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 …
After thirty years, who would have thought we could have set yet another attendance record? Especially in an era when antiques shows are struggling to stay alive. As I mentioned several times this past year, I was worried that after our record-breaking 30th year celebration we would see attendance decline this week. Fifteen minutes after the doors opened yesterday afternoon, the line of people was still streaming into the Grand Ballroom — and I knew we were on track for a yet another record. And five hours later the red SOLD signs were sprouting like tulips. A reporter pulled me …
For many of us our first experience as a collector may have been at a local yard sale, craft fair or elbow-punching flea market, but attending a major show requires an awareness of the value of the pieces on display, as well as a sensitivity to the risk every exhibitor endures. Long before the show doors open, every exhibitor, from antiques dealer to contemporary artisan, has spent weeks planning, preparing, packing, transporting and displaying their merchandise, and it is only polite for us to recognize that. Here, then, are some guidelines for every collector to follow: Do not open any …
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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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