by Kate Nixon The Virtual Craftsman Gala Breaks a New Record This weekend, supporters of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms were treated to a variety of virtual events during the first ever online Craftsman Gala. Including live music, crafting sessions, a silent auction, showings of works from the museum’s collections, and the evening’s highlight: the grand opening of the new Education Center, the first-ever virtual Craftsman Gala was a unique and special experience for all involved and necessary to carry out the museum’s most important fundraiser of the year. According to the museum’s executive director Vonda Givens, …
When you have fifteen acres of farmland in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it means you have trees. Lots of them. I grew up in Illinois where we had six trees in our yard, every one of which we climbed, tried to build tree houses in, mowed around, and raked leaves under. Each was as familiar to me as my grade school buddies. But when you live among hundreds of trees, you soon learn that not every one is perfect. Some were planted by squirrels, generally in less than ideal spots. Others sprouted naturally, but …
by Kate Nixon Decorative Arts Auction from Treadway Gallery, Sunday Oct. 25th Last Sunday’s Decorative Arts Auction from Treadway Gallery offered American and European objects from a number of collections. Arts and crafts lighting featured an impressive Dirk van Erp lamp along with several Handel lamps, objects include several enameled pieces of American and English origin, ceramics including George Ohr, Rookwood, Marblehead, S E G, Newcomb is combined with modern examples by Natzler, Cabat, Gambone, Doyle Lane, Marija Grotell and Scandinavian pottery. Modern furnishings include a cabinet by George Nakashima, examples by Val Bertoia and a dining set exhibited …
October 3rd, 2020 - The Craftsman: The Life and Work of Gustav Stickley “There is Properly No History; Only Biography”: The Life and Work of Gustav Stickley Online class. The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. To register, please visit https://www.stickleymuseum.org/learn/programs-for-adults/
October 3rd - 31st, 2020 - Ruskin, Roycroft, and the Arts and Crafts Conference. Announcing the collaboration between The Roycroft Campus, The Ruskin Society of North America, and The Guild of St. George in creating an international virtual Conference to tell the story of Ruskin and Hubbard in the establishment of the world-wide Arts and Crafts Movement. For more information, visit https://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/ruskin-roycroft-conference/
October 9th - 12th, 2020 - The Antiques Dealers Association / Historic Deerfield Online Antiques Show. Free to the public! Expect to find more than 1,000 objects representing the best in American (and some European) antiques, fine art, folk art, Americana, Native American, and other decorative arts. Hosted over Columbus Day weekend, the online show opens October 9 at 10 am and continues through October 12 at 10 pm EST. For more information, please visit https://adadealers.com/html/online_show.php
October 10th, 2020 - The Craftsman: The Life and Work of Gustav Stickley “Devoted to the New Domestic Art”: Craftsman Homes and the Birth of Stickley’s Empire. Online class. The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. To register, please visit https://www.stickleymuseum.org/learn/programs-for-adults/
October 17th, 2020 - The Craftsman: The Life and Work of Gustav Stickley “The Cultivation of Human Sympathy”: Stickley’s Early Factory and the Ideal Workshop. Online class. The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. To register, please visit https://www.stickleymuseum.org/learn/programs-for-adults/
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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