Free Activities during Arts & Crafts In August and Elsewhere

by Kate Nixon


While the final schedule of the online Arts & Crafts In August conference, containing live Zoom discussion groups, seminars, and demonstrations, has been released for paid registrants, there are a number of activities that are free to members of the general public during next week’s schedule.


Shop the Arts & Crafts In August shows

Since the online Arts & Crafts In August shows started in 2021 due to the social distancing restrictions, the decision was made to continue the August online shows at least for this year. Next week’s online shows promise not only a searchable show, but more interactivity than ever before. This year’s online shows will be set up with “online exhibitor booths” complete with easy contact information for each exhibitor, but an online showcase proudly displaying a number of highlighted items for sale and in some cases, a media gallery with videos and brochures for customers to download free.

Here are a list of exhibitors who will be able to provide for you next week:

Antiques online exhibitors: Steven Thomas, Inc., David Surgan, PatsPots, Hammered & Hewn, Japanese Woodblock Prints Gallery, Kindred Styles Antiques, Bolling & Co., Just Art Pottery, Christine L. Boone Antiques, Dalton’s American Decorative Arts, Drucker Antiques, Phil Taylor Antiques, Isak Lindenauer, Antique Articles, Roger Riley Antiques, Oberkirsch Designs, JMW Gallery, Arts & Crafts Period Textiles, Barbara Gerr Antiques, Stickley Copper, Carol Eppel Antiques, and Keith Redman.


Contemporary Craftsfirms online exhibitors:

Prints and Artwork: Laura Wilder Artwork LLC, The Bungalow Craft by Julie Leidel, Studio Ibis, and The Arts & Crafts Press by Yoshiko Yamamoto.

Pottery and ceramics: Clark House Pottery, Terra Firma Handmade Arts & Crafts Tile, Motawi Tileworks, Hog Hill Pottery, Turtle Island Pottery, and Katrich Studios.

Books: Parchment Press and Turn of the Century Editions

Stained Glass: Brian McNally, Glass Artist

Rugs and floorcloths: Ariel Grace Designs

Metalwork: Susan Hebert Imports/Cobre Copper


Included in the shows are the Historic Sites and Organizations show, showing profiles of historic sites and organizations from around the country. The online exhibitors are:

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, The Gustav Stickley House Foundation, The Museum of the American Arts & Crafts Movement, The Gamble House Bookstore, The Glessner House, Save Our Heritage Organisation, Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, and The Stickley Museum in Fayetteville, NY.


All online shows are free to access and do not require registration. Starting August 1st at 12:00 PM EST, online customers can enter the shows from the homepage.




Free discussion sessions:

Tuesday, August 2nd at 11:00 AM:  Coffee with a Craftsman: Brian Brace of Brian Brace Fine Furniture (via his Facebook page)

Brian Brace returns Tuesday at 11:00 AM EST to describe in detail a recent custom made project. In this morning session free to everyone via his Facebook page, the craftsman, who recently celebrated 28 years of making furniture, will go over step by step his process for creating his custom-made furniture. He will be able to answer questions via Facebook if they are typed in the comment section.


Sunday, August 7th at 1:00 PM EST: “A Panel Discussion on Historic Preservation” via Zoom

The last Zoom discussion session offered as part of the Arts & Crafts In August online conference will be free for the general public to attend; the session is offered up free as part of the conference’s commitment to provide educational resources and connections to others in the community in the field of historic preservation, a field needing advocates and grassroots supporters to save historic sites and effect change at the local and federal levels.

The panelists for this special session include Alexandra Rasic, Executive Director of the Gamble House; David Rudd, President of the Gustav Stickley House Foundation; Amy Shook-Perez, Secretary of the Gustav Stickley House Foundation, Erica LeClaire of the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County and a few special guests poised to talk about the issues affecting historic sites and organizations, what we’ve done in the past few years (pre- and during the pandemic years), and what lies ahead in 2023 and beyond.

You can register to view the Zoom panel discussion here for free!


For more information on registering for the Arts and Crafts in August online conference or for more information, please visit the National Arts and Crafts Conference website at


Free exhibitions

Circa 1917: Rediscovering Craftsman Farms hosted by the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms.

Published in 2021, this interactive exhibition shows the history of Parsippany Falls’s own Craftsman Farms and showing the full property as it was envisioned as a family home and Arts & Crafts utopia, built and its current version that stands today. Showing interactive maps, slideshows, and historic documentation, this comprehensive presentation created by Stickley Museum director of Collections Jonathan Clancy is not to be missed by the true students and supporters of the Gustav Stickley legacy.

Click here to view Circa 1917: Rediscovering Craftsman Farms 


Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Virtual Tours

Click here to view the virtual tours.


Check out nearby historic sites near you with

Click on this interactive map to see historic sites from all across the country!