The 31st National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC February 16 - 18, 2018
"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.
And if you have an idea or suggestion for a Small Group Discussion, please email Bruce at Bruce1915@gmail.com.
To give you an idea of what the Small Group Discussions are like, here are the topics from the past from the past 2017 National Arts & Crafts Conference!
We will be updating the topics and leaders for 2018 shortly!
2017: Friday 11:00am - Noon
Help For New Art Pottery Collectors Don Gill & Patti Bourgeois, AAPA.
Arts & Crafts Art: Color Woodblocks and More with Steve Thomas.
How to Identify & Care for Your Arts & Crafts Furniture with N. Gordon Gray.
What Is It? - Your Unmarked Mystery Pieces with David Rudd.
"So, What Makes it Arts & Crafts?" with Andre' Chaves and Dianne Ayres.
Advice for New Furniture Collectors with Ralph Milner and Rick Taylor.
Arts and Crafts: 1920-1940 with Mary McWilliams.
2017: Saturday 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Anything Roycroft with David Kornacki
2017: Saturday 2:30 - 3:30
Early Newcomb Pottery In Mr. Stickley's Home with Marilee Meyer and Adrienne Spinozzi.
2017: Saturday 4:30 - 5:30pm
Starting an Arts and Crafts Society with Vonda Givens.
Problems - and Solutions - In Restoring Your Old House with Gary Haynes & Jim McCord.
Furniture.101 - A Walking Tour of the Grove Park Inn’s Collection with Jill Thomas-Clark.
The Arts & Crafts Philosophy: Enduring Ideas? with Pat Bartinique.
Arts & Crafts Copper At the John C. Campbell Folk School with Robert Trout and Mike Houser.
The Many Faces of Arts & Crafts Textiles with Paul Freeman.
Gustav's Syracuse Home: Research & Restoration at the Stickley House with Beth Crawford.
2017: Sunday 12:30 - 1:30pm
Remuddling, Remodeling or Restoration? with Norman Blankenship.
The Homeowner and the Artisan: Contracts, Legalities & More with Don Hafner, AIA.
Native Plants and the Arts and Crafts Landscape with Ralph Milner and Rick Taylor.
Living the Arts and Crafts Lifestyle with Paul Freeman.
Arts & Crafts Women: Who Comes To Mind? with Pat Bartinique.
A Discussion with Documentary Filmmaker Herb Stratford, "Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman."
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