2014 “Gathering of the Guilds”
The Colorado Arts & Crafts Society Artisans Guild Forum

A presentation of the best in Colorado Fine Craftsmanship. The only place where local Guilds and Artisans inspired by the Arts & Crafts Movement can come together to celebrate their craft. We have a wonderful collection of professional artists, craftsman, metalsmiths, woodworkers and weavers selling their handcrafted iteams in the following categories: Art, Book Binding, Calligraphy, Ceramics, Distilling, Fiber, Furniture, Glass, Home Restoration, Jewelry, Knife Making, Paper, and Textiles. There will be Demonstrations, Workshops, and Presentations through out the day.

$5 General Admission. Members of participating guilds admitted free.

Date and Location:

April 27, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Boettcher Mansion, on Lookout Mountain, 900 Colorow Road, Golden, CO 80401.

Flyer Link | Participants List & Event Schedule

Exhibitor Information:

There is no charge for a Guild display. The Guild Forum is free to any of your Guild members; we will need proof of membership at the door, either a membership card or a list of members’ names from your Guild Representative. We are offering all Guild members a $5 discount on membership to the Colorado Arts & Crafts Society which includes our quarterly newsletter and our member events. With reciprocal participation from your Guild, admission to all CACS events is offered at the member discount.

The Guild Display Area:

The Boettcher Mansion will provide each Guild with a 5’ or 6’ table to display flyers, brochures, banners, etc. describing their organization.  We urge your participating members to demonstrate their craft or sell their items from this area as well and will coordinate with you the number of extra space and/or additional tables to accommodate your participants. Please note that we prefer that your items adhere to the tenets of the Arts and Crafts movement and speak to a relation to the Arts and Crafts movement either through style, technique, form or suitability (with functionality and fitness to the home as paramoun)t. As we are not charging a booth fee, CACS asks for 15% of any sales made at the Guild Forum on Sunday to help defray our expenses.

Demonstrations / Presentations / Workshops:

If the ongoing informal demonstration of your craft is not possible within your assigned booth space, we would like your Guild to present a formal lecture or workshop elsewhere in the Mansion.  These presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours in duration and will be scheduled between 10 AM and 3 PM (you can certainly have more than one presentation). There will be no charge to attend the presentation once attendees have paid at the front door; however, if you determine that a hands-on workshop is appropriate, you may charge an additional fee for those participants.


Past and Periodic Events


Winter Symposium, Annual Meeting - Saturday, January 26th, 2013 

Beverly Brandt - Guest Speaker

Symposium 6pm - 9pm

On Saturday, January 26th, 2013, from 6-9 PM, the Colorado Arts & Crafts Society will hold its 17th Winter Symposium at the historic Boettcher Mansion atop Lookout Mountain in Golden (jeffco.us/boettcher).   The evening will begin with a social hour, followed by the Society's annual business meeting, catered dinner and lecture.  This year's guest speaker will be Beverly Brandt, professor in The Design School at Arizona State University, contributor to Kevin Tucker, ed., Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement (2010) and author of The Craftsman & The Critic:  Defining Usefulness and Beauty in Arts and Crafts-Era Boston (2009).  The topic of her talk will be "Dining with Mr. Stickley: Some Influences on the Craftsman Interior".  Signed copies of The Craftsman and The Critic will be available for sale. Tickets for this event are $40 per person for CACS members and $50 for the general public.  R.S.V.P. to Cynthia Shaw at 720-497-7632 by Friday, 1/18/13.

Potluck, Silent Auction, and Movie night - November 2, 2012 

4pm - 9pm

More information will be coming soon.
Location: The Boettcher Mansion on Lookout Mountian - 900 Colorow Road, Golden, CO 80401
RSVP by 10/15/12 to Cynthia at (720) 497-7632

Summer Walking Tour - Saturday, August 11th, 2012 

9:30am - 1:30pm

Tour starts at Higher Grounds Coffee Shop. 803 14th Street, Golden, CO 80401 at 9:30am
We will be touring the East Street Historic District and Arapahoe Street off 19th near the Colorado School of Mines campus in Golden. We will meet at Higher Grounds Coffee Shop and begin walking promptly at 10:00am. Our second stop will be a tour of the Canyon View neighborhood featuring new Craftsman-style bungalows. We will tour a couple of houses in this area and have refreshments following at 784 Joseph Circle, Golden CO 80403 around noon. Maps and driving directions will also be provided at Higher Grounds.
RSVP by 8/7/12 to Cynthia at (720) 497-7632

Winter Symposium, Annual Meeting & Workshop - Saturday, January 21st, 2012 

Fred Zweig - Guest Speaker and Workshop Host

Workshop 10am - 4pm, Symposium 4pm - 8pm

The Boettcher Mansion (Lookout Mountain)
900 Colorow Road  Golden, CO  80401
Dinner will be catered by The Pines at Genesee - $40/members $50/non-members
RSVP by 1/18/12 to Cynthia at (720) 497-7632
Our upcoming Winter Symposium and Workshop, will feature Fred Zweig, a self-taught metalsmith from Tucson, Arizona. Born in 1949, Fred has been working in metal for more than 30 years. He discovered the Arts and Crafts movement while still in high school, and has been passionate about it ever since. For more information on his work, visit http://fredz49.blogspot.com. Fred will be teaching a workshop from 10am - 4pm, please bring your own lunch. Participants will be finishing a copper wall switch plate, using simple tools and repousse techniques. While a blank switch plate and chasing tools will be provided, students are asked to bring a
12"- long board of 2" x 8" pine and a ball pein hammer. The cost of the class is $55. Space is limited to 12, so please call Cynthia at 720-497-7632 to reserve your spot.


Spring "Gathering of the Guilds" (Saturday, April 28, 2012). 

Details from our 2011 show follow:


To download a pdf of this photo sheet to share with other guild members click here. Many requests were made for a copy of the Address Delivered at the Colorado Arts & Crafts Society Gathering of the Guilds by Philip Normand.

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The Master Craftsman Studio Tour - Saturday, October 9th, 2010, 10am to Noon

Ray Tomasso, Master Printer and Papermaker - Print Informational Postcard, (pdf)

The studio includes an extensive library of books, periodicals and ephemera associated with papermaking, printing, printmaking, book arts, graphic design, sculpture, fine art and related topics. Ray produces earth-friendly handmade archival rag paper for printmakers, artists, illustrators, calligraphers and book makers all across the country and offers workshops in papermaking on a select basis.

Periodic Events

From time to time, the Society organizes walking tours in and around Denver's older neighborhoods (such as Highland, Park Hill and Washington Park), filled with textbook examples of the Bungalow and Craftsman styles. Narrated by architectural historians, these outings focus on characteristic exterior and interior elements. Planned exclusively for Society members, these special gatherings offer a great opportunity to learn about local building trends vs. neighborhood cohesiveness and to socialize in a more intimate setting.

Other past events have included field trips to significant Arts and Crafts sites (to date, Society members have enjoyed behind-the-scenes visits to such local treasures as the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art in Denver, the Van Briggle Memorial Pottery in Colorado Springs, the Trinchera Ranch near Alamosa, Colorado and La Foret (To read article about La Foret view our Summer 2009 Newsletter) in the Black Forest near Colorado Springs). 

Winter photo of La Foret in the Black Forest near Colorado Springs.

Winter photo of La Foret in the Black Forest near Colorado Springs, CO.

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