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The All New Sixth Annual San Diego
Arts & Crafts Weekend

On March 7, 8 and 9, 2003, at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal on the embarcadero in Downtown San Diego, SOHO holds its 6th annual San Diego Arts & Crafts Weekend. The much-anticipated weekend showcases six Craftsman-era houses, a greatly expanded exhibition sale, which combines antique dealers specializing in the Arts & Crafts Movement, along with modern craftsmen working in the period style, a day of lectures by prominent experts, book signings, two not-to-be-missed parties and a silent auction.

Opening the weekend is the acclaimed Art Johnson Trio. A lyrical guitarist, Art Johnson has a remarkable resume. He has worked with Willie Bobo, Paul Horn, Tim Weisberg and John Klemmer, recording with the latter three. Johnson was featured on violin, mandolin and guitar with Pat Boone, toured with Tim Buckley, movie soundtracks, studio work, and worked with Lena Horne, O.C. Smith, and the San Diego Symphony. Our friends at Jazz 88 hooked us up with this special entertainment, which will be held Friday evening from 6 to 9pm at the exhibition hall for the Earlybird Preview-of-the-Show. Guests will mingle with exhibitors, speakers and fellow Arts & Crafts enthusiasts, enjoy fine wine and hors d'oeuvres, and have the earliest opportunity to view or purchase from over 50 exhibitors from across the country. These exhibitors will offer the finest in antique and revival furnishings, and decorative arts with an outstanding selection of antique and contemporary Craftsman style furniture, lighting, metalwork, pottery, textiles and rugs, wallpaper and stencils, jewelry, letterpress printing, paintings and other fine artwork, creating an extraordinary resource for the old house owner and/or collector. A silent auction will feature unique items donated by exhibitors as well as restoration and preservation services from San Diego businesses. The Exhibition and Sale will then be open to the general public throughout the weekend Saturday and Sunday, 9:00am to 6:00pm. Entry to the Vendor Exhibition is included with each Home Tour ticket or may be purchased separately for $5.

Our six lectures take place on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Speakers include Dianne Ayres, author of the just released American Arts and Crafts Textiles, the definitive guide on the subject; Martin Peterson, former senior curator for the San Diego Museum of Art, who will speak on San Diego's artists of the period and Paul Duchscherer returns for an encore with the topic of Craftsman Interiors. Tickets for each lecture are $10 for SOHO members and $15 for non-members.

On Saturday evening join SOHO's Board of Directors and event lecturers for a terrace reception of wine and hors d'oeuvres, and a private tour of the Marston House. This exclusive event at the San Diego Historical Society's Marston House will be a very special evening. This home was built in 1905 for George Marston, prominent San Diego merchant, philanthropist and civic leader, who was a founder and first president of the San Diego Historical Society. The George White and Anna Gunn Marston house is an early example of the work of San Diego architects William Hebbard and Irving Gill. Furnished in the style of the American Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th century, the interior reflects the architects' commitment to function and simplicity of design. Five acres of landscaped grounds offer a picturesque blend of English Romantic themes with California influences. This event is co-sponsored by SOHO and the San Diego Historical Society and will benefit both SOHO and the Friends of the Marston House. Tickets for the Saturday night Private Tour and Reception fundraiser are $25 for SOHO members and $30 for non-members. Attendance is limited and it is advised you reserve your tickets early.

The Craftsman Home Tour is on Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The homes this year are an eclectic collection demonstrating individual personalities, from the restrained to pure artistic expression, from designer to the highly intact and original. They are all very different from each other and yet they share one commonality, which is that they each clearly bear the stamp of the people who live there, people who have decided to make their home a reflection of their own personality and passions. These homes show that taste and design are not dependent on the dictates of fashion but are intrinsically individual qualities. The six restored properties, which are in Mission Hills and Bankers Hill, include important work by architects Emmor Brooke Weaver; Hazel Wood Waterman; and Louis Gill.

Tourgoers will pick up their tickets at the exhibition hall, the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal, where they then have the option to either drive themselves or the more relaxing choice to take the trolley provided free from home to home. This is a roving trolley service so that guests may get off and on at their leisure.

Advance Home Tour tickets are $20 for SOHO members, $28 for non-members, and may be purchased in advance until February 21. Tickets sold on the day of the tour are $22 for SOHO members and $30 for non-members and Tour ticket quantities are limited. Tickets will be held in Will Call, no tickets will be mailed out.

A One-Price Weekend pass is available to SOHO members for $110 and to non-members for $150, a more than 15% savings overall. This pass includes the Exhibition and Sale, all six lectures, the Historic Home tour, and the two parties during the Weekend.

2003 - Volume 34, Issue 1

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