Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times: Construction of the $70 million Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement in downtown St. Petersburg (FL) is about to start. Work was expected to start in January, but the permits were not ready until Monday, according to the city’s construction services and permitting office. “Mobilization has begun,” said Rudy Ciccarello, the businessman and collector who is spearheading the project at Fourth Avenue N, between Third and Fourth streets. In an email to the Tampa Bay Times, the museum’s founder said construction is expected to take 24 to 26 months. In November, the …
You would think that with a week which began in Palm Springs, California, at my brother-in-law’s wedding and ended with my first 400-meter race of the 2017 Senior Games track season, I would have enough stories to fill an entire website, but that seems not to be the case. At least not with stories that I should tell…. The outdoor wedding was great fun, especially when my brother-in-law’s cell phone went off in his back pocket just as the minister was leading them into their vows. The audience of fifty-some people broke out laughing, including Iris, who nevertheless elected to …
The answer is paste wax. If you want to know why, please read on. First, paste wax should not be confused with beeswax, liquid wax or any wax variation which you squirt or pour onto the wood, for those products have been diluted with mineral spirits to make them easier to apply – but faster to wear off. Only buy quality paste wax manufactured by well-known firms, such as Minwax, Johnson & Johnson, and Butcher’s. Unlike most furniture polishes, paste wax dries and hardens, leaving an egg-shell thin layer of protective finish on top of the wood or finish. In …
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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