opportunity to highlight lesser known artisans and firms from the Arts and Crafts era, or to ask an author or researcher to delve into an unexplored aspect …
A trip up to the Grove Park Inn last week was met with a chorus of questions. Actually, a chorus of one repeated question: “Are you ready for the Conference?” While I occasionally have to remind our attendees that within the year-long schedule of the Grove Park Inn, we are but one weekend – that being the third weekend in February – in truth, anyone who has worked at the Grove Park Inn even one previous February will quickly tell you we are their favorite weekend of the year. And it’s not just because we can often be found peering …
David Rudd and Debbie Goldwein, principals of Dalton’s American Decorative Arts in Syracuse, NY, have announced an upcoming exhibition of the work of Roycroft Renaissance Artist Laura Wilder entitled “In the Arts and Crafts Style.” An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 4, from Noon until 3:00pm in their gallery located at 1931 James Street in Syracuse. The exhibition, in which all works will be for sale, runs through January 2, 2018. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 10 – 5, and Saturdays 10 – 3. Laura Wilder’s block prints will be exhibited among Stickley and other American Arts …
Wright’s Larkin Exhibit: Arts and Crafts in Industry. University of Buffalo, Buffalo. Through October 29. art.buffalo.edu/wrightlarkinexhibition/
The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms Head, Hand & Heart Gala; Morris Plains, NJ. October 15. www.stickleymuseum.org
Wright’s Pride of the Prairie: Dana House and Millikin Place Tour; Springfield, IL. October 20. www.flwright.org/decatur-springfield
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands; Asheville, NC. October 20-23. www.southernhighlandguild.org
Lecture: Bay Area Copper 1900-1950 Dirk van Erp & His Influence; Seattle, WA. October 27. www.historicseattle.org
The Rose Valley Museum & Historical Society Halloween Masquerade; Rose Valley, PA. October 29. www.rosevalleymuseum.org
Halloween at the Roycroft; East Aurora, NY. October 31. www.roycroftinn.com
Early Newcomb Pottery from the Barbara & Henry Fuldner Collection; Morris Plains, NJ. Through November 6. www.stickleymuseum.org
Women, Art & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise; Nashville, TN. Through November 6. www.fristcenter.org
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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