Plans Announced For The Stickley Weekend on October 13-14

The annual two-day Gustav Stickley fall extravaganza, called The Stickley Weekend, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, at Craftsman Farms, Gustav Stickley’s former home, in Morris Plains, NJ.

The weekend will begin with the 8th Annual Scholars Symposium at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 13 at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. This program, established to encourage serious and rigorous scholarship related to the Arts and Crafts movement, annually includes a roster of distinguished and emerging scholars.

Shelley Cathcast, associate curator at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA, will be a featured speaker on the history and legacy of American craft. The program will culminate with a panel discussion featuring the authors of the forthcoming publication American Art Pottery: The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The authors will highlight exciting new discoveries uncovered during their extensive research. Distinguished panelists will include:

Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, the Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art;

Dr. Martin Eidelberg, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University; and

Adrienne Spinozzi, Assistant Research Curator of American Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Craftsman Gala will be held on Saturday evening at the Mountain Lakes Club at 6:00 p.m. This event is not only the weekend’s highlight and a combination formal party and family reunion, it is also the museum’s most important annual fundraiser.

The Saturday evening Craftsman Gala will begin with a cocktail hour at sunset overlooking beautiful Mountain Lake, followed by a delicious dinner and lively silent and live auctions. At the Gala, the museum will be pleased to honor trailblazing collector Robert A. Ellison Jr, who beginning in the early 1960s, assembled one of the most comprehensive, discerning and significant collections of American art pottery. David Rago of Rago Arts and Auction Center will be our special guest, joining us for the evening as auctioneer for the live auction.

The weekend will conclude with the museum’s annual free Open House on Sunday from Noon to 4:00 p.m. Regular tours will be suspended for the day and visitors will be invited to stroll through Stickley’s beautiful Log House interior at their own pace, with docents available throughout to answer questions and share information.

We invite you to be part of The Stickley Weekend. Check their website,, for information and updates. For sponsorship opportunities and information, email [email protected].

For early Symposium registration, send an email to [email protected] or call 973-540-0311.