Farms Afield and a New Exhibit Goes Virtual and Auctionhouse Humler & Nolan Bids Farewell With Final Auction


We’re coming up on the 2020 summer season and while the typical summer plans may not be an option for you this year, your favorite organizations and businesses are coming out with events that you can experience from the comfort of your own home. This week, we hear from The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms Executive Director Vonda Givens and from an Auctionhouse notifying its supporters of its very last auction. The end of May holds much in store with a new virtual exhibition on May 30th and two virtual trips to historical Arts and Crafts sites happening that same week. Additionally, we’re sad to say June holds an ending for well-known auctionhouse Humler & Nolan in Cincinnati as they announce their last auction before they shut their doors for good. Continue on to read our news of upcoming events, starting with news out of The Stickley Museum from Craftsman Farms…

Stay safe, stay healthy, and we’ll get through this together.

– Kate Nixon


The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms Announces New Programs


From the (home office) desk of Executive Director Vonda Givens

Like the entire staff of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, I’m marking my 9th week of remote working. During this period, the Log House has been closed to tours, and though we love—and miss!—interacting with people on the property, by shifting our focus from onsite to online operations, the museum has continued to function. Through the month of April, we began expanding upon and experimenting with new ways to interact. Educational programs were adapted to new formats for online consumption. Occasional e-blasts became weekly e-newsletters, including well-received museum shop flash sales and specials. We expanded our social media engagement on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest and have worked on expanding the variety of this content while also making it more in-depth and educational.

Our highest profile online effort has been the popular survey course, “Living the Simple Life: The Arts and Crafts Movement at Home” led by Dr. Jonathan Clancy, the museum’s Director of Collections and Preservation. Now in its 7th and final week, Saturday’s session will focus on “Textiles and Accessories in the Craftsman Home” (to learn more or to register, click here.). We have been immensely grateful for the outpouring of support for the “Living the Simple Life” course, which has grown weekly and sold out for last Saturday’s session on Gustav Stickley’s furniture. Course fees have provided vital financial support during this uncertain time, and the enthusiastic reception from attendees has provided an equally important boost to staff morale, inspiring us to keep up our efforts.


Exhibition and New Programs

To that end, I’m pleased to announce that our 2020 exhibition Things Wrought by the United Crafts: An Expression of Modern Life, curated by Jonathan Clancy, will open as planned, on May 30th, as a virtual exhibition until we are able to host it onsite (click here for a preview first introduced at February’s Arts and Crafts Conference). We will even host a virtual “Opening Reception” for members, which will open for RSVPs soon. I’m also pleased to note that Jonathan Clancy will be returning with a new online course series in June—more on that in the coming week!—and our popular Farms Afield travel program is going virtual!


Virtual Farms Afield

Just in time for Memorial Day, the traditional kickoff to the summer travel season, Farms Afield is hosting two virtual trips on Saturday, May 23 to Pasadena, California and the Gamble House and on May 30 to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Smith House in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan at 2:30 p.m. EST. Though the format is changing, as with all of our Farms Afield trips, we are still focused on providing the exclusive one-of-a-kind experiences, in community with other Stickley fans, that have become the hallmark of this program.


The Gamble House


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Smith House, photo credit James Haefner


As always Farms Afield is a Member Benefit and as a thank you to members, whose support helps us maintain operations during these trying times, our virtual travel programs are being offer FREE  to Members. Space is limited so Members should go ahead and click here to RSVP.

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Humler & Nolan Announces Final Auction on June 20th – 21st


Rookwood French Red vase with stylized cherry blossoms incised and painted by Sara Sax in 1922. Courtesy of Humler & Nolan.

Humler & Nolan announced on Monday that their upcoming Rookwood XXX – the 30th Rookwood auction that Humler & Nolan – will be their final auction before their doors are closed. Rookwood XXX is scheduled for June 20th and 21st as an online auction through

In a press release email blast released May 11th, Humler & Nolan announced the following: “…it is with heavy hearts that we announce that this June’s Rookwood XXX will be the final auction for Humler & Nolan. Additionally, due to complications stemming from the COVID-19 global pandemic, we are moving the sale date to Saturday and Sunday, June 20th and 21st.”

The auction will be held live through, accepting online bids, phone bids, and absentee bids. Previews will be available through scheduled in-person visits with proper personal protection equipment required weekdays from 9AM to 3PM and Saturday, June 13th 10AM to 4PM. A full catalog of the items will be posted online on the Humler and Nolan website at and through Bids will be accepted under the condition that items must be paid and picked up from Humler & Nolan’s by Friday, July 31st.

In 1991, Riley Humler and Randy Sandler started their annual auction tradition with The Glover Sale, a three day auction of the largest Rookwood Pottery collection ever amassed. Since then, the Cincinnati-based auction house has held auctions of Rookwood Pottery, Art Glass and Keramics.

Humler and Nolan ended their announcement by thanking their supporters for 30 years of business, loyalty and friendship.

“Over the past thirty years we have learned quite a bit, met new friends and mourned the loss of old ones. We have set records and we have weathered recessions. However, time moves on and things do change. We wish we could throw one last bash and say goodbye face to face, but alas, that is not the world in which we currently live. All of us here at Humler & Nolan, Karen Singleton, Riley Humler, Jeff Engel and Mark Mussio, sincerely thank you for your business. We thank you for your trust and your loyalty for the past 30 years. Most of all, we thank you for your friendship.”

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