Schedule of Events

Like our traditional annual conferences at the Omni Grove Park Inn Resort, we are carefully considering all of your suggestions as we make our decisions regarding seminar topics and speakers, small group discussions, demonstrations, tours, and live chats for our August event. As each decision is made, we will include updated information here, so please check back often. We always appreciate your input, so please reach out to us with any suggestions you have.

Any events which have been recorded or will be recorded as they happen will be available at our Video On Demand for registered participants through August 15. Our Video On Demand feature will also include all recorded events from last February’s virtual 34th National Arts and Crafts Conference in case you needed to catch

To register for Arts & Crafts in August, please click here.

Please Note:  All registered participants will also be able to watch recordings of any of the 21 seminars, 30 small group discussions, and numerous tours, chats, and demonstrations from the virtual 34th National Arts and Crafts Conference held this past February. The Video On Demand feature at this website will remain available to you through Sunday, August 22.

Sunday, August 1st

Antique Show, Contemporary Craftsfirms Show and Historic Sites/Organization Show open at 12:00 PM Eastern

3:00 PM Eastern: Live Small Group Discussion

“Exploring Great Britain: My Favorite Places” with Elaine Ellis of Arts & Crafts Tours

Pre-Recorded Seminars and Tours:

Seminar –  “1901:  The Year That Set the Arts and Crafts Movement in Motion” by Bruce Johnson (first presented at the 2014 GPI Conference).

Tour – “Behind the Scenes at the Gamble House” with Ted Bosley

Monday, August 2nd

Exhibitor Shows open 24 hours

1:00 PM Eastern: Live Small Group Discussion

“My Favorite Arts and Crafts Reference Books” with Peter Copeland of Turn of the Century Editions and The Parchment Press

3:00 PM Eastern: Live Small Group Discussion

“Elements of Design: Identifying Arts and Crafts Furniture Without a Shopmark” with David Rudd

Additional Events: Coming Soon!

Tuesday, August 3rd

Exhibitor Shows open 24 hours

1:00 PM Eastern: Live Small Group Discussion

“Collecting American Art Pottery”

with Jim Messineo, JMW Gallery

3:00 PM Eastern:

 

 

 

 

A Live Artist Chat: Virtual Art Studio Tour, Art Techniques & Process

with Julie Leidel of the Bungalow Craft

Pre-Recorded Seminars and Tours:

Seminar  – “Crossing the Line: When Art Pottery Becomes Arts and Crafts Pottery” by Ulysses Dietz (first presented at the 2014 GPI Conference).

Additional Events: Coming Soon!

Wednesday, August 4th

Exhibitor Shows open 24 hours

1:00 PM Eastern: Live Small Group Discussion

“Historic Sites Updates:  Craftsman Farms and the Gustav Stickley House in Syracuse” with staff members from each foundation.

Additional Events: Coming Soon!

Thursday, August 5th

Exhibitor Shows open 24 hours

1:00 PM Eastern: Live Small Group Discussion

“Collecting Rookwood”

with Riley Humler, Director of Ceramics of Toomey & Co Auctioneers

Pre-Recorded Seminars and Tours

Seminar — “Not a Bulb Will Be Seen:  The Evolution of Arts and Crafts Lighting” by David Kornacki (first presented at the 2014 GPI Conference).

Additional Events: Coming Soon!

Friday, August 6th

Exhibitor Shows open 24 hours

 

1:00 PM Eastern: Live Small Group Discussion

“Shopping for Arts & Crafts Wallpaper, 1907-1910”

with Bo Sullivan

Additional Events: Coming Soon!

Saturday, August 7th

Exhibitor Shows open 24 hours

 

1:00 PM Eastern: Live Small Group Discussion

Topic coming soon!

Pre-Recorded Seminars and Tours

The Canyon Road, 1920

Seminar – “Francis Gearhart:  Sister, Teacher, Artist” by Susan Futterman (first presented at the 2011 GPI Conference).

Additional Events: Coming Soon!

Sunday, August 8th

Exhibitor Shows open 24 hours

 

1:00 PM Eastern: Live Small Group Discussion

Topic coming soon!

Additional Events: Coming Soon!

Access to the Shows and the Participant Pass features will be left open for another week through August 15th.

Sunday, August 15th

Exhibitor Shows Will Close at 11:59pm.

Sunday, August 22nd

Access to Participant Pass features close at 11:59 pm.

Tentative Schedule for the 35th National Arts and Crafts Conference

The following is a tentative schedule for our 35th National Arts and Crafts Conference & Shows at the Grove Park Inn in February of 2022. We will update this schedule once we have confirmation from the Grove Park Inn.

Wednesday, February 16th, 2022

Pipe & Drape and Table Setup

8:00am – 8:00pm

This is an early arrival day for many of the exhibitors and attendees. If you have never had the opportunity to explore funky downtown Asheville, tour the famous 1895 Biltmore House and Estate, taste our award-winning craft breweries, drive the winding Blue Ridge Parkway, walk our Arts and Crafts neighborhoods, or soak in the world-class Omni Grove Park Inn Spa, you should consider coming early and making this a real vacation.

The Omni Grove Park Inn is again extending a special Arts and Crafts Conference discounted rate of _______ for unlimited nights before and after the Friday and Saturday nights Weekend Conference Package, so take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to stay at the country’s most famous Arts and Crafts resort hotel. See our Lodging page for details.

Thursday, February 17th

Exhibitor First Setup Session

8:00am – 7:00pm

With more than 115 exhibitors — including antiques dealers, contemporary craftsfirms, magazines, non-profits, historic sites, and book publishers — it takes nearly two days to get every truck and van unloaded and every booth filled to the brim with the best the Arts and Crafts movement has to offer. But by 1:00pm on Friday, they will all be ready for you.

**Pre-Conference Workshops

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Each year we offer a series of hands-on workshops for those of you who have arrived early. These are limited in size and the classes fill up quickly.

There will be at least three workshops to choose from on site. All workshops and instructors have yet to be determined as of March 2021.

**Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms Kick-Off Party

Details to be determined

Friday, February 18th

Exhibitor Final Setup Session

8:00am – 1:00pm

While you are enjoying breakfast, attending a hands-on workshop, exploring Asheville, or sitting in on a Small Group Discussion, our exhibitors will be putting the finishing touches on their booths in anticipation of the 1:00pm opening.

**Pre-Conference Workshops session #2

8:00am – 11:00am

Each year we offer a series of hands-on workshops for those of you who have arrived early. These are limited in size and the classes fill up quickly.

There will be at least three workshops to choose from on site. All workshops and instructors have yet to be determined as of March 2021.

Walking Tours of the Historic Grove Park Inn

Hourly Friday:   9:00am – 4:00pm

Join a GPI historian for an informative 45-minute walking tour that will take you to places you might not have found on your own, and will provide you with fascintaing stories about the famous — and infamous — guests, from Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald to presidents from FDR to Obama. A tour not to be missed!

Walking Tours of the Historic Biltmore Industries

Friday  10:00 – 11:00am 

(Repeats on Saturday and Sunday.)

No, not the 1895 Biltmore House, but the 1905 Biltmore Industries, which George and Edith Vanderbilt supported. Founded in 1905, Biltmore Industries was one of the longest lasting Arts and Crafts cottage industries, making and carving furniture, bowls, bookends, trays, picture frames, and much more. In 1917 the workshops were moved onto the grounds of the Grove Park Inn, where the Arts and Crafts buildings have been restored as a museum, gallery, cafe, and artisan studios. Step back in time on one of these daily one-hour tours.

Small Group Discussions: Session #1

Friday  11:00am – Noon

One of the most popular aspects of the conference are our daily Small Group Discussions. Here you will have a chance to select a topic to sit down and discuss with other attendees. No advance registration is necessary. These discussions are lead by volunteer attendees. The final list for each day is still being compiled, so if you have a suggestion, please send us an email.

All Three Selling Shows Open Onsite

Friday  1:00 – 6:00pm

This will be your first opportunity to see and add to your collection some of the finest antiques and new works in the Arts and Crafts style. Our exhibitors save their best pieces for this weekend, so take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity. A complete list of exhibitors is included here.

Silent Auction:  First Session

Friday  1:00 – 6:00pm

Known as the largest and finest Arts and Crafts silent auction, this two-day event serves as a fund-raiser for the non-profit Arts and Crafts Research Fund. Have something to donate for a tax deduction? Contact us using the form below.

Arts and Crafts Demonstrations

2:00 – 6:00pm

(Repeat on Saturday and Sunday.)

To be determined…check back for more information

Arts and Crafts Book Club Discussion

Friday  4:30pm – 5:30pm

Each year, perfect attendee and college professor Pat Bartinique selects books to be discussed during the Conference. We’re in the process of choosing next year’s books.  Check back later to see what her selections will be for 2022.

FRIDAY SEMINARS

OPENING NIGHT

Friday  8:00 – 8:15pm:  Opening Remarks by Bruce Johnson

Seminar #1 8:15 – 9:00pm – To Be Determined

Seminar #2 9:10 – 10pm – To Be Determined

Saturday, February 19th

SATURDAY SEMINARS

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Seminar #3     9:00am – 10:00am – To Be Determined

Seminar #4      10:00am – 11:00am – To Be Determined

Arts and Crafts Demonstrations

Saturday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
(Repeat on Sunday.)

To be determined…check back for more information

Historic House Tour

A Fundraiser for the Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County

Saturday  1:00 – 5:00pm

(Repeats on Sunday.)

Our itinerary has not yet been finalized, but rest assured the Preservation Society tour guides, both on the bus and in each stop, will provide you with insight into Asheville’s history, much of it during the Arts and Crafts era. These tours are always popular, as Asheville has become as well-known as the Grove Park Inn. Stay tuned for more info soon!

Silent Auction:  Second and Final Session

Saturday  12:00pm – 6:00pm

Known as the largest and finest Arts and Crafts silent auction, this two-day event serves as a fund-raiser for the non-profit Arts and Crafts Research Fund. Have something to donate for a tax deduction? Contact us using the form below.

Walking Tours of the Historic Biltmore Industries

Saturday  3:00pm – 4:00pm 

(Repeats Sunday.)

No, not the 1895 Biltmore House, but the 1905 Biltmore Industries on the grounds of the Grove Park Inn, which George and Edith Vanderbilt supported. Founded in 1905, Biltmore Industries was one of the longest lasting Arts and Crafts cottage industries, making and carving furniture, bowls, bookends, trays, picture frames, and much more. In 1917 the workshops were moved onto the grounds of the Grove Park Inn, where the Arts and Crafts buildings have been restored as a museum, gallery, cafe, and artisan studios. Step back in time on one of these daily one-hour tours.

Arts and Crafts Book Club Discussion

Saturday  3:00pm – 4:00pm

Each year, perfect attendee and college professor Pat Bartinique selects books to be discussed during the Conference. We’re in the process of choosing next year’s books.  Check back later to see what her selections will be for 2022.

Small Group Discussions: Session #2

Saturday  4:30pm – 5:30pm

One of the most popular aspects of the conference are our daily Small Group Discussions. Here you will have a chance to select a topic to sit down and discuss with other attendees. No advance registration is necessary. These discussions are lead by volunteer attendees. The final list for each day is still being compiled, so if you have a suggestion, please send us an email.

**Asheville Art Museum Reception

Time to be determined

More information to appear here soon

**Saturday Night Event

8:00pm – 9:30pm

More information to appear here soon

Sunday, February 20th

SUNDAY SEMINARS

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Seminar #5     9:00am – 10:00am – To Be Determined

Seminar #6      10:00am – 11:00am – To Be Determined

All Three Selling Shows Open For Final Day

Sunday  11:00om – 4:00pm

Our annual Arts & Crafts Shows will have its final day on Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Once again, don’t miss this opportunity to see and add to your collection some of the finest antiques and new works in the Arts and Crafts style. Our exhibitors save their best pieces for this weekend, so take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity.

Arts and Crafts Demonstrations

Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm

To be determined…check back for more information

Small Group Discussions: Session #3

Sunday  12:30pm – 1:30pm

One of the most popular aspects of the conference are our daily Small Group Discussions. Here you will have a chance to select a topic to sit down and discuss with other attendees. No advance registration is necessary. These discussions are lead by volunteer attendees. The final list for each day is still being compiled, so if you have a suggestion, please send us an email.

Historic House Tour

A Fundraiser for the Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County

Sunday  12:30 – 4:30pm

Our itinerary has not yet been finalized, but rest assured the Preservation Society tour guides, both on the bus and in each stop, will provide you with insight into Asheville’s history, much of it during the Arts and Crafts era. These tours are always popular, as Asheville has become as well-known as the Grove Park Inn. Stay tuned for more info soon!

Walking Tours of the Historic Biltmore Industries

Sunday  1:00pm – 2:00pm 


No, not the 1895 Biltmore House, but the 1905 Biltmore Industries on the grounds of the Grove Park Inn, which George and Edith Vanderbilt supported. Founded in 1905, Biltmore Industries was one of the longest lasting Arts and Crafts cottage industries, making and carving furniture, bowls, bookends, trays, picture frames, and much more. In 1917 the workshops were moved onto the grounds of the Grove Park Inn, where the Arts and Crafts buildings have been restored as a museum, gallery, cafe, and artisan studios. Step back in time on one of these daily one-hour tours.

Close of the National Arts and Crafts Conference & Shows

We will promptly close at 4:00 PM

Sign up for the February 2023 conference if you have a favorite room! You can make reservations over the phone or with the Grove Park Inn staff while you’re here! In the meantime, our shows will immediately close at 4:00pm and exhibitors will begin the long process of teardown, so it’s important that all customers vacate the halls by 4:00 pm. We thank you for your understanding in this matter.

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