From the desk of Executive Director Vonda Givens: Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms’ mission—to preserve, interpret, and make relevant the legacy and ideals of Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts movement—informs everything we do, but I think that intent is most clearly expressed through the museum’s collections. From furniture to photographs, our collections embody Stickley’s vision. They help us tell his story and are a crucial element of the visitor experience. For some, our collections are like old friends—long known and loved! For others they offer a beginner’s course in all things Arts and Crafts. Recent gifts …
Each February when we gather at the historic Grove Park Inn for the National Arts and Crafts Conference and Shows, we each leave behind our regular lives and for three days put aside all thoughts of work. Rather than playing the roles of accountants, attorneys, managers, programmers, or real estate agents, we enjoy and express our respect and passion for Arts and Crafts furniture, art pottery, metalware, art, and books, as well as the craftsmen and craftswomen who made each piece we appreciate. The Arts and Crafts Conference remains a part of my daily life throughout the year, as …
In what is being called an “Antiques Trifecta,” the American Art Pottery Association Show will join two additional shows at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia starting May 1st through the 5th. The show will be held alongside the Washington Art Deco/Modernism Show and the DC Big Flea Antique Market on Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th, but will hold special events the days before that weekend. Admission to the AAPA Show & Sale will give visitors access to all three shows. The special events include three educational seminars on Thursday and Friday, May 2nd and 3rd, …
April 24th - Judith Tankard, "Garden Artists and Gardens of the Arts & Crafts Movement" Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL. Proceeds will benefit Red Mountain Garden Club Memorial Garden. https://artsbma.org/
April 24th - "Watercolor & Wine" Learn how to paint english lavender and basic techniques of watercolor painting with Roycroft Campus artist-in-residence, Kateri Ewing. 6-8pm. Visit https://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/ for more information.
April 25th - "From the Gilded to Gustav: Victorian and Arts and Crafts Eras in Onondaga County" exhibit highlighting several of Syracuse’s major contributors to the Arts and Crafts movement in the 1900-1920s. Onondaga Historical Association, Syracuse, NY. For more information, visit https://www.cnyhistory.org/
April 26th - Chur Gallery show, featuring artist Marie A. Gniazdowski. Runs through April 30th. Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, NY. Visit https://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/ for more information.
April 27th - "The Art of the Craftsman Style" 27th Annual Homes Tour in coordination with the Harry Ransom Center exhibition The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America going on now. Austin, TX. https://www.preservationaustin.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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