From Coast to Coast

After a hot, dry summer, with any luck September soon will be bringing us cooler temperatures and some replenishing showers.

What we don’t need luck to know, however, is that September means making plans for three upcoming Arts and Crafts events.

At the top of the list is the 17th annual Twin Cities Twentieth Century Design Show and Sale. Billed as the “largest Arts and Crafts show in the Midwest,” this coming weekend’s two-day show is again expected to draw dealers, craftsfirms and collectors from several states. Organizers Brian Smith and Cam Quintal have continued to work to improve their show each year. Recognizing an increased level of interest in mid-century modern in Minneapolis and St. Paul, they earlier expanded the scope of their show to include works produced in the decades immediately following the Arts and Crafts era.

This year they have again added a new element to next weekend’s show by bringing in Antiques Roadshow expert David Rago, who will conduct an appraisal clinic to support local charities. For more information on the September 24-25 Twin Cities’ Show, just go to

On the East Coast, the staff at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms are continuing to take reservations for their Head, Heart and Hand Gala to be held on October 15-16. On that Saturday morning attendees will gather at Gustav Stickley’s 1909 Craftsman Farms for the 6th Annual Scholars Symposium, followed by lunch afterwards with the seminar presenters. That evening the Head, Heart and Hand Gala will take place at the nearby Knoll East Country Club, where attendees will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner, live entertainment, and both silent and live auctions.

More information on the October 15-16 gala, the Farms, and the current Newcomb College Pottery exhibit is available at

And on the West Coast, the 18th annual Initiatives in Art & Culture Conference revisits Pasadena, and some of the most important domestic architecture of the region. This four-day conference takes place this Thursday through Sunday (September 22-25) and will highlight the work of Greene and Greene while discussing other regional highlights of the Arts & Crafts movement in Pasadena through various speakers and presentations. For more information, please go to [email protected].

All in all, three great ways to start the fall Arts and Crafts season.

Until next Monday,

“The more you look, the more you find.”