Conference Schedule

The following schedule contains information pertinent to not only conference attendees, but the following groups of people: Exhibitors, Pre-Conference Workshop attendees, members of the general public shopping the shows, and those attending the special fundraiser events not including the registration fee (i.e. The Craftsman Reception, the Historic Home Tours, and the Asheville Art Museum event.)

If you have any questions about the schedule, please contact the office of the National Arts and Crafts Conference at (828) 628-1915.

Wednesday, February 15th, 2023

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 $179.00 per night 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 registration page for details.

Thursday, February 16th

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 the opening of the show.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Session One: Thursday, February 17th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Session Two: Friday, February 18th from 8:00am to 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. Pre-Conference Workshops are not included in the Conference Events Pass registration fee and require a separate sign up process. To sign up, please call the office of the National Arts and Crafts Conference at (828) 628-1915.

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Please call the office of the National Arts and Crafts Conference at (828) 628-1915 to sign up for the workshop of your choice. Have the names of the registrants and a credit card ready.

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Session #1 of 2

Thursday, February 16th

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Arts & Crafts Embroidery
with Natalie Richards

Coppersmithing: Arts & Crafts Style

with Frank Glapa

Block Print Making Workshop

with Laura Wilder

The Return of the Craftsman Reception

Come see the return of the Craftsman Reception, the annual event hosted by the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. Meet, greet, and mingle with Arts and Crafts friends old and new!

Details are coming soon! Watch this space…

Friday, February 17th

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 WORKSHOP

Session #2

Small Art Metal Project
with Ron VanOstrand

(One session only on Friday from 8:00am – 11:00am)

Arts & Crafts Embroidery
with Natalie Richards

Coppersmithing: Arts & Crafts Style

with Frank Glapa

Block Print Making Workshop

with Laura Wilder

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.

All Three Selling Shows Open

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.

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.

Details coming soon…

Educational Displays

Open during the Arts and Crafts Shows

Vase by Dorothy England Laughead 

“The Women of Weller Pottery”

A display case by the American Art Pottery Association

The orb and cross symbol along with double Rs that represents Roycroft artisans.

“The Evolution of Roycroft”

by the Roycrofters-At-Large Association

Arts and Crafts Demonstrations

2:00 – 6:00pm

“The Lamps of Limbert: For the First Time — Electric!”

The turn of the twentieth century was not only the beginning of the popular interest in Arts & Crafts furniture but also the beginning of the domestic use of electricity in the United States.  Because electricity in a home was still largely a curiosity for much of the Arts Crafts period many of the lamps offered were oil lamps, however, Charles Limbert and others did produce some electric lamps of wood.  Many of the lamps in his line were hammered copper.  David Van Epps returns to the conference to teach attendees about the construction and style of the wooden lamps Limbert made.  Each session will include an opportunity for questions and informal discussion.

Photo courtesy of the Hog Hill pottery website.

“Cuerda Seca: Linear Arts and Crafts Ceramic Techniques, Motifs, and Patterns”

with John Post of Hog Hill Pottery

Cuerda Seca is a Spanish term for “dry cord”. This technique features drawings  that incorperate dry outlines. The corresponding areas are filled with different colors of glaze. Used by a number of American art pottery firms, the Cuerda Seca technique can be found on several of your favorite vases and ceramic works and yet can be a versatile motif and pattern for the current pottery artist to use on more modern pieces. John Post of Hog Hill Pottery will demonstrate to showgoers and attendees the basics of this technique and how it can be used today.

Friday  4:30pm – 5:30pm

Book Club Discussion

Led by Pat Bartinique

Ragtime

by E.L. Doctorow

This book, published in 1975, takes place in between the turn of the century and the first World War. In 1906 New Rochelle, NY, a car driven by escape artist Harry Houdini swerves into a telephone pole outside the house of a well-to-do American family. Houdini’s incident triggers a series of events that include both fantasy and real-life characters: Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, J.P. Morgan, Evelyn Nesbit, Sigmund Freud, and Emiliano Zapata interact with author E.L. Doctorow’s affluent fictional family of characters. Another character includes a musician from Harlem whose insistence on justice drives him to revolutionary actions amidst the soundtrack of the music of the era: Ragtime.

FRIDAY SEMINARS

OPENING NIGHT

 

Opening Remarks by Director Kate Nixon

“Gustav Stickley and His Imitators”

by Dr. Jonathan Clancy

8:15 PM

The Heritage Ballroom

Sammons Wing

“The Arts and Crafts Movement and Modernism in the Gilded Age”

by Ulysses Dietz

9:00 PM

The Heritage Ballroom

Sammons Wing

Saturday, February 18th

SATURDAY SEMINARS

“The Arts and Crafts Movement: Examining the Paper Trail”

by Andre Chaves


9:00 AM

The Heritage Ballroom

Sammons Wing

“A Window In Time:

The Unique Style of Arts and Crafts Textiles”

by Dianne Ayres

10:00 AM

The Heritage Ballroom

Sammons Wing

Arts & Crafts Shows Open

Saturday  12:00 – 6:00pm

Home to 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

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

 

“The Lamps of Limbert: For the First Time — Electric!”

“Cuerda Seca: Linear Arts and Crafts Ceramic Techniques, Motifs, and Patterns”

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.

Historic House Tour

A Fundraiser for the Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County

The Preservation Society of Asheville is pleased to offer a number of unique historic homes for this year’s Arts & Crafts Conference house tour. All proceeds go to the Preservation Society to fund their efforts to protect and preserve Asheville and Buncombe County’s architectural heritage. All of the homes are located in the National Register listed Grove Park, a neighborhood featuring multiple homes that are examples of design principles and construction practices of the early 20th century, including those of the Arts & Crafts movement.

Details coming soon…

Walking Tours of the Historic Biltmore Industries

Saturday  3:00pm – 4:00pm 

(Repeats Sunday.)

Founded in 1905 and supported by George and Edith Vanderbilt, Biltmore Industries was one of the longest lasting Arts and Crafts cottage industries, making and carving furniture, bowls, bookends, trays, picture frames, and 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.

Details coming soon…

Arts and Crafts Book Club Discussion

Saturday  3:00pm – 4:00pm

Led by Pat Bartinique

Details to come soon…

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.

More details to come soon…

Asheville Art Museum Event

A special lecture from the Asheville Art Museum

Presented in partnership with the 32nd National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn

Details to come soon…

Saturday Night Movie

Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd
Wright’s Modern Masterpiece

8:00pm – 9:30pm

The Heritage Ballroom

This documentary, narrated by actor Brad Pitt, reveals the story of Wright’s first public commission in the early 1900s and the painstaking efforts to restore the 100-year old building back to its original state.

FREE admission for attendees and the general public provided by the non-profit Arts & Crafts Research Fund.

Sunday, February 19th

SUNDAY SEMINARS

 

“The Prairie School Goes West”

by Allen Hazard

9:00 AM

The Heritage Ballroom

Sammons Wing

“Why William Morris Today?

Art, Craft, and Pursuit of Happiness in the 21st Century”

by Yoshiko Yamamoto

10:00 AM

The Heritage Ballroom

Sammons Wing

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

 

“The Lamps of Limbert: For the First Time — Electric!”

“Cuerda Seca: Linear Arts and Crafts Ceramic Techniques, Motifs, and Patterns”

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.

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.

Historic House Tour

A Fundraiser for the Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County

The Preservation Society of Asheville is pleased to offer a number of unique historic homes for this year’s Arts & Crafts Conference house tour. All proceeds go to the Preservation Society to fund their efforts to protect and preserve Asheville and Buncombe County’s architectural heritage. All of the homes are located in the National Register listed Grove Park, a neighborhood featuring multiple homes that are examples of design principles and construction practices of the early 20th century, including those of the Arts & Crafts movement.

Details coming soon…

A few members of our diligent and amazing crew standing by the entrance/exit of the Antiques Show ballroom at the Grove Park Inn.

Close of the National Arts and Crafts Conference & Shows

We will promptly close at 4:00 PM

Sign up for the February 2024 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.