Since today is Giving Tuesday, we are featuring a guest editorial written by Vonda Givens, executive director of the non-profit Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. All Arts and Crafts collectors, homeowners, and enthusiasts benefit greatly by numerous non-profit organizations, including the Syracuse Gustav Stickley House Foundation, the Roycroft Campus Corporation, the Gamble House, The Rose Valley Museum, and others listed at the close of this article. While these organizations depend on our financial support year-round, today is a special day to show our appreciation by sending them a year-end donation. – B.J. The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms …
In our often-frenzied pursuit of the “objects” made by Arts and Crafts craftsmen, we often forget about the “objectives” of the Arts and Crafts reformers. Along with their goal of raising the status of craftsmen to that previously bestowed only on artists, a small group of ardent social reformers sought to improve the lives of the lower classes, many of whom were newly-arrived immigrants trapped in toxic working and living environments. Among the educational tools which the reformers utilized were manual arts classes, in which young men and women were taught the practical skills necessary to produce Arts and …
A rare Stickley Grandfather clock that many consider to be the best example of a grandfather clock designed by Gustav Stickley, a rare Mary Chase Perry Stratton for Pewabic Pottery vase, a Tiffany Studios Lily table lamp – these are just a few examples of the historically important works up for auction this Sunday, December 8th during the dual Art & Design with Tradition & Innovation auctions held by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers. Among the important collections identified according to the auction catalog are the collections of Kazimir Karpuszko from Chicago, the Stahr collection frrom Barrington, IL, Richard Nickel …
November 29th through December 31st - Holiday Decorations in the Stickley Museum Log House and museum's Crafts-mas Shop. See period Arts and Crafts style holiday decorations in the Log House and shop the Crafts-mas Shop Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4:00 pm. Visit www.stickleymuseum.org for more information.
December 1st - January 6th - Holidays Tours at Riordan Mansion, Flagstaff. Available Thursdays through Mondays with tours on the hour from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Reservations are recommended. For more information, please visit the Riordan Mansion's website at https://azstateparks.com/riordan-mansion/
December 5th - Holiday Happy Hours at the Copper Shop, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Holiday theme: Santa Claus is Coming to Town. For more information, visit the Roycroft Campus's website at https://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/
December 6th - VIP Crafts-mas Shopping Night at Craftsman Farms, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm The Crafts-mas Shop doors will stay open late during this special “shopportunity.” Visit www.stickleymuseum.org for more information.
December 7th - Hillside Club Member's Art Show. Show and Sale. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Hillside Club. 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA. For more information, hillsideclub.org
December 7th - Crafts-mas Open House at Craftsman Farms. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Slow down and treat yourself to the sights, sounds and smells of the season at our annual Open House.Visit www.stickleymuseum.org for more information.
December 7th - Holiday Open House at Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio. Oak Park, IL. Presented by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, a free tour is offered of Frank Lloyd Wright's home, decked for the holidays. If interested, please register at https://flwright.org/programs/homefortheholidays
December 7th - Children's Gingerbread House Decorating Party at the Glessner House. Be Your Own Architect! Come create a holiday masterpiece at Glessner House’s third annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party! For more information, go to https://www.glessnerhouse.org/programs/childrens-gingerbread-house-decorating-party.
December 7th and 8th: Roycroft Campus Holiday Show! local artists and vendors and activities for the whole family. Fresh-made kettle corn, food trucks. For more information, visit the Roycroft Campus's website at https://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/
December 7th and 8th: The Roycroft Winter Festival, hosted by the Roycrofters-At-Large Association, will start at 10am and run until 5pm at East Aurora Middle School, across the street from the Roycroft Campus. For more information on the Winter Festival, visit the Roycrofters-At-Large Association website at https://www.ralaweb.com/
December 8th - Father Christmas Visits Pleasant Home. Victorian Father Christmas will be at Pleasant Home from 2:00pm to 5:30pm to greet children. Registration is through the Parks District of Oak Park, IL and can be found here.
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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