Richard Rothbard first began making sculptured furniture and wood accessories in 1967 with a
couple of creative woodworkers in a small Manhattan workshop. Later that year he opened
Impressions of Wood on Lexington Avenue and 65th. One of the first craft galleries in NYC selling
one-of-a-kind furniture and fine crafts. In 1976, Richard & his new wife Joanna closed the
gallery, moved to the country and began exhibiting Richard’s popular and quirky wooden boxes
full-time at craft shows around the country. Boxology is still an important part of Richard’s life
and can be found in his An American Craftsman galleries.
The First Event: Salon de Refuse
In 1980, on behalf of the hundreds of artists who were refused admission to exhibit in the
exclusive Rhinebeck Craft Show, Richard started a new show across the street in a parking lot. It
was a gutsy and disruptive move challenging the American Craft Council. It proved enormously
successful and ran for thirteen years. It was the catalyst for the founding of American Art
Marketing in 1982.
American Art Marketing and its affiliate An American Craftsman Galleries continues to bring the
new generations of artists into the community with its galleries and exciting and modern events
that showcase the top artists across the US & Canada.