A Chat with Herb, Growing Up Wright, An AC Auction, and A Look at Western Design: Your Week at a Glance

compiled by Kate Nixon

Editor’s note: this article has been updated to include information about AC Stickley’s Arts and Crafts Auction this Saturday, March 27th.


This week’s virtual events: (see descriptions below for details)

March 23rd at 12:15pm Pacific- Special Lunchtime Virtual Lecture with Riordan Mansion: A Chat with Director Herb Stratford
March 25th at 7:00 pm Eastern: “Growing Up in a Frank Lloyd Wright House” with Kim Bixler
March 27th at 12:00pm Eastern: “A More Muscular Classicism: The Western World in the Early 19th Century” Hosted by The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
March 27th at 11:00am Pacific (2:00pm Eastern): AC Stickley’s Arts and Crafts Auction

Ongoing exhibitions:

“Victorian Radicals: From Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement” The Nevada Museum of Art – Reno, Nevada. Now showing through May 30th
“Gustave Baumann: Colorful Cuts” The Cleveland Museum of Art – Now showing through Sun, 06/27/2021


Special Lunchtime Virtual Lecture: A Chat with Director Herb Stratford
Hosted through Zoom by Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
March 23rd at 12:15 PM Pacific Standard Time


Flagstaff Arizona’s Riordan Mansion State Park continues its “Lunchtime Lecture” series with two exciting sessions. If you didn’t have the chance to see Herb Stratford talk at last month’s virtual National Arts and Crafts Conference, you can see him again on March 23rd as Riordan Mansion State Historic Park hosts a Lunchtime Lecture with Stratford. Stratford’s feature length documentary Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman is available to stream all through the month of March and Tuesday’s special session will include Herb showing special behind the scenes footage of the documentary and will answer your questions.

First Run Features is now streaming the documentary for a $10 cost and the proceeds will go to organizations involved in continuing Gustav Stickley’s legacy including the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, the Gustav Stickley House Foundation and the Riordan Mansion.

In April, the Riordan Mansion will host another special Lecture, this time providing a virtual Stickley furniture tour of Riordan Mansion. Adrienne Rose will be the docent.

Register here for “A Chat with Herb Stratford”


“Growing Up in a Frank Lloyd Wright House” with author Kim Bixler
Hosted over Zoom and sponsored by the Petit Branch of Onandaga County Public Libraries
March 25th 7:00pm to 8:00pm Eastern Time

Edward E. Boynton House, 16 East Boulevard, Rochester, New York. Design by Frank Lloyd Wright. Image courtesy of WIkimedia Commons.

Hear a first hand account of what it was like to grow up in a Frank Lloyd Wright house when author Kim Bixler joins the Onondaga County Public Librairies for a virtual talk on her book Growing Up in a Frank Lloyd Wright House. Bixler, who can also be seen in the PBS documentary Frank Lloyd Wright’s Boynton House: The Next Hundred Years, grew up in the Boynton house in Rochester, New York – her family owned the house from 1977 to 1994. A graduate of Cornell University, she’s given lectures on several Wright sites and in this special talk on March 25th will reveal the history of the house through a multimedia presentation of family photographs, documents and personal experiences.

For more information and to register, click here: http://onlib.org/events/calendar/growing-frank-lloyd-wright-house-kim-bixler-25197



“A More Muscular Classicism: The Western World in the Early 19th Century” with Jonathan Clancy and Vonda Givens
Hosted over Zoom with The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
March 27th 12:00pm Eastern Time
Saturdays at 1:00 PM EST | March 27 – May 22, 2021


The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms returns this week with part two of their popular Design & History course. This new 9-session course will focus on the history of design as a whole rather than through the lens of the Arts and Crafts movement in an attempt to understand the important elements of the preceding eras according to the class description:

“So while the Arts and Crafts movement appeared to be a new direction in design, it was indebted to the precedents of our collective past, the shared history of design that was understood amongst its manufacturers, designers, and fiercest advocates. This series seeks to recapture those precedents, not to dilute the importance of the movement, but to better understand it, to wrap it properly in the context of the histories from which it emerged so that its contributions – and the meanings which these objects held to contemporaries – become clearer.”

Each session is $25.00 and includes access to a recording of the session on Vimeo. According to Executive Director Vonda Givens, angling the content of the course towards a larger view than the Arts and Crafts style is something different. “When we offered the first six sessions of the class Design & History, we were uncertain how it would be received. Though still tethered to Arts and Crafts, this course marked a significant shift for the museum toward a more comprehensive look at the entire history of design…It will be a total of nine sessions, and we will pick up where we left off, but also take a deeper dive into history, beginning with the influence of ancient Egypt and Greece on Western design.”


AC Stickley’s Arts and Crafts Auction
Hosted by California Historical Design

March 27th 11:00am Pacific Time/2:00pm Eastern Time

Gus Bostrom and California Historical Design will host AC Stickley’s Arts and Crafts Auction Saturday, March 27th at 11:00 AM PST and will feature Arts & Crafts Furniture by Gustav Stickley, L&JG Stickley, Stickley Brothers, Charles Stickley, Limbert, Roycroft, Lifetime, Lakeside, JM Young, Mathews Furniture Shop, Bernard Maybeck, Karpen, Harden, Michigan Chair Co, McHugh along with examples of lighting, metalware from Dirk Van Erp, and more. California Historical Design will also hold a preview day Friday, March 26th from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

California Historical Design has also designed a smartphone app which allows users to easily view and bid on lots without having to visit the AC Stickley website.

Apple/iPhone users can access the app here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1519736779

Android/Google phone users can access the app here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.auctionmobility.auctions.californiahistoricaldesigninc



American artist Gustave Baumann. Image published in September 1921 in the Eighth Annual Exhibition by the Santa Fe Artists at the Museum of New Mexico. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

“Gustave Baumann: Colorful Cuts”
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Now showing through Sun, 06/27/2021
James and Hanna Bartlett Prints and Drawings Gallery | Gallery 101

An exhibit currently at the Cleveland Museum of Art and available in virtual form as a virtual collection on the museum’s website, “Gustave Baumann: Colorful Cuts” not only shows prints, but the tools used to make them in this special presentation revealing the detailed process behind some of his works. Viewers both in-person and online can expect to see the mountain scenery, adobe architecture and grand western landscapes inspired by Baumann’s time spent in Arizona, California and New Mexico; particularly Santa Fe, where he settled in from 1917 until his passing.

Online viewers can see the works and supplemental visuals at the museum’s website here:



“Victorian Radicals: From Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement”
The Nevada Museum of Art – Reno, Nevada
Now showing through May 30th

Melody (Musica) by Kate Bunce. circa 1895-97. Oil on Canvas. Image: Birmingham Museums Trust/The American Federation of the Arts


The early pioneers of the Arts and Crafts movement are displayed in the ongoing exhibit “Radical Victorians: From Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement,” this time in Reno, Nevada. The Nevada Museum of Art plays host to this traveling exhibit featuring an impressive and unprecedented collection of works from England that made its debut in the country in October of 2018. Reno, Nevada is the second city in the western United States to host the exhibit and the very last western city to host the exhibit before it returns overseas. The exhibit is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Birmingham Museums Trust.

“Victorian Radicals” shows three generations of artists and designers – Britain’s first modern art movement known as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood – and focus on their response to Britain’s Industrialization period. Their art, inspired by a pre-industrialization past, offered a radical vision and helped to influence visual culture in Britain and elsewhere.

The collection of 145 works of art has been a rare up close and personal look featuring works that one would typically see exclusively overseas. “One would usually not be able to see Pre-Raphaelite art outside the United Kingdom, so to have the opportunity here in Reno to see more than 145 works of art, paintings, decorative objects and jewelry, it’s really a very special gift to the community,” says Amanda Horn of The Nevada Museum of Art.

For more information, visit the Nevada Museum of Art’s website below:



Coming up in April:

April 2nd at 12:00pm Pacific: “Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang: Fifty Makers, Shakers and Troublemakers from the Victorian Era” with author Kirsty Stonell Walker.

April 3rd at 12:00pm Eastern: “Egypt and Egyptomania” hosted by the Stickley Museum of Craftsman Farms

April 12th, 2021 at 12:15 PM Pacific: Lunchtime Virtual Lecture with Riordan Mansion: “Stickley Room by Room: Furniture Tour” with Adrienne Rose.