2019 Modern Bungalow Makers Series - Jeff Icenhower

SUNDAY, March 24th, 2019 from 2-4pm at Modern Bungalow - 2594 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222
Come learn about leatherworking techniques with Jeff Icenhower of Mission West Wood and Leather, and shop one-of-a-kind leather art! Jeff is an artist and aficionado, in love with the aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts movement and inspired by the Roycrofters. He's also a board member of the Colorado Arts and Crafts Society. He will be giving a presentation on leather art, followed by a demonstration of his techniques for working leather into the beautiful pieces at Modern Bungalow. We hope to see you there!

RSVP to the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1208816022620506/

2019 Gathering of the Guilds

SUNDAY, April 14th, 2019 from 10am - 4pm at American Mountaineering Museum (AMC) In Golden
The Colorado Arts &Crafts Society (CACS) will host its popular “Gathering of the Guilds” at 710 10th Street in Golden, Colorado.

This year, vendors will include Annalee’s Naturals, Beth Bradford Studio, Black Birch Studio, Book Arts League, The Bungalow Craft By Julie Leidel, Chinook Pottery, Colorado Calligraphers’ Guild, Colorado Woodworkers Guild, Golden Moon Distillery, Guild of Bookworkers, Handweavers Guild of Boulder; Julie Fletcher Interior Design, Mission West, Nikki Nienhuis Fine Art, Rocky Mountain Marquetry Guild, Rocky Mountain Metalsmiths, Rocky Mountain Silk Painters, Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists and 2R Fine Arts Appraisals.

There will be presentations and many artisans will be offering hands-on demonstrations of their craft throughout the day. Admission is $5 per person. Show hours are 10 AM – 4 PM For more information, please contact cshaw@jeffco.us, call 720.497.7632











2019 Winter Symposium

SATURDAY, January 26th, 2019 from 4-8pm at Boettcher Mansion
Featuring Stephanie Soldner Sullivan
The daughter of legendary ceramic artist and teacher Paul Soldner will talk about her late father's legacy and the family compound in Aspen that she hopes to turn into the Soldner Center for the Arts & Innovation. This unprecedented event will take place inside the Boettcher Mansion's cozy Fireside Room.

Cost of catered dinner and lecture is $40 for CACS members and $50 for the general public. RSVP by January 18, 2019.

For more information, contact Cynthia Shaw at cshaw@jeffco.us or (720) 497-7632. the mansion website is: www.jeffco.us/boettcher-mansion


2018 Gathering of the Guilds

SUNDAY, April 29th, 2018 from 10am - 4pm at Boettcher Mansion
The Colorado Arts &Crafts Society (CACS) will host its popular “Gathering of the Guilds” at the historic Boettcher Mansion. Nestled within the Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve, the 1917 National Register landmark was built as a seasonal getaway for Colorado entrepreneur Charles Boettcher and currently operates as a special events venue. Founded in 1997, CACS sponsors ongoing educational programs pertaining to the aesthetic significance of the Arts & Crafts movement (1880-1920) within America.

This year, vendors will include Annalee’s Naturals, Beth Bradford Studio, Black Birch Studio, Book Arts League, Chinook Pottery, Colorado Calligraphers’ Guild, Colorado Woodworkers Guild, Golden Moon Distillery, Guild of Bookworkers, Handweavers Guild of Boulder; Julie Fletcher Interior Design, Mission West, Nikki Nienhuis Fine Art, Rocky Mountain Marquetry Guild, Rocky Mountain Metalsmiths, Rocky Mountain Silk Painters, Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists and 2R Fine Arts Appraisals.

Presentations will include Jeff Icenhower from Mission West on “Artistic Leather in Arts and Crafts Decor” and Robert Rust from 2R Fine Arts Appraisals on “Metalworking in Colorado”. In addition, many artisans will be offering hands-on demonstrations of their craft throughout the day. Admission is $5 per person. Show hours are 10 AM – 4 PM and food & beverages will be available for purchase on site. The Boettcher Mansion is located at 900 Colorow Road atop Lookout Mountain in Golden. For more information, please contact cshaw@jeffco.us, call 720.497.7632 or visit www.jeffco.us/boettcher-mansion and/or http:/coloarts-crafts.org.


2018 Winter Symposium: CJ Hurley Century Arts Comes to Denver

CJ Hurley and Barbara Pierce, a design team specializing in historic homes, based in Oil City, PA, will visit the Colorado Arts and Crafts Society and Modern Bungalow in January. You have several opportunities to meet them. Learn more about CJ Hurley Century Arts at: cjhurley.com

Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 3:00 - 4:30pm
Boettcher Mansion: 900 Colorow Rd, Golden, CO 80401
Color Workshop with Barbara Pierce. Come up to the Boettcher Mansion on Lookout Mountain in Golden for a presentation that goes beyond just a cursory glance at color. Free to attend, but RSVP to Cynthia Shaw at cshaw@jeffco.us or (720) 497-7632.

Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 5:30 - 8:00pm
Boettcher Mansion: 900 Colorow Rd, Golden, CO 80401
CJ Hurley will be the keynote speaker presenting a lecture on Couples of the Arts & Crafts Movement. His lecture follows drinks and catered dinner. $40 CACS Member/$50 non-member.Contact Cynthia Shaw to reserve your spot. cshaw@jeffco.us or
(720) 497-7632.

Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 12-4:30pm
​Modern Bungalow: 2594 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222
Private Consultation with Barbara Pierce. In a 30-minute consultation at Modern Bungalow you'll have time to discuss your specific color needs with Barbara, one-on-one, and talk about the perfect color palette for your home. Bring in your exterior or interior home photos and details to discuss, and take away a new path to bringing out the perfect colors for your home. Email Danielle Sandusky at Modern Bungalow to reserve your spot danielle@modernbungalow.com. Cost is $50.

12:00pm | 12:45pm | 1:30pm | 2:15pm | 3:00pm | 3:45pm 

Monday, January 22, 2018 from 10-7pm
​At Your Home
In-home consultations with Barbara will also be available. To have a conversation in greater depth about your specific space and needs, sign up below for a 60-minute consultation for $145. Barbara will reach out to you via phone before your consultation to give you options and prepare you for this meeting. Email Danielle Sandusky at Modern Bungalow to reserve your spot danielle@modernbungalow.com. 10:00am  |  12:00pm  |  2:00pm  |  4:00pm |  6:00pm

2018 Winter Symposium Schedule:

January 20th, 2018 – Boettcher Mansion
3:00pm – Color Presentation (Individual 30-min. consults at Modern Bungalow for Jan. 21st)
4:30pm – Wine and Appetizers
5:30pm – Catered Dinner Begins
6:00pm – CACS Annual Meeting
6:30pm – CJ’s Keynote Presentation
8:00ish – Evening Concludes

Past and Periodic Events


2017 Anniversary Celebrations
CACS's 20th Anniversary & Boettcher Mansion's 100th Anniversary in 2017

Boettcher Mansion Celebrates 100 Years - Celebration on July 27, 2017

On Thursday, July 27th, from 4-8 PM both the Mansion’s 100th birthday and CACS’ 20th anniversary will be celebrated inside the Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve (admission is free to the public). Festivities will include live music by the band Renewed, food and beverage trucks and tours of the Mansion and Nature Center.

Last but not least, three stunning prints created by local artists Julie Leidel, Leon Loughridge and Nathan Cook will be available for sale in the Mansion’s gift shop.

Jeffco's historic Boettcher Mansion is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary on July 27, 2017.

In 1917, Colorado business entrepreneur Charles Boettcher commissioned Denver architects Fisher & Fisher to design and build a secluded retreat atop Lookout Mountain for use as a summer home and hunting lodge. Since his Ideal Cement Company had recently donated enough concrete to pave the winding road that led from downtown Golden up to the summit, Charles was familiar with the area and when plans for a 60-acre mountaintop resort fell through, he jumped at the chance to purchase such a prime parcel of land.

Built of native stone and timber culled from the property, “Lorraine Lodge” was enjoyed by family members for more than 50 years (with Charles’ granddaughter raising her three children here during the 1960s). Upon Charline Breeden’s death in 1972, the estate was donated to Jefferson County for “public use and enjoyment”. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places - NPS in 1984, the Arts & Crafts landmark is significant for its vernacular architecture, its connections to the Boettcher legacy within Colorado and as a superlative example of adaptive reuse. 

Today, the Boettcher Mansion serves as Jefferson County’s premier events site hosting hundreds of social gatherings and business meetings each year. While winter is a surprisingly popular time for weddings and other festive galas, the Mansion’s official birthday party will take place midsummer, on July 27, 2017 from 4-8pm. Live music and beer garden. Tickets are $20.

The Denver Post published an article about the 100th Anniversary.

2017 Winter Symposium
Keynote speaker Paul Unks from Mountain Hawk Fine Art

Our annual CACS Winter Symposium will be held on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at the Boettcher Mansion.
900 Colorow Road Golden, CO 80401

We are lucky to have Paul Unks, founder and owner of Mountain Hawk Fine Art, as our winter symposium presenter. He will give a tutorial on the photographic printing techniques of Edward Curtis starting off at 3:30pm. Paul will give us a brief demonstration of the photogravure technique, show some examples and bring some of the special papers he uses for this technique. We will also get to see a copper master printing plate to demonstrate how gold tones are made. This special tutorial session will cost $10 per person, with a class limit of 20.

Dinner will be catered, with drinks and appetizers beginning at 4:30pm. Cost is $40 for CACS members, $50 non-members. Our annual meeting will be held after dinner, followed by Paul’s lecture on the life and work of renowned 19th century photographer Edward S. Curtis among the North American Indians entitled “The Life and Times of the Shadow Catcher.” The slide show will feature 100 master images of the Southwest, Plains and Northwest Nations set to music composed and performed by Native Americans. The presentation will cover the challenging circumstances under which Curtis produced his incredible body of work, his techniques and importance to the evolution of photography, and his contributions to a greater understanding and appreciation of Native Americans.

RSVP for this outstanding event to Cynthia at 720-497-7632 by January 18, 2017.

Symposium Schedule:
3:30 - 4:30: Tutorial: The Photographic PrintingTechniques of Edward Curtis
4:30 - 5:00pm Appetizers & Wine
5:00pm Catered Dinner
6:30pm Annual Meeting
6:45pm “The Life and Times of the Shadow Catcher"

Image on more from Paul Unks


CACS Annual Winter Symposium

Our focus this year for our Winter symposium is on Arts & Crafts leather from 1900-1929. Rich beauty and craftsmanship went into fine leather accessories, such as billfolds, blotters, bookends, boxes, cigar cases, document cases, glove cases, mats, napkin rings, paperweights, purses,and wastebaskets.

We are very lucky to have Daniel Lees as our guest lecturer. He is the author of Artistic Leather of the Arts and Crafts Era which was supported in part by a 2005 research grant from the Arts & Crafts Research Council of the Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Conferences. Daniel’s book has been featured in American Bungalow and on Antiques Roadshow. Daniel will also bring in some lovely examples from his own extensive Arts & Crafts leather collection. He’s extended the offer to do unoffical appraisals of any A&C leather by those attending, so bring in your leather treasures for all to see. Signed copies of his book will be available for purchase as well.

Dinner will be catered, with drinks and appetizers beginning at 4pm. Cost is $40 for CACS members, $50 nonmembers. RSVP to Cynthia at 720-497-7632 by January 12, 2016. Before the lecture though, try your hand at working with leather in our hands-on workshop taught by Jeff Icenhower. The leather workshop is from 1-4pm at Boettcher Mansion. Background information will be provided, as well as all materials and tools. Students will take home their own leather coaster from the class. Workshop price is $15 for CACS members, $20 for non-members. Author of Artistic Leather, Daniel Lees from Kirkland, Washington.

Jeff Icenhower has worked with leather for five years, initially working in the classic floral and geometric styles of the American West. Through a series of very fortunate events he became aware of the potential uses for decorated leather in Arts and Crafts design. Currently Jeff is exploring the replication of historically based pieces, as well as the creation of original works consistent with that style. Class space is limited to 24, so RSVP to Cynthia at 720-497-7632 by January 12th to reserve your space.

Date and Location:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2016 from 1-4pm (workshop) and 4-8pm (Dinner and Lecture) at the Boettcher Mansion

900 Colorow Road Golden, CO 80401


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


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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