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.

While the safety restrictions in place during the current pandemic will prevent thirty or forty people from crowding into a meeting room at the Grove Park Inn, the virtual classroom environment will enable us to continue to discuss topics of interest to Arts and Crafts collectors. During the month of February, we will be hosting our annual Small Group Discussions on weekdays via Zoom. Once you have registered for the conference and have logged in, you will be able to access the link to any of the live discussions. If your schedule prevents you from participating in the live discussions, you will be able to watch at your leisure a recording of any of the Zoom discussions to be stored on our On-Demand page.

We are currently in the process of selecting the topics and leaders for our Small Group Discussions, but as each is finalized we will list them here, so please check back.

Please note: all Small Group Discussion sessions will take place over the video conferencing platform Zoom. All participants will need to sign up for a free account and download the Zoom app in advance of the conference. To get started, please click here to start the sign up process.

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Monday, February 1st

“Advice for New Pottery Collectors” with Christine Boone and Patti Bourgeois (1:00 PM EST).

Tuesday, February 2nd

“What is the ‘Art’ in Arts and Crafts?” with Steven Thomas (1:00 PM EST).

Wednesday, February 3rd

“The Arts and Crafts Philosophy: A Lifestyle – Or Now Just a Style?” with Pat Bartinique (1:00 PM EST).

Thursday, February 4th

“Block Printing: The Agony and The Ecstasy” with Laura Wilder. (1:00pm EST)

Friday, February 5th

“Virtual Tour of Gustav Stickley’s Syracuse House: Restoring the Interior” with David Rudd, Elizabeth Crawford, and Amy Shook (1:00 PM EST).

Monday, February 8th

“Collecting Arts and Crafts Tiles” with Sandie Fowler (1:00 PM EST).

Tuesday, February 9th

“The Stickleys – Was Gus Really the Best” with Michael McCracken (1:00 PM EST).

Wednesday, February 10th

“Collecting Vintage Textiles” with Paul Freeman (1:00 PM EST).

Thursday, February 11th

“Native Plants and the Landscape” with Rick Taylor (1:00 PM EST).

Friday, February 12th

“Collecting Roycroft” with Robert Rust (1:00 PM EST).

Monday, February 15th

“Window Treatment Ideas: Have nothing on your windows that is not useful and beautiful” with Dianne Ayres (1:00 PM EST).

Tuesday, February 16th

“Arts and Crafts From the Home” with Jean Oberkirsch (1:00 PM EST).

Wednesday, February 17th

“Behind the Scenes at Craftsman Farms” with Vonda Givens, Executive Director (1:00 PM EST).

Thursday, February 18th

“Documentary Craft to Artistic Medium: Photography in the Golden Era of Arts and Crafts” with Speaker Peter Potter (1:00 PM EST)

Friday, February 19th

“Building Arts and Crafts Furniture” with Stewart Crick (1:00 PM EST).

Monday, February 22nd

“Collecting Arts and Crafts Metalware” with Bryan Mead (1:00 PM EST).

Tuesday, February 23rd

“Collecting Japanese Woodblock Prints” with Patti Bourgeois (1:00 PM EST).

Wednesday, February 24th

Small Group Discussion: “Spotting Furniture Fakes, Forgeries, and Repairs” with N. Gordon Gray (1:00 PM EST).

Thursday, February 25th

“The Sound of Music – Arts and Crafts Style” with Pat Bartinique (1:00 PM EST).

Friday, February 26th

“A Final Chat with Stickley Documentary Director Herb Stratford” (1:00 PM EST)