The 18th Annual Twin Cities Arts & Crafts 20th Century Design Show and Sale is back — and better than ever! For the last eighteen years autumn’s approach has signaled the annual gathering of Arts and Crafts enthusiasts in and around the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. For nearly two decades attendees and exhibitors have ardently supported the Twin Cities Show, helping it grow into the largest and longest running event in the Midwest dedicated to the furniture and accessories of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. Fall’s imminent arrival reminds us that this year’s show will be here …
As you may recall from an earlier column, I have been building a garden shed for Leigh Ann on a small knoll behind our house. As Thoreau would have said, it’s a simple structure, just 8-feet wide and 12-feet long with 7-foot tall walls and an A-frame shingled roof. Leigh Ann picked the location and determined the size, but since then her greatest challenge has been reining me in. She vetoed my suggestion to lay tile over the plywood floor, but did let me install four skylights. She initially pushed back on my suggestion to run electricity to the garden …
Several months ago I wrote a column on the various types of decking boards and my opinion of a few of them. This past week I built a 6′ x 8′ deck in front of our new garden shed, which led to me power-washing it, then to power-washing two of our other decks, which led me to again feel the desire to express my opinions on decking materials. My first negative experience came years ago when I let the crew at a major home improvement store pick out and deliver to me a large number of 5/4″ x 6″ pressure-treated …
Frank Lloyd Wright: Unpacking the Archive. MoMA, New York City. Through October 1. www.moma.org
Wright’s Larkin Exhibit: Arts and Crafts in Industry. University of Buffalo, Buffalo. Through October 29. art.buffalo.edu/wrightlarkinexhibition/
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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