National Arts and Crafts Conference Schedule

Since this week marks the 31st National Arts and Crafts Conference and Shows at the Grove Park Inn overlooking Asheville, NC, it seems appropriate to list here the schedule of the conference events. If you are interested in attending the Conference Events, call (828) 628-1915 on Monday or Tuesday of this week. Starting Wednesday, call the Omni Grove Park Inn at (828) 252-2711 and ask for the Arts and Crafts Registration Desk.

If you want to just shop the booths of 115 exhibitors — antiques dealers, contemporary craftsfirms, book sellers, non-profit organizations, and magazines — no need to call. Simply come to the Omni Grove Park Inn and pay $10 at the door. Outdoor parking is free and your ticket is good for all three days.

Here, then, is what we will be doing:


8:00am                        Exhibitor Setup Begins.

9:00am                        Attendee Registration Desk Opens.

2:00-5:00                     Hands-On Workshops.

6:30pm                        Craftsman Farms Kick-Off Party.

7:00pm                        Exhibitor Setup Session Ends. Resumes Friday 8:00am-1:00pm.


8:00-11:00am             Hands-On Workshops.

9:00-3:00pm               G.P.I. Walking Tours.

10:00-11:00                 Biltmore Industries Tour.

11:00-12:00                 Small Group Discussions: Session 1.

1:00-6:00                     Antiques, Contemporary Craftsfirms, and Books, Magazines & More Shows Open.

1:00-6:00                     Artisan  Demonstrations.

1:00-6:00                     Benefit Silent Auction.

4:30-5:30                     Book Club – To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.

6:30-8:00                     Social Hour in Presidents Lounge.

8:00pm                        Opening Remarks by Bruce Johnson.

8:15pm                        Seminar – The Two Robineaus:  Partners in Porcelain by Dr. Martin Eidelberg.

9:00pm                        Seminar – Beauty, Heart and Spirit: The Impossible Dream of Edward Curtis by Christopher Cardozo.


6:30-10:00                   Continental Breakfast: Presidents Lounge. (Sammons Wing)

9:00am                        Seminar – The Women Behind Gustav Stickley by Heather Stivison.

10:00am                      Delicacy and Force:  The Metalwork of Jessie Preston by Brandy Culp.

Noon-6:00                  All three shows re-open.

Noon-6:00                   Artisan Demonstrations.

Noon-6:00                   Benefit Silent Auction: Final Session.

1:00-4:00                     Preservation Society Tour.

3:00-4:00                     Book Club – Sisters:  Lives of the American Suffragists.

3:00-4:00                     Biltmore Industries Tour.

4:30-5:30                     Small Group Discussions: Session 2.

5:00-7:00                     Art Museum Reception.

6:30-8:00                     Social Hour in Presidents Lounge.

8:00-10:00                   Movie – Iron Jawed Angels.


6:30-10:00                   Continental Breakfast: Presidents Lounge. (Sammons)

9:00-9:50                     Seminar – The Unsung Women of Roycroft by Linda Ulrich-Hagner.

10:00-10:50                 Seminar – Mackintosh’s Scotland: An Arts and Crafts Journey by Brian Coleman.

11:00-4:00                   All three shows re-open.

11:00-2:00                   Silent Auction Winning Bidder Pick-Up.

11:00-3:00                   Artisan Demonstrations.

12:30-1:30                   Small Group Discussions: Session 3.

12:30-3:30                   Preservation Society Tour.

1:00-2:00                     Biltmore Industries Tour.

4:00pm                        Conference Closes.

Hope to see you there!