Stickley Weekend Events and How You Can Be a Part of the 30th Anniversary Video!


This week, we’re giving the spotlight to the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms — new details have been released about the annual Stickley Weekend, a celebration of Gustav Stickley’s legacy offering the chance to once again meet with friends and supporters of Stickley! Read below to view details about the schedule including tours, presentations, and the popular Craftsman Gala – PLUS hear how you can be a part of the 30th Anniversary video and send your message of congratulations!


From the desk of Executive Director Vonda Givens…

On October 12-13, friends of the museum will gather for Stickley Weekend, the finale of our 30th Anniversary celebration. On Saturday evening we’ll host The Craftsman Gala, the highlight of the weekend—and really, our entire year!—co-chaired by Leigh Ann and Bruce Johnson, longtime supporters of the museum, who are well known to Arts and Crafts enthusiasts. I hope you’ll join us for this special weekend (below are details and a link to buy tickets), but even if you can’t attend, you can still be a part of the festivities. We’re making a 30th Anniversary video, and we want you to add your voice (literally!) to it. Scroll down to find how….


Stickley Weekend Events

The Craftsman Gala (Photo Credit Mike Peters)


Sunset over Mountain Lake (Photo credit Mike Peters)


The Craftsman Gala, October 12 at 6 p.m.

Mountain Lakes Club, Mountain Lakes, NJ

Join Co-chairs Bruce and Leigh Ann Johnson for this formal party and fundraiser. Celebrate 30 years of the Stickley Museum and set it on a path for success for the next 30 years. Enjoy cocktails overlooking Mountain Lake, dinner and silent and live auctions with special guest auctioneer John P. Walcher, Vice-President and Senior Specialist at Toomey & Co. Auctioneers.


Scholars Symposium, October 12, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

The 9th annual Scholars Symposium will feature Meghan Melvin, the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Curator of Design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, who will speak about the MFA’s ongoing exhibition Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork. Jessica Douglas-Home, author of William Simmonds: The Silent Heart of the Arts and Crafts Movement, will join us for a presentation investigating this underappreciated Arts and Crafts sculptor.

David Cathers, guest curator of the museum’s current exhibition, The American Arts and Crafts Chair: “A Message of Honesty and Joy” will present the Amy Stahl Memorial Lecture. About his lecture, entitled “It’s Only Furniture,” Cathers writes: “The first part will focus on the chairs in the exhibition, and I’ll comment on the design and construction of these chairs as expressions of honesty and joy.  In the second part, I will try to dig a little deeper and discuss some of the perhaps less-evident aspects of Arts and Crafts furniture making.”

The Symposium will conclude a Hardhat Tour of the new Education Center, a “first look” tour planned especially for Symposium attendees.


The museum’s new Education Center (courtesy of the Stickley Museum)


Open House, October 13, 12 – 4 p.m.

Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

The living room of the Log House (photo by Jonathan Clancy)


Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms Log House.


Nawal Motawi (courtesy of Motawi Tileworks)

The weekend will conclude with the museum’s annual free Open House, featuring special guest artisan Nawal Motawi, founder of Motawi Tileworks in Ann Arbor, Michigan, who will be on hand to discuss the work and philosophy of her 27-year-old company. (Free, no reservation required.)


For information about all Stickley Weekend events, click on the following link:

For tickets, click on the following link:



Can’t make it to Stickley Weekend? Be part of our 30th Anniversary Video!

We want to hear from you! Send your 30th Anniversary well wishes for the museum in a short video (30 seconds or less). Tell us what Gustav Stickley’s life and work mean to you and help us launch the next 30 years of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms.

Record your video on any smart phone, then click on the link below to upload and provide consent for us to use it. It’s that easy!


Before you hit record, here are a few more guidelines:

  • Keep your video under 30 seconds long.
  • Film with landscape orientation (horizontally.)
  • Film in a quiet place—in a bright room indoors or in the shade outdoors.
  • For most people, it’s flattering to keep the camera just above eye level, slightly angled down.
  • Look directly into the camera and share from the heart. The best messages are simple and sincere.
  • The video must be received by Mon., September 30, 2019.