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Craft in Vermont Timeline

1938 Vermont Handicraft Guild forms. Aileen Osborn Webb convenes a meeting to establish the first national organization of American craft artists under the name Handcraft Cooperative League of America, precursor to the American Crafts Council 1941 The Vermont legislature passes Act No. 68, establishing the Vermont Arts and Crafts Service within the State Department of Education 1945 Shelburne Craft School established by the Rev. J. Lynwood Smith with financial support from Aileen Webb 1947 The Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts opens in Proctorsville 1948 David Gil founds Bennington Potters; over the ensuing decades, it grows into a major ceramic industrial enterprise and wins design awards from the Museum of Modern Art, the Chicago Merchandise Mart, and the Academie Internationale de la Ceramique de Cannes 1950 Vermont Hand Crafters is founded to further develop crafts in Vermont 1956 Vermont Craft Market event in Shelburne established 1957 The Gables in Stowe offers a two-month Summer School of Handicraft with courses in jewelry making, painting, ceramics and enamel work 1959 Allied Craftsmen of Vermont forms 1960 Allied Craftsmen of Vermont organizes high-quality craft show in Stowe 1964 Peter Wendland the third director of the Arts & Crafts Service, shifts the focus to professional craftspeople and polished marketing campaigns First year of the Stratton Arts Festival held every fall until 2002 1964 Bennington Potters collaborates with major American painters and sculptors (including sculptor David Smith) on a project commissioned by the magazine Art in America to make limited editions of ceramic objects 1965 Persuaded by Wendland and others, the American Craft Council (ACC) holds its first-ever craft fair at Stowe; the group is “kicked out” and has to find another home for the following year 1966 ACC fair is moved to Mt. Snow for two years 1968 ACC fair moved to Bennington for four years before outgrowing space and going to Rhinebeck, New York; admittance buttons become collectors’ items Vermont Hand Crafters holds a wholesale show for two years in Brandon with support from the Arts & Crafts Service Sheepbreeders Association initiates natural yarn marketing program with support from Ag Marketing Development Division 1969 D’Ann Fago becomes last director of the Arts & Crafts Service—shifts limited resources back to craft education in the public schools First Burklyn Christmas Market is held at Burklyn Manor1970 Aileen Osborn Webb, the “grand dame” of American craft receives the coveted Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Vermont Council on the Arts 1971 Coca-Cola heir and self-described “black sheep” Alan Johnson along with Middlebury resident Dick Wissler founds the Frog Hollow Craft Center Elizabeth Brouha officially founds Burklyn Arts Council 1972 L.J....

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