Stickley Documentary on Streaming/DVD and Stickley Museum Offers Holiday Party

by Kate Nixon


Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman Released on Nov. 16th
Released on DVD and streaming on AppleTV, iTunes, and Vimeo

David Rago of Rago Auctions and Art Center is one of several people interviewed and featured in the feature-length documentary “Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman.” Photo courtesy of First Run Features.

Herb Stratford’s documentary Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman, the first feature-length documentary about the titular father of Arts and Crafts furniture, is scheduled to be released as both a DVD and through the popular streaming services iTunes, Apple TV & Vimeo on November 16th. The documentary, which premiered in 2020 to audiences in Syracuse and at the 2020 National Arts and Crafts Conference in Asheville, North Carolina, offers a comprehensive look at Stickley’s life, his businesses, the development of his style that would mold an American movement through interviews and archived materials and a close examination of his works.

The documentary visits several relevant locations to the Stickley family, including his Syracuse home, where he lived and created his first arts and crafts interior,  the pump house at Skaneateles Lake in upstate New York, which he restored as a summer family camp among other locations. The lives of the talented collaborators Stickley surrounded himself with are also explored with Harvey Ellis, Lamont Warner and Irene Sargent being prime examples of figures Stickley built professional relationships with.

On November 16th, the documentary will be available for purchase as a DVD from First Run Features and will be released on the platforms iTunes, AppleTV and Vimeo for rent or to buy. Click the links below for more information.

The documentary was hailed by movie critic Leonard Maltin as “a fascinating saga” and “One of the best documentaries seen about art and craftsmanship” by Michael Calleri of the Niagara Gazette.

First Run Features

Click HERE to see the trailer on Vimeo

Click HERE to visit AppleTV+ (subscription based service)


Virtual Thanksgiving Party
November 13th, 2021 at 4:00 PM Eastern
Hosted by the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms


Back at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, the staff is preparing a Thanksgiving celebration that everyone can participate in from their homes. On November 13th at 4 PM Eastern, the museum will celebrate the holiday in a member-exclusive free (with RSVP) virtual party and tour of Ted Lytwyn’s Arts and Crafts collection.

The online party will be hosted by Jonathan Clancy, Director of Collections and Preservation, and moderated by Executive Director Vonda Givens.

Additionally, the special session “The Gamble House: Our Stickley Story” originally scheduled for October 30th has been re-scheduled for December 18th.

Stickley Museum members can click here to RSVP for the virtual Thanksgiving Party and the re-scheduled Gamble House session.

If you’d like to become a member of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms and attend these events for free, please click here for more information.