- A Fulper vase from the Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection
- A private VIP tour of the Gustav Stickley House in Syracuse, NY
- An auction gift certificate from Rago Arts and Auction Center
- A special-access package for the 32nd National Arts & Crafts Conference, that includes early entry to the Antiques and Contemporary Crafts Show
- A Newcomb pitcher from the Barbara and Henry Fuldner collection
- An auction gift certificate from Toomey & Co. Auctioneers.
What do all of the above have in common? These extraordinary objects and opportunities will be featured in the 2018 Craftsman Gala auctions to benefit the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms.
And you can bid on them! With your winning bid you’ll be giving a gift to yourself and to the museum—a gift which helps the museum preserve, protect and share Craftsman Farms, Gustav Stickley’s cherished NJ home, with its worldwide audience.
The Gala, which is the most important annual fundraiser for the museum, is set for Saturday, October 13 at the Mountain Lakes Club in Mountain Lakes, NJ. This year’s event will pay tribute to trailblazing pottery collector Robert A. Ellison Jr.
While he has assembled his renowned collection from the mid-1960s to the present, Ellison also has worked to further knowledge about American Art Pottery and has established himself as one of its greatest champions. At the Craftsman Gala, the museum will celebrate Ellison’s lifelong dedication to American Art Pottery—a dedication that will benefit scholarship for years to come. To learn more about Ellison in his own words, read Part 2 of his essay here.
The Gala is the pinnacle of the museum’s Stickley Weekend—October 13-14—which will include the 8th annual Scholars Symposium. Featuring a panel discussion with the distinguished authors of the forthcoming book about the Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Symposium will also include the Amy Stahl Memorial Lecture, about the rich Arts and Crafts legacy of Cranbrook, presented by Greg Wittkopp, the Director of Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research at Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
The weekend will conclude on Sunday with a free Open House at the Stickley Museum and a visit with special guest for the day, artist Laura Wilder. Wilder, a Roycroft Master Artisan, will be selling her prints and will be on hand to talk with visitors about her art and her printmaking process.
For tickets to the Craftsman Gala and other Stickley Weekend events, visit StickleyMuseum.org
For information or to bid on any Craftsman Gala auction items, call the museum at 973-540-0311. As the October 13 event nears, the auction will be featured on 32auctions.com, where bidding will be open to all. Watch for the link on eblasts and social media—share it, please!—and join in the bidding while supporting the future of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms.