Also on deck this weekend in Chicago, it's the 7th annual Arts and Crafts-Chicago Show and Sale, which will take place at the Geiseman Gym on the campus of Concordia University in River Forest Illinois Saturday, June 2 from 10 AM - 7 PM and Sunday, June 3 from 10 AM - 4 PM. Admission is only $7. The show will feature antique and reproduction furniture and accessories from the American and English Arts and Crafts Movement and always has something interesting to offer collectors and enthusiasts of all stripes. Get more info and a discount admission coupon here.
Image via artsandcraftschicago.com
Fair Oak Workshops, purveyors of the finest in Arts & Crafts era gifts and decor recently introduced their new line of Edward S. Curtis Native American prints. Original Edward S. Curtis photographs depicting the American West landscape and its indigenous people are rare and very expensive. Fair Oak's fine art prints provide the opportunity to affordably own a Curtis image and add that perfect touch of Arts & Crafts charm to your home. See all the offerings and options here.
Image via fairoak.com
We received word that Toms-Price in Lincolnshire, IL will be hosting a "Stickley Museum on the Road" event on May 17, 2012 from 7 to 9 pm. Sarah Lanigan, curator of the Fayetteville, New York, Stickley Museum will talk on the history of Stickley. She will also present in Skokie, IL on May 18, 2012 and Wheaton, IL on May 19, 2012. Attendees can see more event details and sign up online by visiting the Toms-Price website here and clicking on an event.
Image via stickley.com
Ephraim Pottery is excited to announce that in addition to their Lake Mills, Wisconsin gallery, they are opening a new store on the West Coast that will feature their limited edition pottery and tile.
The new outlet will be located at 728 Main Street in Cambria, CA. Cambria, known as “one of America’s prettiest towns,” is about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, along scenic coastal Highway 1. The new store is scheduled to open in mid June, 2012. Check out Ephraim’s website for more information about their galleries, artists, and pottery.
Images via Ephraim Pottery
Speaking of the Pleasant Home Foundation, word comes in that they will be offering a tour of the stunning Crab Tree Farm in Lake Bluff, Illinois on June 30, 2012. This event is not to be missed — enjoy a guided tour of this amazing Arts & Crafts collection and working farm! Details will be available soon — so stay tuned!
Image via crabtreefarm.org
Support Pleasant Home and be among the first to view La Hacienda: The John L. Jerome Collection of Gustav Stickley. Set aside Friday, May 11th for a special preview reception at the John Toomey Gallery to see this important private collection before it opens to the public. Tickets are $50 and include a wine and cheese reception and a silent auction benefiting Pleasant Home Foundation.
Purchase two tickets to this event and receive a $100 Pleasant Home Foundation "Friend" level membership. Among the items to be auctioned are: an afternoon tea at Pleasant Home, dinner for six at a beautiful condo overlooking Millennium Park, and a copy of the hardbound La Hacienda book and a one-year Treadway/Toomey catalog subscription. For reservations call (708) 383-2654 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, May 11, 2012 6:00 - 8:00pm John Toomey Gallery 818 North Blvd, Oak Park, IL. Tickets, $50 each. For membership information, visit Pleasant Home's website here.
Image via John Toomey Gallery
News reached us last week that the Treadway/Toomey Auction partnership has been entrusted to handle the sale of the The La Hacienda Collection of Decorative Arts, one of the most important private collection of early Gustav Stickley furniture ever to go to auction, on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 10AM. We thought PrairieMod readers would be interested to learn and see more of this landmark Arts & Crafts auction, so we reached out to the John Toomey Gallery in Oak Park, IL for images and details. See them after the jump...
Who do you think of when I describe the following architect: He rejected the staid values of the Victorian era; utilized huge pitched roofs, horizontal bands of windows and natural materials in his architecture; was consumed with designing every aspect of his houses including textiles, cabinetry, and furniture; was a master designer who created stunning works of pattern, color and form; loved nature and went to it constantly for inspiration; and above all was a fierce individualist who stubbornly followed his own path. Likely, as a reader of this blog, your first instinct might be to say "Frank Lloyd Wright." But, in this instance, I was actually describing a British architect working out his individualistic theories of architecture and design years ahead of Wright: C.F.A. Voysey.
Surprised? I was too. But thanks to the recently published book C.F.A. Voysey: Architect, Designer, Individualist by Anne Stewart O'Donnell and published by Pomegranate, I was able to explore the world of this fascinating and early Modernist. More after the jump...
Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters are familiar subjects for many American Arts & Crafts enthusiasts. The various printed items, metal pieces, furniture, tooled leather objects and other handicrafts produced at the East Aurora, New York artistic enclave have been the subject of a host of books, exhibits and studies over the years. Yet, one area that has received scant attention is the topic of graphic design and the important role it played making the Roycroft experiment a success. A new book by Lawrence Kreisman and published by Pomegranate titled Dard Hunter: The Graphic Works seeks to shine a spotlight on the life and work of the finest graphic designer to come out of the Roycrofters. More after the jump...
The Pleasant Home Foundation recently announced their free lecture series titled "Inside the Arts & Crafts Home". This year's series is sponsored by the John Toomey Gallery and will begin February 23, 2012 at the Oak Park Public Library. To see the list of lectures and find out more, follow the link.
Image via The Pleasant Home Foundation
I came across Whether Bags a few weekends ago at Chicago's Randolph Street Antique Market and thought they looked simple, Mod and well-crafted. Turns out that what's especially great about the bags is that they are constructed from sustainable materials and each one is crafted locally in Chicago, IL (with all of the materials sourced and purchased within the USA). Check out more info here and shop online here.
Image via whetherbags.myshopify.com
Heartland House Designs, creators of officially licensed cross stitch kits based on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, have released two new designs crafty PrairieMod readers should enjoy. One kit features an Ennis House Concrete Textile Block and the other is based on Wright's Organic Commandments. Check out Heartland House Designs website for more info on these and more kits.
Image via Heartland House Designs
Over the weekend, a couple of PrairieMod Squad members had a chance to see a stunning example of one of Edgar Miller's handmade homes. Portoluz, a Chicago-based non-profit dedicated to preserving the city's progressive cultural identity, hosted a lecture by craftsman Larry Zgoda which took place in the original Edgar Miller-designed Sol Kogen Studio located in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago. We had a chance to explore this magical home afterwards to everyone's delight. Take a virtual photo tour of some of the things we saw after the jump...
Crafted Systems by Aurelie Tu produces some of the most unique home decor items I've seen in awhile. Handmade from interlocking pieces of felt, the beautiful textural vases, rugs, table runners and more will definitely dress up a home in PrairieMod style. Check out all of the options and wares here.
Image via crafted-systems.com
Here's something a little different for the PrairieMod etsy store. I'm trying my hand at creating some unique collectibles for lovers of progressive design. My first offering is the "PrairieMod Pooch" which is a laser-cut wood and hand painted doggie inspired by the graphic art of Margaret Iannelli. Find out the details here.
Image via PrairieMod
If you're in Chicago and looking for something to do, then check out the 6th Annual Arts & Crafts Chicago Show in River Forest, IL. The event takes place May 14-15, 2011 and admission is $7. Get all the details here.
Image via eastwoodgallery.com
Call it a comeback! Fair Oak Workshops recently announced the acquisition of the popular Helen Foster line of Arts & Crafts revival stencil designs. Check out all of the designs and order your favorites here.
Image via fairoak.com
Here's an article about woodshop students at Michigan's Lakeview High School creating "Lincoln Logs" from scratch, packaging them and selling them in the community as a fundraiser. John Lloyd Wright (Frank's son and the inventor of Lincoln Logs) would probably be pleased that his simple building toy is inspiring America's youth to earn some money for their education. Hasbro—present owner of the "Lincoln Logs" trademark—probably not so much. Read more here.
Image via incredibleart.org
Our friends at Fair Oak Workshops sent us word of a very special way to support the relief effort for the people of Japan hit by the recent devestating earthquake and tsunami. Yoshiko Yamamoto of the Arts & Crafts Press is offering a very special block print to raise funds for the relief effort. Read more after the jump...
Thanks to PrairieMod reader Larry Z. for letting us know that the T. C. Steele State Historic Site in Brown County, Indiana,is hosting an new exhibit now through March 30, 2012 titled "Arts & Crafts Moments: Simplicity in Design."
The T.C. Steele home, garden and art studio is famous for its rich history, picturesque surrounds and unique artistic and intellectual atmosphere, just west of Nashville, Indiana in the heart of artistic Brown County. Get more details here.
Image via www.indianamuseum.org/sites/tcstspec.html
This year's Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Conference will begin February 18, 2011 in Asheville, NC. It's always filled with great lectures and lots of Arts & Crafts-related vendors and dealers. Any PrairieMod readers going this year? if so, drop us a line, tell us if there was any cool Prairie School stuff there, share some photos and let us know how it was! Details here.
Image via arts-craftsconference.com
The group behind the recent effort to save the Iannelli Studios in Park Ridge, Illinois has a connection to a rich artistic heritage itself. The Kalo Foundation of Park Ridge was established in 2006 as a nonprofit organization and dedicated itself to preserving the rich artistic legacy of the city through education, advocacy, and preservation, as well as promoting the arts & crafts as an integral part of our modern lives.
The name derives itself from The Kalo Arts Crafts Community, an early 20th century Arts & Crafts colony located at 322 Grant Place in Park Ridge. Established as a “school within a workshop,” the facility trained men and women artisans, while producing hand wrought sterling silver, metalware, jewelry and craft items that were sold in the Kalo Shop.
Find out more about Kalo, its history, current programs and preservation efforts here.
Images via chicagosilver.com
There's been a lot of excitement generated this week by the effort to save the Iannelli Studios in Park Ridge, Illinois. However, not many people have heard of Alfonso Iannelli, let alone know the depth and breadth of the Iannelli Studios work. One example of the Iannelli Studios work turning-up where you'd least expect it: The Adler Planetarium in Chicago. The Iannelli Studios was responsible for creating the 12 signs of the Zodiac as bronze plaques for the 1930s building (the photos of which you see at left can be purchased here). Additionally, the 8 known planets were depicted in sculptured relief as well for the lobby, encircling a statement for the building. Make plans to visit the Adler Planetarium the next time you're in Chicago to see these beautiful artistic marvels for yourself!
A recent trip to Brookfield Zoo helped remind me of all the progressive 1930s WPA artwork associated with the zoological park. Their Discovery Center building lobby features several unique items and informational boards describing the art and artists' work of the era. Here's a link to a great poster for the zoo by Paul Kreger that is now part of the WPA Art Collection at the Illinois State Museum. See it here. Does anyone else have any cool 1930s items from the Brookfield Zoo featuring progressive artwork? Send us a scan and we'll be sure to share.
Image via museum.state.il.us
You wouldn't know there were hard economic times going on by Sotheby's most recent auction results. Their December 14, 2010 20th Century Design sale netted in excess of $19 million, including $314,500 for a rare "Calla Lily" Teco vase—a new auction record for the Prairie School pottery. Read more here.
Image via Sotheby's website
Artist David Hockney's new exhibit in Paris displays work not made with paint, canvas, paper, pencils or pastels. In fact it's not made from anything but light and was completely emailed to the gallery. Check out this NPR story of Hockney's unique digital paintings created on his iPhone and iPad.
Image copyright David Hockney
Heath Ceramics, known for their iconic modern dinnerware, is now offering the perfect glassware to go with it. Check out "Heath Glass," handblown in an 80-year-old glassmaking factory in West Virginia. Every piece is touched by no less than ten glass-workers, each of whom is committed to preserving the craft of American handblown glass. Get all the details here.
Image via Heath Ceramics
I continued to be surprised at the ever increasing intersections that occur between history, culture and politics and Frank Lloyd Wright. Case in point: I did not know that the pioneering American Minimalist sculptor, Tony Smith, studied at Taliesin for a time to be an Organic Architect. A new exhibit of Tony Smith's drawings that "encapsulate a dramatic turning point in Smith’s artistic career, as he shifted from his professional architectural work towards painting and sculpture" will go on display at Houston's The Menil Collection this month. Read more here.
Image via www.ryman.org
Heard a story on NPR this morning about the news that a French electrician recently revealed that he had 271 never-before-seen works of art by iconic painter Pablo Picasso, worth nearly $80 million,in his garage. Not surprisingly, the legitimacy of how he came to own them is being called into question. Litigation soon followed. Read more about it here.
A PrairieMod reader sent a great link to a unique origami crane ornament for your table or tree made from decorative paper. I especially like the "Saguaro Forms" version. Check more out here.
Image via etsy.com "localcolorist" shop
130 years ago, Maria Longworth Nichols fired the first pieces of pottery that would eventually become the famed Arts & Crafts era Rookwood Pottery. On this Thanksgiving Day, Rookwood president and CEO, Christopher Rose, will celebrate the rejuvenation of the company by pulling new pieces from the kiln 130 years to the day. Read more about it here.
Image via news.cincinnati.com
Here's a link to an article disucssing the new exhibit all about Arts & Crafts Era giant, Gustav Stickley, at the Newark Museum. Read it here.
Image via the Dallas Museum of Art