The 33rd National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC February 21 - 23, 2020
"The most important weekend of the year for Arts & Crafts collectors." - The New York Times
Daily Small Group Discussions
Photo by Ray Stubblebine
Among the most popular events during the National Arts & Crafts Conference are the daily Small Group Discussions. Intended to give you the opportunity to sit down for an hour with other collectors, homeowners and enthusiasts who share your passion and your interests, these sessions can enable you to establish a network of Arts & Crafts friends and resources who will remain with you for years to come.
Each session is led by a volunteer, often one of our antiques dealers, craftspersons or a collector, who has a special interest or background in the topic. The volunteers are not asked to make seminar presentations or slide shows, but instead, are there to get the discussion started and to keep it moving forward. Often they bring examples and are always excited when you bring either a photograph or an actual item with you to their discussion group.
No advance registration is required for any of these Small Group Discussions, but we purposely schedule them in small meeting rooms so that the group typically consists of fifteen to twenty-five people -- an ideal number for a lively discussion. These sessions fill up quickly and most times are 'Standing Room Only' so plan your day accordingly and leave yourself plenty of time to arrive at each discussion. The final list of Small Group Discussions will be published in the Conference Catalog, but we will continue to update the list below as we confirm titles with each of the volunteer leaders.
Friday, February 15th at 11:00 AM - Noon
Art Pottery: How Do I Get Started?with Christine Boone and Patti Bourgeois of the AAPA
Fakes, Forgeries, & Repairs: How Do I Spot Them? with N. Gordon Gray
What’s the “Art” in Arts & Crafts? with Steve Thomas
Kalo and More: What Should I Know About Collecting Silver? with John Walcher and Michael Hingston
The Arts & Crafts Movement: What Movement? with Andre Chaves and Dianne Ayres
The Online Marketplace: What’s Your Experience? with Michael Lehr
Saturday, February 16th at 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Is that a Craftsman House? with Ray Stubblebine
The Arts & Crafts Movement: Philosophy or Propaganda? with Pat Bartinique
Collecting Roycroft with David Kornacki
Why Does the Arts & Crafts Movement Need John Ruskin? A Follow Up to James Spates’ seminar on John Ruskin
Arts & Crafts Textiles: Is Using Them Abusing Them? with Paul Freeman
Your Historic House: Do You Need an Architect? with Randy Crawford and Will Evans
Sunday, February 17th at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Remuddling, Remodeling or Restoration? with Norman Blankenship
Native Plants and the Arts and Crafts Landscape with Rick Taylor
The Arts and Crafts Time Period: What Were People Reading? with Pat Bartinique
Problems – and Solutions – In Restoring Your Old House – with Gary Haynes & Jim McCord
Gustav’s Later Furniture: How Does it Rate? A Follow Up to Stewart Crick’s seminar on Gustav Stickley
Should I Insure My Collection? If So, How Do I Do That? with Michael McCracken
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