Last fall, the Roycroft Campus Corporation examined four of the giants of the Arts & Crafts movement: John Ruskin, William Morris, Gustav Stickley and Elbert Hubbard II. This semester’s program will take an in-depth look at the life of Elbert Hubbard, the man who built the Roycroft campus into one of the longest lasting Arts and Crafts communities. Four examinations will include Elbert Hubbard’s time growing up in the Midwest, his work at the Larkin Soap Company in Buffalo, and the formation of the Roycroft campus in East Aurora. We will look at the people and ideas …
When Kate and I decided that in place of a three-day live 34th National Arts and Crafts Conference at the 1913 Omni Grove Park Inn we would organize and host a 28-day Arts and Crafts Month, I had no idea how people would respond. I literally laid awake nights wondering what I would say to a Small Group Discussion leader if we opened the Zoom meeting and no one was there. Turns out, I could have gotten some more sleep. Small Group Discussion at the National Arts and Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North …
There is a great deal of information which can be gleamed from any auction, even if you are not there in person. The upcoming March 14 Fine Art and Furniture auction at Toomey & Co. offers a perfect example of how a collector can learn to distinguish Best from Better, and Better from just Good simply by studying the online auction catalog. From left to right: Lot 120 and lot 121 Take, for instance, two L. & J.G. Stickley Morris chairs offered for sale. Lot 121 is a large, beefy form, pleasing in proportions and loaded with …
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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