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In 2014, the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Morris Plains invites you to join in celebrating their 25th anniversary as a museum with a weekend of events happening Friday-Sunday, April 4 to 6.
Friday, April 4, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
25th Anniversary Kick-Off Party
Dessert Reception, Live Music by the Aubrey Anne Trio and the Shop's Exclusive United Crafts Sale
Free Admission, RSVP online or by calling 973-540-0311.
Friday, April 4, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
with a Member's Preview at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, April 5 - 6, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
United Crafts Sale
The Museum Shop's Exclusive Sale of All Remaining United Crafts Stock
Free Admission. (Please RSVP for Friday evening).
Saturday & Sunday, April 5-6, 11:00 a.m.
"Mr. Stickley's Textiles" Tours
$5 Members, $12 Non-Members
Registration required online or by calling 973-540-0311.
Saturday & Sunday, April 5 - 6
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
25th Anniversary Open House in the Log House and North Cottage
Featuring Spotlight Talks, Demonstrations and the Shop's Exclusive United Crafts Sale
Standard Admission (free to members).
Holiday Trunk Show
Opens Friday November 29
Shop Thursday to Sunday through December 15
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Our 6th annual Holiday Trunk Show will kick-off Friday, November 29. The Trunk Show features a carefully selected collection of finely crafted gifts, including handmade jewelry, specially designed Arts & Crafts style pillows and pottery, Craftsman lighting, gorgeous textiles, and exquisite block prints.
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Design for Living Weekend
October 5 - 6
Emerging Scholars Symposium: Design for Living
Saturday, October 5
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Now in its 3rd year, this conference, sponsored by Leigh Ann and Bruce Johnson, seeks to support and secure the future of rigorous scholarship in areas related to the Arts and Crafts movement. Held in partnership with the American Fine and Decorative Arts Program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the conference also seeks to connect worthy up-and-coming scholars to an audience that shares an interest in their research.
Special Guest Lecturers:
Nancy E. Green, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Suzanne L. Flynt, Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield, Massachusetts
Diana Greenwold, Ph.D. candidate, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley
John Paul Murphy, Ph.D. candidate, Art History, Northwestern University
David Sledge, History of Art M.A., Williams College
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Design for Living Gala
Saturday, October 5 at 6 p.m
Mountain Lakes Club, Mountain Lakes, NJ
Join us for cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, live music and the camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts and supporters. This year we are honoring:
New Jersey Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce
Jasmine Lim, Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills
With a special tribute to Alex DeCroce, friend and Museum Trustee for 10 years.
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Ruth Cruess Glesmann Memorial Walkway Dedication
Sunday, October 6
This year’s Friends Open House will kick off with the dedication of the Ruth Cruess Glesmann Memorial Walkway. We invite you to join a very special gathering of Stickley descendents for a champagne toast and ribbon cutting ceremony at the Education Building at 11 a.m.
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Friends Open House
Sunday, October 6
Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Visit The Stickley Museum on Sunday, October 6 during the Design for Living Weekend for our annual Friends Open House. From noon to 4 p.m. stroll through the Log House at your own pace. Docents will be stationed throughout the house to answer questions.
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Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!
Saturday, September 28
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
The Stickley Museum is glad to once again participate in Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! Download your ticket for The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, present it at our Museum Shop, and enjoy free admission on Saturday, September 28th. Guided tours depart hourly from 12:15 - 3:15.
An Evening with Pamela Becker
Saturday, April 20
Pamela Becker's week long residency at Craftsman Farms culminated with a special program offered free to our members and members of the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey, where Becker has been actively involved for many years.
Becker's presentation reflected on her residency and discussed her process. She spoke about where she's found inspiration in the past and how Craftsman Farms will inspire future work.
"Stoddard, Durant and the Great Camps of the Gilded Age"
Lecture by Jeffrey Flagg
Sunday, March 10
On March 10, Jeffrey Flagg, Assistant Director of Great Camp Sagamore, visited Craftsman Farms for a lecure about the Great Camps of the Adirondacks.
Flagg's presentation, entitled "Stoddard, Durant and the Great Camps of the Gilded Age," focused on the history of Great Camp Sagamore, establishing its context within the era of Great Camps and discussing the contributions of William West Durant, who as Flagg states "is widely considered to be the father of ... 'Adirondack Rustic' architecture."
The lecture featured photos from well-known Adirondack photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard, whom Durant hired to photograph the Camp.
Off Site Event:
The Stickley Museum at GPI
At the Grove Park Inn Arts and Crafts Conference in Asheville, NC
GPI Kick-Off Party
The Grovewood Cafe
Thursday, February 21, 2013
We kicked off the Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Conference a day early with an evening of casual fun at the annual Craftsman Farms Banquet. This popular event held in the Homespun Shops of Biltmore Industries, just steps from GPI, included a cocktail hour at the Grovewood Gallery with a selection of locally brewed beers and dinner in the Grovewood Café, the original woodworking shop, which included many regional treats like fried North Carolina trout, hush puppies, smoked pork loin with coffee molasses BBQ sauce, Texas caviar (black-eyed peas, red wine vinegar, jalapeños and green beans), spiced shrimp, and blackened chicken.
Guest speaker Ann Chaves, textile designer, teacher, and the owner of Inglenook Textiles, shared beautiful examples of Arts and Crafts textiles from Britain and Europe in her talk, "Textile Design Beyond America." Previously, she produced and presented a live fashion show as part of the 20th anniversary GPI conference. Ann was curator for the exhibition "The Art and Craft of Textile Design 1860-1920" at the Pasadena Museum of History in 2009 and wrote its accompanying catalog.
Net proceeds from the Annual GPI Banquet directly support the educational programs and operations of the Stickley Museum.
Great Hall Exhibition: 1910s Style: Viewing Fashion at Craftsman Farms
This Great Hall exhibition, 1910s Style: Viewing Fashion at Craftsman Farms, featured color images from the exhibition, Styling an American Family: The 1910s at Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Farms, paired with the ephemera that inspired it. Styling an American Family was a large scale exhibition featuring fashions from Syracuse University's Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection, on view at the Stickley Museum from September 8, 2012 through January 6, 2013. The case exhibition in the Great Hall will offer those who could not travel to Craftsman Farms an opportunity to glimpse the lifelike scenes from the original exhibition. It will also offer new insights into the source material that served as inspiration for the vignettes that were included. For those who would like to learn more, the a tri-fold, Styling an American Family: The 1910s at Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Farms, produced by Syracuse University Press, and a catalogue featuring 1910s Style: Viewing Fashion at Craftsman Farms will also be available at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms' booth.
Small Group Discussion
Saturday, February 23
In conjunction with the exhibition in the Great Hall, the museum hosted a lively Small Group Discussion led by Pete Mars, Vice President of the Craftsman Farms Foundation Board of Trustees and chair of the Education Committee, about fashion and furnishings design in 1910s America.
Set within the interiors of Stickley’s masterpiece, the Log House at Craftsman Farms, this innovative fashion exhibition imagined the life of an American upper middle class family moving from a fast paced life in Syracuse to bucolic Morris Plains, as the Stickley family did in 1911. The exhibition brings the human form back into Stickley’s idyllic home and offers a glimpse into American upper-middle-class fashion, social history and ettiquette of the 1910s. A collaboration with Syracuse University’s Department of Design, the exhibition featured the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection and encompassed thirty-five figures within nine environmental vignettes, including a vignette inspired by Barbara Stickley’s wedding day.
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"Money, Beauty, Power: The Transformation of Taste in America's Gilded Age"
Lecture by Ulysses Grant Dietz
Thursday, October 25
While the museum's Styling an American Family exhibition was on view, Ulysses Grant Dietz, the Newark Museum's Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Collections, presented his related lecture, entitled "Money, Beauty, Power: The Transformation of Taste in America's Gilded Age." A reception followed.
Mr. Dietz, who is known for his enlightening and engaging lectures, considered the years between 1865 and 1915, when America became the most powerful economy in the world.
Regarding his subject matter, Mr. Dietz states, "The enormous fortunes that appeared during and in the aftermath of the Civil War forever transformed the way the nation's rich would design, decorate and furnish their houses. Where does Gustav Stickley and Craftsman Farms fit into the picture? The answer may surprise you."
Two for Tea Open House
Saturday, November 10
The Stickley Museum invited visitors to bring a friend and dress in your vintage finest! During this event, visitors could chat over a cup of tea in our education room and browse the shop for exhibition-inspired items, then enjoy a take-your-time exploration of the 8 vignettes—addressing early 20th century travel, weddings, motoring, visiting and more—that make up the Styling an American Family exhibition. Docents gave brief, informative "spotlight talks," featuring a different vignette, every half hour.
Style Weekend Events
Conference: Styling an American Family: Tastemaking in the 1910s and Beyond
at The Wilson School in Mountain Lakes, NJ
Saturday, October 6
On Sat. Oct. 6, in conjunction with the exhibition, Styling an American Family, the Stickley Museum hosted a full-day conference focused on tastemaking in America in the 1910s. The conference considered the contributions and legacy of a broad spectrum of tastemakers, including designers, artisans, artists, editors and museum curators, during this profoundly significant era in American design history.
The first two speakers addressed the strategic efforts of early 20th century tastemakers to fuel and establish a uniquely American design identity. Jeffrey Mayer, curator of the Styling an American Family exhibition, put the spotlight on fashion and Ann Tartsinis offered a broader cultural viewpoint. Then we turned our focus to one distinct facet of this effort with Rosalie Berberian’s presentation that looked at the development of American Arts and Crafts jewelry and the efforts of artisans to bring art and beauty into the lives of the citizenry. Finally, Melissa Leventon brought us full circle, with a lecture on artwear that considered the legacy of these 1910s tastemakers through the emergence of a revival in American handcraft in the latter half of the 20th century.
Black Tie Gala at the Mountain Lakes Club
Saturday, October 6
Our biggest event of the year benefited the education programs of the Stickley Museum with silent and live auctions, as well as cocktails, dinner, and dancing.
Sunday, October 7
This delicious champagne brunch in the museum’s Education Room featured an opportunity to visit the Styling an American Family exhibition with its curator, Jeff Mayer for an insightful talk, including behind-the-scenes details about two of the eight exhibition vignettes.
Styling an American Family Open House
Sunday, October 7
We suspended regular tours for the day and offered a special Open House focused on the fashion exhibition. During this event, visitors enjoyed a take-your-time exploration of the 8 vignettes—addressing early 20th century travel, weddings, motoring, visiting and more—that make up the Styling an American Family exhibition. Docents gave brief, informative "spotlight talks," featuring a different vignette, every half hour. The North Cottage was also open for the day.
Fall Family Day
Saturday, September 22
On Saturday, September 22 The Stickley Museum hosted its annual harvest festival, Fall Family Day. Our biggest family program of the year welcomed fall with hayrides, pumpkin painting, and “Square Dancing with Sue,” featuring live music and Family Day favorite Sue Dupre, as our square dance caller. Children of all ages were invited to try old-fashioned cider pressing and handcrafts such as woodworking, pottery, knitting, and embroidery. Activities like a scavenger hunt around the grounds, the popular Cow Balloon craft, and old-fashioned carnival-style games and races rounded out our celebration. Many families arrived early for a picnic on the grounds and enjoyed tasty fall treats like cider, cider doughnuts, and delicious boxed lunches, for sale at the Apple Spice Junction booth.
Exhibition Opening Reception
Saturday, September 8
"Styling an American Family: the 1910s at Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Farms" opened September 8th with a sold out evening reception that included a viewing of the exhibition in the Log House, a curator’s lecture by Jeffrey Mayer in the Museum’s education building, and light reception on the front porch.
Exhibition curator Jeffrey Mayer, an associate professor and program coordinator of fashion design at SU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, selected the garments in Styling an American Family from the fashion design program’s Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection, which he also curates.
Read our blog and check out our Facebook photo album for more about this fashionable evening.
Artist-In-Residence: Sharon Pitts
Sunday, July 22 – Sunday, July 29
On July 22 the Stickley Museum welcomed Sharon Pitts for a weeklong residency at Craftsman Farms. It is the second year the museum invited an artist or artisan whose work is inspired by Stickley’s Arts and Crafts legacy to create new work during a weeklong stay. The residency culminated with a program which unveiled the work Pitts produced during her time at Craftsman Farms. "An Evening with Sharon Pitts," part of the Celebration of Artisans, was held on Saturday, July 28. See event detail below for more information. You can read more about Sharon's residency on our blog.
The paintings of this year’s Artist-in-Residence Sharon Pitts are based on themes derived from nature and can be found in numerous private and corporate collections. Pitts is the Director of Watercolor for Allied Artists of America. She resides in Montclair, NJ in an Arts and Crafts-style house and is a founding member of Studio Montclair. An experienced instructor, Pitts has taught workshops all over the country, hosted several painting trips to the south of France and will be hosting a trip to Tuscany in 2012.
A Celebration of Artisans!
Saturday, July 28
Bookcase project unveiling & An Evening with Sharon Pitts
On Saturday, July 28 we unveiled new works and celebrated several types of wonderful artistry and outstanding accomplishments.
The evening began with the official unveiling of the Living Room bookcases; the culmination of a multi-year project focused on interpreting all of the open American chestnut bookcases in the Log House Living Room. This evening formally recognized the consortium of donors, scholars, and craftsman who dedicated themselves to seeing the project through.
Following the unveiling, our 2012 Artist-in-Residence, Sharon Pitts revealed her latest work, produced during her week-long residency at Craftsman Farms. “An Evening with Sharon Pitts,” featured a watercolor demonstration by Pitts and a discussion of the work produced during her stay. The evening's programs were followed by a light reception.
Watercolor Workshop with Sharon Pitts
Art of Nature: Inspiration from the Stickley Museum and Craftsman Farms
Saturday, July 21
Our 2012 Artist-in-Residence, Sharon Pitts launched her residency by leading a watercolor workshop for adults of all skill levels on Saturday, July 21. The workshop, entitled “Art of Nature: Inspiration from Craftsman Farms,” encouraged participants to find inspiration in the Craftsman Farms’ buildings, furnishings, décor and the natural surroundings. The morning began with a tour of the grounds and log house, during which participants looked for interesting images and themes to inspire their work. Then they worked diligently to create paintings based those ideas and on the Arts and Crafts ideas used by Stickley in developing his home.
In describing the workshop, Pitts wrote, “In the morning we will stroll around the grounds to find our individual inspiration, make sketches, or take photographs then bring our ideas into the studio and make work based on what we discover. Students will benefit from the stimulating ideas of the group and be encouraged to express their creativity.” Pitts, an experienced watercolor artist and instructor, demonstrated a variety of techniques and worked individually with each student toward expressing his or her own vision.
Saturday, June 9
Two extraordinary woodworkers who followed in Stickley's footsteps were the focus of this journey. We first met in New Hope, PA for a tour of the home and (still active) studio of George Nakashima. Like his furniture, this site emanates elegance, quiet grace, and thoughtful attention to detail. It was first developed in the 1950s and came to include several buildings—a Studio, Showroom, and Reception House among them. The tour included the grounds and several buildings on site. After a delicious lunch at the Cock 'n Bull Restaurant in Peddler's village, we toured the hilltop studio/residence, now a museum, of wood sculptor Wharton Esherick. A sculptor who worked primarily in wood, Esherick lived, worked, and shaped every detail in this astonishing hilltop studio/residence. Filled with marvelous features—large, small, and at every turn—the museum conveys his expert hand, delightful vision, and passion for the site.
Sunday, June 3
Lecture: "The Tobey Furniture Company: A Brief History" by Pat Bartinique
In conjunction with the new book of the same name, co-author Pat Bartinique discussed the company’s history, its part in the Arts and Crafts Movement and its relation to the Stickleys. The lecture was followed by a book signing and reception.
This annual event has become a rewarding opportunity for both participants and sponsors. Participants showed their support of the Stickley Museum while enjoying a day on one of New Jersey’s finest courses. Event sponsors help sustain the educational programs and operations of the museum with their sponsorship dollars, while in turn the Museum highlights the sponsoring companies at the event, and in publications mailed to Museum supporters all over the nation.
In celebration of National Tourism Week, The Stickley Museum, as well as nine other participating institutions in Morris County, opened our doors and waived admission fees for one day only. Over 200 visitors enjoyed this opportunity to explore the Log House as an Open House, strolling through at their own pace. Docents were stationed throughout the house to answer visitors' questions. This annual event is sponsored by the Morris County Alliance for Tourism.
The Stickley Museum hosted its annual springtime celebration, Spring Family Day on May 5. The grounds were filled with fun family activities including pony rides and Maypole dancing. Other activities included the cakewalk, the bubble station, old-fashioned games, 3-legged races, sack races, and trying other period activities like walking on tin can stilts. Visitors had the opportunity to stroll through the Open House at the Stickley Museum at their own pace. The Apple Spice Junction booth had lunch, cupcakes, and lemonade available for purchase. Admission included pony rides, games, Maypole, cakewalk, bubble station, Open House and many more fun activities. Cakewalk prize sponsors were Atlanta Bread and Apple Spice Junction.
The 2nd Annual Emerging Scholars Symposium, a partnership with the American Fine and Decorative Art Program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, was held at the Stickley Museum on Friday, April 20. The 2012 Symposium, established to support the scholarship of graduate students and recently graduated scholars, featured papers by four emerging scholars. The Symposium welcomed special guest, distinguished scholar Martin Eidelberg, who has published extensively on the American Arts and Crafts movement and Art Nouveau, with particular emphasis on American ceramics and the work of Louis C. Tiffany. In conversation with Dr. Jonathan Clancy, Program Director of the American Fine and Decorative Art Program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Eidelberg discussed his work and upcoming projects, how scholarship has evolved and where it’s going.
Scholars were invited to submit papers on this year’s Symposium theme, taken from the title of an Ernest Batchelder article in The Craftsman (August 1909): “The American Arts and Crafts Movement: Work or Play.” The article addresses a question central to the Arts and Crafts movement: Was it simply a pre-industrial vision, a dream embraced by the upper-middle class and made possible by modern technology, or was it a viable force to shape industrial production? Rather than seeking to answer to this question, the Symposium sought to illustrate the wide diversity of approaches to craft available within the movement.
This spring, the Morris Museum introduced an exciting new lecture series that explores the intersection of art, history and science through stimulating topics and speakers that are certain to spark curiosity and discovery. On April 12, Donna Grant Reilly, author of An American Proceeding: Building the Grant House with Frank Lloyd Wright and Peter Mars, a member of the Board of Trustees at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, and furniture and home product designer, spoke about the impact of the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Gustav Stickley.
Second Annual Stickley Design Invitational
On Sat., March 31 the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms welcomed a group of talented architecture and interior design students representing 12 New Jersey high schools to the Second Annual Stickley Design Invitational. The Invitational, a free, full-day program is a partnership between the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms and the Robert Busch School of Design at Kean University. It was begun in 2011 during the museum’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Log House at Craftsman Farms.
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An Electric Evening
This program brought the ideas explored in the Stickley Museum’s exhibition “Mr. Stickley’s Lighting,” from the 25th Annual Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Conference, home to Craftsman Farms. Mark Weaver and Pete Mars, who led a Small Group Discussion about the exhibition during the conference, joined forces again for this special evening program.
The program began with the return of Pete Mars’ Twilight Tour. Part of the Fresh Eyes Tour Series, this sold-out tour, gave participants a glimpse of evening life during the time the Stickleys were in residence at the Log House. As a working farm with electricity, Craftsman Farms was decades ahead of 90% of rural farms in the United States. This tour explored the history of the development of electric lighting, in the context of Craftsman Farms, and the features of the Log House design that shine most beautifully in the evening light.
The evening continued with Mark Weaver’s lecture “Mr. Stickley’s Lighting.” Weaver, who is a contributor to the exhibition catalog of the same name, shed light on the theory behind Gustav Stickley's approach to developing his domestic lighting fixtures and answered some of our most burning questions: What were the aesthetic and scientific reasons behind the dimly lit Craftsman home interior? What was the Nernst light? How many different fuels did Stickley's lighting fixtures employ?
If you missed this luminous evening, not to worry! Check out this video for educational excerpts of the Twilight Tour. Courtesy of David Lowden.
Our annual Holiday Trunk Show kicked off on Friday, November 25 (Black Friday), and continued each weekend through Sunday, December 11. The Holiday Trunk Show is a wonderful opportunity to support the crafters while finding unique holiday gifts.
During this event, the Log House was festooned for the holidays in period style, with a focus on the home's forest palette and bringing nature indoors.This event also provided a peek into Christmas preparations that would have been typical for a family like the Stickleys, including the blending of Victorian traditions with more modern trends.
took place on Saturday, December 10. This fun-filled program for the whole family, a collaboration with Kids Club THIRTEEN, featured a visit from special guests The Berenstain Bears (courtesy of Kids Club THIRTEEN) and timeless outdoor winter fun. Activities included old-fashioned toys such as tin-can stilts, pinecone birdfeeders and other crafts, spoon and ice races, and a scavenger hunt around the grounds.
October 15 &16
The Catch the Spark weekend was the grand finale of a yearlong celebration of Craftsman Farms' 100th year. The weekend kicked off on Saturday, October 15, with the Forging Ahead Forum, a full-day symposium held at the Community Church of Mountain Lakes in Mountain Lakes, NJ. The Forum marked the finale of the centennial by seeking to forge ahead into a new century and forecast an Arts & Crafts vision for the next 100 years. The Forum was followed by the Catch the Spark gala held on the evening of October 15 at the Mountain Lakes Club.
The festivities continued on Sunday, October 16, with a ticketed brunch plus a Centennial Open House, open to all. Michael Adams and Dawn Hopkins of Aurora Studios were onsite during the Open House to demonstrate their extraordinary work. Noted Stickley Scholar, David Cathers, was here for a book-signing. The Open House featured two special Centennial Tours of Craftsman Farms led by Pete Mars and the North Cottage was open to visitors for the day.
Our ongoing centennial celebration continued with Farms Afield II. Last January’s Centennial Farms Afield took us to New York City for lunch in Stickley’s former Craftsman Building on East 38th Street. For the sequel, we journeyed to Stickley’s original home base, Syracuse, New York for a one-of-a-kind two-day expedition.
Traveling by chartered bus, we departed from Craftsman Farms on Firday at 7:00 a.m. and arrived in Syracuse in time for lunch. Afterward we made our first stop in Manlius, New York at L. & J.G. Stickley, Inc. We experienced the continuing tradition of “earnest furniture-making” on a factory tour and then made a visit to the corporate museum of L. & J.G. Stickley Inc., located in the original L. & J.G. Stickley Factory. With Museum Director Gregory Vadney on hand, we explored the company’s proud century-long history of furniture making. In the late afternoon, we headed to beautiful Skaneateles Lake.
Our Friday adventure was completed with a relaxing dinner cruise provided by Mid-Lakes Navigation, which is owned and operated by descendants of the Stickley Family. We enjoyed a fine dinner as we cruise the lake on the Barbara S. Wiles, named for Gustav Stickley’s oldest daughter.
Following dinner we made our way to the Craftsman Inn. Our final stop for the day, the Craftsman Inn is decorated throughout with Craftsman-inspired Stickley furniture & appointments.
We began Saturday with a visit to Dalton’s American Decorative Arts. We were treated to light breakfast fare by our hosts, Debbie Goldwein and Dave Rudd who are principals of this lovely Arts and Crafts gallery (Dave is also a trustee of the Craftsman Farms Foundation). Afterward, Dave and Bill Bowen were our guides for an outstanding driving tour of Syracuse, including an opportunity to see the Stickleys’ Columbus Avenue home (which is not available for tours) and a stop at Morningside Cemetery where Gustav Stickley was buried.
The Everson Museum was our final stop on the trip. Our group was treated to a tour with Head Curator Deb Ryan and to viewings of the museum’s Arts & Crafts gallery and their collection of American Art Pottery, which includes a diverse grouping of 2000 hand-crafted ceramics and commercial ware.
The Stickley Seminar, a free docent training course, was held on five Saturday mornings throughout the summer. The course was begun on Sat., June 25, and prepared potential docents to give tours in the fall.
This special reception featured a presentation and booksigning by Mark Hewitt, author of The Vintage House: A Guide to Successful Renovations and Additions. The event also honored members of the Craftsman Guild and included the unveiling of the 2010 Craftsman Guild plaque.
Laura Wilder’s weeklong Artist’s Residency began with two full-day Block Printing Workshops on Saturday and Sunday. In each of these workshops, students carved two linoleum blocks and practiced printing with a wooden spoon, to create a set of two-color note cards. Laura demonstrated the steps, and as students worked, she told stories of triumph and tragedy.
Laura’s artist’s residency culminated on Saturday June 11, with a special evening, featuring an unveiling of the “Craftsman Farms” block print created during her stay, a mini-printmaking demonstration, and an informal reception and exhibition of her work.
The Stickley Museum joined with nine historic sites and museums throughout Morris
County to invite the public to Be Our Guest in celebration of National Tourism Week. For this event, the Stickley Museum welcomed visitors to stroll the Log House at their own pace, with docents stationed throughout to answer questions. Guests were encouraged to contribute a non-perishable food item in lieu of the normal admission fees. More than 700 lbs of food ws collected for the Interfaith Food Pantry in addition to cash donations for the Front Line Fund benefiting Morris County military families. The event was sponsored by the Morris County Tourism Bureau.
Despite the rain a nice crowd turned out to particiapte in the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms' annual springtime celebration. The grounds were filled with fun family activities including pony rides and Maypole dancers. Other activities included the cakewalk, the bubble station, old-fashioned games, 3-legged races, sack races, and trying other period activities like walking on tin can stilts. Visitors had the opportunity to stroll through the Open House at the Stickley Museum at their own pace. The Apple Spice Junction booth had lunch, cupcakes, and lemonade available for purchase. Admission included pony rides, games, Maypole, cakewalk, bubble station, Open House and many more fun activities. Cakewalk prize sponsors were Atlanta Bread and Apple Spice Junction. In honor of Arbor Day, the Township of Parsippany provided seedling trees to departing families.
On Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms welcomed Patricia Reid Herold, author of Mountain Lakes 1911- 2011: One Hundred Years of Community, a project of the Mountain Lakes Historic Preservation Committee, for her lecture Six Degrees of Separation: Gustav Stickley, Herbert Hapgood and the Mountain Lakes’ Craftsman Way. In 1908, Gustav Stickley and Herbert Hapgood, developer of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, both were negotiating the purchase of large parcels of Morris County property, just six miles apart. Three years later, in 1911, their ambitious projects — Stickley’s Craftsman Farms and Hapgoods’ Mountain Lakes Residential Park — were ready for occupancy. The houses Hapgood built in Mountain Lakes were clearly Craftsman influenced, but with a twist. A century later, we examined Gustav Stickley’s influence on the community born at the same time as his Craftsman Farms. A book signing and reception will followed the lecture.
Patricia Reid Herold is the author of New Jersey Arts, a guide to New Jersey’s arts world. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Metropolitan Home, New Jersey Monthly and numerous other publications. Her articles helped call attention to Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Farms during the time it was under threat of development as a townhouse community. She moved to Mountain Lakes in 1963, is a graduate of Mountain Lakes High School and Stanford University. She is a member of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
This exciting full-day design challenge was a partnership with the Robert Busch School of Design at Kean University, for high school and community college students with a serious interest in interior design and architecture.
We are pleased to announce that students participating in the 2011 Invitational represented the following high schools and colleges:
Franklin High School
Kittatinny Regional High School
Livingston High School
Montclair High School
Morristown High School
Mountain Lakes High School
New Providence Hgh School
West Orange High School
County College of Morris
Essex County College
Raritan Valley Community College
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This exciting symposium, a partnership with the American Fine and Decorative Art Program at Sotheby's Institute of Art, was dedicated to supporting, stimulating, and encouraging the work of up-and-coming scholars. Presentations critically addressed the thought, intention, and production of objects in the Arts and Crafts movement. A reception followed the presentations.
Please join us in congratulating the following up-and-coming scholars (pictured above) whose papers were selected and presented.
Helen Burnam, PhD Candidate, The Graduate Center, City University of New York:
“Interpreting the Arts and Crafts in Seattle Public Schools, 1907-1917”
Tim Andreadis, Lois F. McNeil Fellow, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture:
“Meaning in Materials: The Importance of Oak in Arts and Crafts Furniture”
Sally Anne Huxtable, PhD, Senior Research Assistant, Department of Arts, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Northumbria University: “To These Belong the World and the Future:
Harvey Ellis, Illustration and the Craftsman Magazine”
Adrienne Spinozzi, Research Associate, Department of American Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art: "Inside the Decorator's Studio: Insights on Newcomb Pottery's Sadie Irvine.“
Jessica Dandona, Director, Dishman Art Museum, Assistant Professor of Art History Lamar University: “Extraordinary Atrocities: The Fate of French Art Nouveau in the Craftsman”
Erin Leary, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Rochester: “Not Just a Walk in the Garden: Nativist Works in the American Arts and Crafts Movement”
Mary Urban, M.A., Sotheby’s Institute of Art: “No Touch of the Feminine or Trivial: the Work of Elizabeth Eaton Burton”
Veronica Conkling, Assistant Researcher, Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, Smithsonian Institution: “The Unmistakable Signs of the Arts and Crafts in Grant Wood's Art Colonies: Insights in The Craftsman"
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SPRING MEMBERS' RECEPTION
Our annual members reception spotlit David Lowden’s presentation “Gustav Stickley’s Debt to England: The Influences of Morris, Ruskin, Ashbee, Voysey and Baillie Scott.” Southland Log Homes CEO Ken Sekley was on hand to unveil a handmade, detailed, scale model of the Log House. A reception followed the presentations.
Our archives show that the Stickley family knew how to give parties and have fun, so we made this a pull-out-all-the-stops fun time. This evening of casual fun took place in the Greenwood cafe, located in the Homespun Shops of Biltmore Industries, just steps from GPI. The Biltmore Industries were established in 1901 under the patronage of George Vanderbilt and direction of his wife, Edith, owners of the grand Biltmore Estate, to provide the youth of the Asheville area an opportunity "to become productive and useful citizens" through training in the creation of fine handmade crafts. This seemed like a truly appropriate message as we celebrated the centennial of Craftsman Farms.
The evening began in the Automobile Museum which opened just for us at 6:00p.m. on Thursday night. Then we walked to the Homespun Museum next door, followed by a visit to the Grovewood Gallery for cocktail hour, appetizers, and a chance to admire and purchase local crafts. Representatives from Southwood Log Homes unveiled a handmade scale model of the Log House.
Next we strolled to the Grovewood cafe to dine in what was originally the woodworking shop, where Bruce Johnson told us more about the background of Biltmore Industries and how it became Greenwood Gallery, Cafe, and Museum. we were thrilled when he presented us with a $5,000 education grant from the Arts & Crafts Research Fund.
To liven it up even more, "Country Farm," a North Carolina bluegrass string-band performed toe-tapping music throughout the evening. David Higgs of Nashville radio station WPLN says of Country Farm, "You guys know how to have fun...You are all superb musicians...But you are all just wonderful entertainers as well. You put a smile on my face and got me excited once again about the entertainment value of bluegrass music."
We wrapped up the fun evening when the Stickley family gathered to cut a cake that was made to look like the Log House. Net proceeds from the Annual Banquet directly support the maintenance and operations of the Stickley Museum. Many thanks to all who participated!
Like Craftsman Farms, the nearby community of Mountain Lakes, NJ is celebrating a
Centennial in 2011. Envisioned by engineer Lewis Van Duyne and executed by Herbert Hapgood, the community of Mountain Lakes included homes that were inspired by the the Arts and Crafts Movement, which was then at its height in popularity, and the home designs produced by Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Architects. In 1911, the same year the Stickleys took residence in the Log House, the first families moved into Mountain Lakes, a community which today retains its historic identity and character.
In honoring our linked history and mutual Centennial Celebrations the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms hosted a special Mountain Lakes Day featuring:
- Hourly tours of the Stickley Museum, 11:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. FREE for all Mountain Lakes residents.
- Special Tours of the Stickley Museum at 1:00 and 3:00, “Mountain Lakes and Craftsman Farms: Shared History” FREE for all Mountain Lakes residents.
- Book signing from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. with Patricia Reid Herold, author of Mountain Lakes 1911-2011: One Hundred Years of Community, a project of the Mountain Lakes Historic Preservation Committee.
- Dessert Reception at 2:30 hosted by Tom and Mary Menard.
Dr. Jonathan Clancy, Programme Director of American Fine & Decorative Art at Sotheby's Institute of Art, led our group tour through the exhibition The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Travelling by chartered bus to New York City, our first stop was be 5 East 38th Street, the site of Stickley's former Craftsman Building. Though primarily inaccessible office space today, the 1st floor of this historic building houses the restaurant BUtterfield 8, a quintessential New York restaurant and lounge. During lunch in a private room at BUtterfield 8 we learned about Stickley’s enterprising use of this building.
Following lunch we headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to tour the exhibition The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs, on its final day. Dr. Clancy guided the group through the Rohlfs exhibition, which included fifty pieces of the distinctive "artistic furniture" and related objects produced by the workshop of Charles Rohlfs (American, 1853-1936) in Buffalo, New York. Rohlfs’ unusually inventive forms and imaginative carving combined many influences, from the abstract naturalism of Art Nouveau to the bold forms of the Arts and Crafts movement. Participants also had time for further exploration of the museum, including the extraordinary Ellison collection of American art pottery.
Dr. Jonathan Clancy’s current research interest examines Transcendentalism as a cultural phenomenon and explores its effect on American fine and decorative arts. Recently, he has lectured and published on a variety of subjects including: the Arts and Crafts movement in America, Martin Johnson Heade and the Hudson River School, and American art pottery. He is co-author of The Beauty of Common Things: American Art Pottery from the Two Red Roses Foundation (2008) and contributed the text to Warman’s Rookwood Pottery (2008). Clancy received his Ph.D from The Graduate Center, City University of New York and his BA from Rutgers University
Opening Weekend with Members Preview Friday Morning Opening on the busiest shopping day of the year and continuing all weekend, our 3rd Annual Trunk show featured one-of-a-kind, finely crafted, handmade gifts. A partial list of the participants included: THE ARTS AND CRAFTS PRESS; JIM WEBB of STUDIO 233; MOTAWI TILEWORKS; ZACHARY BLOOM of ACCENTS IN BLOOM JEWELRY; DOOR POTTERY; MATT OLIAN’S GLASS WORK; ARCHIVE EDITIONS’ TEXTILES; GLITTER HOUSE; UNI-ART; EARBOBS; and JOSH BACH. Members got a first look at this year’s show at the Members Preview on Friday, November 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. The preview was by invitation only. The Holiday Trunk Show then opened to the public at 11 a.m. on "Black Friday" and continued from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for three weekends through December 12.
Open House and Trunk Show Joint holidays events: the Holiday Trunk Show and the Holiday Open House at the Stickley Museum highlighted handcrafts and offered guests an old-fashioned holiday welcome.
For the Holiday Open House, a Craftsman Farms tradition, the Log House was lighted by candles and festooned with period-appropriate decorations, holiday greenery, poinsettias, and, of course, a beautiful Christmas tree, which The Craftsman described as “the symbol of Christmas happiness.” Visitors had the opportunity to stroll the museum at their own pace, while docents, stationed throughout, were on hand to answer questions. The Open House featured the exhibition Mr. Stickley's Restaurant and a vintage postcard exhibition. Handcraft demonstrations, inspired by the Crafters Trunk Show (see above), were held on the porch. Featured performances by Pianist John Baratta, and a performance by Joyful Noise Handbell Choir from the First Presbyterian Church of Whippany.
Visitors from 11 states came together to help us kick off the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Log House at Craftsman Farms. The weekend was an opportunity to “come home” to Craftsman Farms and begin a year of centennial events honoring Stickley’s groundbreaking achievement and celebrating his family’s joyous homecoming.
Gustav Stickley, Joseph Worcester
and the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church
(held at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms)
We began on Friday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. with a pre-symposium lecture at Craftsman Farms. For the 3rd Annual Amy Stahl Memorial Lecture, we welcomed Leslie M. Freudenheim, author of Building with Nature: Inspiration for the Arts and Crafts Home. In her lecture, Gustav Stickley, Joseph Worcester and the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church, Freudenheim explored this National Historic Landmark church, its minister Joseph Worcester, and their connection to Gustav Stickley, who twice featured this church in The Craftsman magazine. A book signing and reception followed the lecture.
The celebratory weekend continued on Saturday, October 16 in collaboration with the Newark Museum’s premiere of the nationally touring exhibition Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement. Over 200 people joined us for a symposium entitled Honest & Beautiful: The Arts & Crafts Home in America presented at the Newark Museum and cosponsored by the Stickley Museum. The lectures included the following: The Victorian Roots of the Arts & Crafts Movement, presented by Ulysses Grant Dietz, Senior Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts, Newark Museum; Gustav Stickley and the Arts & Crafts Home in America, presented by Kevin Tucker, the Margot B. Perot Curator of Decorative Art and Design, Dallas Museum of Art; The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs, presented by Joseph Cunningham, Curator, American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation. A panel discussion with the speakers concluded the program.
The festivities continued through Saturday evening, beginning at 6:00 p.m. with the Craftsman Homecoming Gala at the Mountain Lakes Club in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. The club was filled to capacity as friends joined John H. Bryan, Honorary Chair and event co-chairs Robert C. Burchell and Ann Reynolds for an evening of cocktails, gourmet dinner, and dancing to the music of the Andy Sherwood Trio. The evening included the presentation of the Als Ik Kan Award to John H. Bryan. The gala’s auctioneer was David Rago, well known for his frequent appearances on Antiques Roadshow, and best known to Stickley Museum members as the recipient of the Foundation’s Als Ik Kan Award in 2000.
This event was inspired by a recent, very limited tree harvest designed to return the property to Stickley’s original vision. Beginning at 1:30 pm logs were milled onsite by Richard Plog of Plog’s Woods. Richard Plog set up a Wood-Mizer portable band-saw mill at Craftsman Farms to demonstrate the milling process. This wood, which included a large quantity of Ash and limited amounts of White Oak and Black Walnut, is available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale of this wood will be used to pay for additional education programs and the daily operating expenses of the Stickley Museum. Visitors were invited to view demonstrations any time throughout the afternoon.
At 4:30 the Members’ Reception opened in the education room, with the first of two woodworking demonstrations by extraordinary woodworker Javier Santiago (shown above), of Nest & Company, a home furnishings shop in Montclair, NJ dedicated to the Arts and Crafts movement. Santiago, a graduate of Parsons School of Design, was an artist and graphic designer for several years before discovering woodworking and the Arts and Crafts movement. Now a masterful woodworker, whose furniture has been featured in the Museum’s Holiday Trunk Shows, Santiago combines the traditions and ideals of the early 1900s with his knowledge of woodworking and creative designs. Santiago demonstrated joinery in woodworking, addressing why and how different types of joints are used, from traditional miter, lap, dovetail, dado, and mortis and tenon joints to non-traditional biscuit joints and pocket-hole joinery.
Throughout the Reception, special spotlight tours were held inside the Log House. These tours highlighted two of the Museum’s exciting new furniture acquisitions, the hall settle from the Stickley family home in Syracuse, which arrived at Craftsman Farms last spring and is a beautiful example of Stickley’s use of butterfly joints, and the handsome large chestnut bookcase, original to Craftsman Farms.