by Kate Nixon The city of Asheville has always contained an Arts and Crafts legacy as the location of the historic Grove Park Inn and its surrounding neighborhoods which hold their own Arts and Crafts magic. Asheville’s own Preservation Society and Asheville home owners have helped to keep the legacy in tact by tactics of restoration and preservation of the houses’ historical significance to the area. In February 2020, attendees and collectors coming to the conference can experience that Arts and Crafts restored magic in a special tour. The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County is pleased to …
When I was a high school English teacher back in Illinois, I spent more of my free periods in the woodshop with a table saw than in the library with William Wordsworth. My principal, in fact, once suggested that perhaps I should reconsider my career choice. Five years later, I opened Knock On Wood Antique Repair & Restoration, which was a combination refinishing and woodworking business. I had one employee. Ironically, seven years later, he also suggested that I should reconsider my career choice, as I was spending more time writing than tending to business. He gave me an …
by Kate Nixon The annual poster for the National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn has become a collectible for fans of the annual event in February as well as collectors of the Arts and Crafts era from all over the country. Conference attendees annually receive a poster at check-in, advertising the following year’s conference but almost always featuring an interpretation of the iconic and historic original main inn of the Grove Park Inn, easily identified by the rocky exterior and the rust red roof. Keith Rust of Keith Rust Illustration, the artist for the …
November 29th through December 31st - Holiday Decorations in the Stickley Museum Log House and museum's Crafts-mas Shop. See period Arts and Crafts style holiday decorations in the Log House and shop the Crafts-mas Shop Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4:00 pm. Visit www.stickleymuseum.org for more information.
December 1st - January 6th - Holidays Tours at Riordan Mansion, Flagstaff. Available Thursdays through Mondays with tours on the hour from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Reservations are recommended. For more information, please visit the Riordan Mansion's website at https://azstateparks.com/riordan-mansion/
December 5th - Holiday Happy Hours at the Copper Shop, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Holiday theme: Santa Claus is Coming to Town. For more information, visit the Roycroft Campus's website at https://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/
December 6th - VIP Crafts-mas Shopping Night at Craftsman Farms, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm The Crafts-mas Shop doors will stay open late during this special “shopportunity.” Visit www.stickleymuseum.org for more information.
December 7th - Hillside Club Member's Art Show. Show and Sale. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Hillside Club. 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA. For more information, hillsideclub.org
December 7th - Crafts-mas Open House at Craftsman Farms. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Slow down and treat yourself to the sights, sounds and smells of the season at our annual Open House.Visit www.stickleymuseum.org for more information.
December 7th - Holiday Open House at Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio. Oak Park, IL. Presented by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, a free tour is offered of Frank Lloyd Wright's home, decked for the holidays. If interested, please register at https://flwright.org/programs/homefortheholidays
December 7th - Children's Gingerbread House Decorating Party at the Glessner House. Be Your Own Architect! ?Come create a holiday masterpiece at Glessner House’s third annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party!? For more information, go to https://www.glessnerhouse.org/programs/childrens-gingerbread-house-decorating-party.
December 7th and 8th: Roycroft Campus Holiday Show! local artists and vendors and activities for the whole family. Fresh-made kettle corn, food trucks. For more information, visit the Roycroft Campus's website at https://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/
December 7th and 8th: The Roycroft Winter Festival, hosted by the Roycrofters-At-Large Association, will start at 10am and run until 5pm at East Aurora Middle School, across the street from the Roycroft Campus. For more information on the Winter Festival, visit the Roycrofters-At-Large Association website at https://www.ralaweb.com/
December 8th - Father Christmas Visits Pleasant Home. Victorian Father Christmas will be at Pleasant Home from 2:00pm to 5:30pm to greet children. Registration is through the Parks District of Oak Park, IL and can be found here.
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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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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