Potluck & Louis Comfort Tiffany

Friday, November 13, 2015 from 5-8pm Bring a fall dish to share, a favorite piece of art glass for show-and-tell, and come up to the Boettcher Mansion for our potluck and movie night. CACS will provide light appetizers and beverages. We’ll begin the potluck at 5pm.

Members are encouraged to bring Tiffany or art glass items, books, or photos from your collection to show and talk about during the dinner hour. New or old, sharing our treasures with those that appreciate our obsessions is always fun. If you are looking for a good historical fiction read before our event Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland is a great place to start.

Our documentary movie of the evening will focus on Louis Comfort Tiffany’s life as told by a close friend, Hugh F. McKean. Robert Rust will also share a few early 1900s short films in the Fireside room after the movie. Please feel free to bring a friend and share some great food and conversation. The evening is free to anyone who brings a dish to share. RSVP to Cynthia at 720-497-7632 by Nov. 12th.

Date and Location:

Friday, November 13, 2015 from 5-8pm at the Boettcher Mansion


Past and Periodic Events


Five Outrageous Women of the Arts & Crafts Movement
An illustrated talk by Anne Stewart O’Donnell

Sex! Scandal! Well, maybe a little. But even when they were perfect ladies, these remarkable women found ways to develop their considerable talents, forged careers for themselves, and exerted a broad influence on other craftspeople and thinkers. Through more than 200 images—period portraits as well as exciting color photos of art pottery, bookbindings, furniture and textiles—Anne Stewart O’Donnell will explore the lives and work of five females who shaped the Arts & Crafts movement: Irene Sargent, editor of The Craftsman; Sarah Wyman Whitman, stained glass artist, book designer, and philanthropist; Adelaide Alsop Robineau, ceramist and teacher; May Morris, William Morris’s daughter and a master needleworker; and Alice Moore Hubbard, writer, feminist, and wife of Elbert Hubbard, founder of the Roycroft community.

Former editor of Style 1900 magazine, Anne Stewart O’Donnell has an MA in the history of decorative arts and has researched and written extensively on the Arts & Crafts movement in the United States and abroad. She is the author of C. F. A. Voysey: Architect, Designer, Individualist and Motawi Tileworks: Contemporary Handcrafted Tiles in the Arts and Crafts Tradition.

Join CACS on Wednesday, August 26th at 6pm for a lively presentation and a new look at some of the first ladies of the Arts and Crafts Movement. CACS members free and non-members $5. RSVP to Cynthia at 720-497-7632 by August 21st. Wine and light appetizers will be provided.

Date and Location:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 6pm at the Boettcher Mansion

2015 “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 26, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Boettcher Mansion, on Lookout Mountain, 900 Colorow Road, Golden, CO 80401.

Vendor List

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.

Winter Symposium, Annual Meeting - Saturday, January 17th, 2015
Guest Speaker - Richard Mohr

Please join The Colorado Arts and Crafts Society on Saturday, January 17, 2015 for our annual meeting and symposium. We’ll begin at 4:00pm with a cocktail hour where beer, wine, and light appetizers will be served. Promptly at 5pm, our guest lecturer Richard Mohr will delight us with his presentation on American Art Tile. Afterwards, our annual business meeting will take place followed by the buffet. Admission is $40 for members ($50 for guests) and will include a catered dinner brought to us by The Pines at Genesee. If you would prefer to just come for Richard’s lecture, the price will be $10 for members, and $15 for non-CACS members. RSVP to Cynthia at 720-497-7632 by January 9th. As a reminder, many memberships are up for renewal at this time of year as well.

This year, we are honored to have Richard Mohr as our guest speaker. Richard is a decades-long writer and frequent lecturer on American Arts & Crafts tiles. He has been a plenary speaker at the annual Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts conference on four occasions, talking on great lodges of the West, the Van Briggles, and twice on art tiles. Since 1993, he has been a regular contributor to the Journal of the American Art Pottery Association with consciousness-raising, puzzle-solving, and scholarly works including multi-part articles on Van Briggle tiles (2007), Rookwood tiles (2010), Prairie School architects’ uses of tiles (2011-12), and Teco tiles (2013-14). He has also published on art pottery and tiles in Flash Point (Tile Heritage Foundation), Folk Art, American Bungalow, Old House Journal, and Interpreting Ceramics. He is the author of the book Pottery, Politics, Art: George Ohr and the Brothers Kirkpatrick (2003) and curated Anna Pottery: Plagiarism as Art at the Krannert Art Museum of the University of Illinois, from which he has recently taken emeritus status as Professor of Philosophy and of the Classics.

To read more about Richard's lecture topic, read his article in our 2014 Fall newsletter.


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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