Small Group Discussions

From the very beginning of the National Arts and Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn, our seminar presentations have been so popular that we have always held them in the spacious Heritage Ballroom. It soon became apparent that attempting to hold a traditional question-and-answer session with each speaker afterwards was impractical in a large ballroom, so in its place we began offering daily Small Group Discussions.

Our live virtual Small Group Discussions which we held via Zoom last February were so well received that we will make them available in our Video-On-Demand page if you register for this August event. Each hour-long discussion will again be recorded and made available for later viewing by registered participants at our Video On Demand page through August 15.

Below you’ll find our schedule for our new “Arts & Crafts In August: A Virtual Experience” event. While we are finalizing August’s schedule, we will simultaneously be in the process of selecting topics and discussion leaders for the 35th National Arts and Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn in 2022. If you have any suggestions, please contact us at our office.

Sunday, August 1st

3:00 PM Eastern: Live Small Group Discussion

“Exploring Great Britain: My Favorite Places”

with Elaine Ellis of Arts & Crafts Tours

Monday, August 2nd

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 of Dalton’s American Decorative Arts, LLC

Tuesday, August 3rd

1:00 PM Eastern: Live Small Group Discussion

 

 

“Collecting American Art Pottery”

with Jim Messineo of JMW Gallery

3:00 PM Eastern: A Live Artist Chat

 

Virtual Art Studio Tour, Art Techniques & Process

with Julie Leidel of the Bungalow Craft

Wednesday, August 4th

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.

Thursday, August 5th

1:00 PM Eastern: Live Small Group Discussion

“Collecting Rookwood”

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

3:00 PM Eastern: Live Small Group Discussion

“The DOs and DON’Ts of Collecting Prints & Paintings”

with Marc Williams of Diverse Ayres Fine Art

Friday, August 6th

1:00 PM Eastern: Live Small Group Discussion

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

with Bo Sullivan of Bolling & Co.

Saturday, August 7th

1:00 PM Eastern: Live Small Group Discussion

Polish, Repair, or Re-patinate: Caring For Your Metalware

with Bryan Mead of Hammered & Hewn and United Crafts

3:00 PM Eastern: Live Film Discussion

“Elbert Hubbard: An American Original”

Discussion led by Robert Rust, Roycroft Historian & Author

To prepare for the discussion, watch the film through the PBS’s website for free! Click HERE to watch on PBS.org

Sunday, August 8th

1:00 PM Eastern: Live Small Group Discussion

Topic coming soon!

The following examples were from the 2021 virtual National Arts and Crafts Conference…

Expect to see similar examples during the 2022 National Arts and Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn.

“Advice for New Pottery Collectors” with Christine Boone and Patti Bourgeois

“What is the ‘Art’ in Arts and Crafts?” with Steven Thomas

“The Arts and Crafts Philosophy: A Lifestyle – Or Now Just a Style?” with Pat Bartinique

“Block Printing: The Agony and The Ecstasy” with Laura Wilder

“Virtual Tour of Gustav Stickley’s Syracuse House: Restoring the Interior” with David Rudd, Elizabeth Crawford, and Amy Shook

“Collecting Arts and Crafts Tiles” with Sandie Fowler

“The Stickleys – Was Gus Really the Best” with Michael McCracken

“Collecting Vintage Textiles” with Paul Freeman

“Native Plants and the Landscape” with Rick Taylor

“Collecting Roycroft” with Robert Rust

“Window Treatment Ideas: Have nothing on your windows that is not useful and beautiful” with Dianne Ayres

“Arts and Crafts From the Home” with Jean Oberkirsch

“Behind the Scenes at Craftsman Farms” with Vonda Givens, Executive Director

“Documentary Craft to Artistic Medium: Photography in the Golden Era of Arts and Crafts” with Speaker Peter Potter

“Building Arts and Crafts Furniture” with Stewart Crick

“Collecting Arts and Crafts Metalware” with Bryan Mead

“Collecting Japanese Woodblock Prints” with Patti Bourgeois

Small Group Discussion: “Spotting Furniture Fakes, Forgeries, and Repairs” with N. Gordon Gray

“The Sound of Music – Arts and Crafts Style” with Pat Bartinique

“A Final Chat with Stickley Documentary Director Herb Stratford”