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The craftsman
Vol. IV, No. 2 (May 1903)

Sargent, Irene
A recent arts and crafts exhibition,   pp. 69-83 PDF (7.4 MB)

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Vol. IV                   May, 19o3                  No. 2
A Recent Arts and Crafts Exhibition
                                            IRENE SARGENT
HE recent Arts and Crafts Exhibition held under the
auspices of the United Crafts, in the Craftsman Building,
Syracuse, N. Y., proved itself a marked artistic success.
It was the first enterprise of its kind to be carried into
         effect in inland New York. It was an adequate repre-
sentation of the actual state of American handicraft. It has excited
sufficient interest and comment to make the organization which
conceived and executed it a center for furthering and fostering the
decorative and industrial arts.
    The recent exhibition possessed one great advantage over many
of its predecessors in this country, in that it was well displayed as
to space, background and lighting, both natural and artificial. It
was located in an imposing building, and occupied a large portion
of three extensive stories. The fact of its proper housing made it
most attractive, as considered in itself, and, also, as a social meeting
place. It brought together in repeated reunions the best represent-
atives of local culture. It commanded respectful attention from
the seaboard cities, and drew many professional visitors from dis-
tant universities, and from noted studios and workshops. It will
be remembered as an occasion of great pleasure and profit, and
locally will go far toward establishing a standard of value by which
to judge of the objects of use and adornment which necessarily com-
pose the environment of the average daily life.
    The exhibits were classified and catalogued according to the
system usually employed in similar exhibitions. They included
examples of metal and leather work; cabinet making; ceramics;
textiles extending to basketry; stained glass and cartoons for the
same; bookbinding; book covers and book plates; designs for let-
ters and lettering; printing; jewelry.

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