The Pinwill Sisters, Heavy Metal and More

by Kate Nixon

Editor’s note: this article has been edited to include information about Saturday’s virtual visit to the Parker House.


Virtual Presentations


A Virtual Visit to the Parker House
Saturday, March 26th at 4:00 PM EST

Online classroom via Zoom

Hosted by the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

On Saturday, March 26, all Stickley Museum members are invited to take a virtual visit into the privately-owned Parker House, designed and constructed in 1913 as Craftsman House No. 157 by Gustav Stickley for prominent Morristown, NJ, photographer, William C. Parker. The Parker House today remains largely unaltered from its original plans and construction.

Join Parker House owner Mitch Codding and Jonathan Clancy, Director of Collections and Preservation, for an exclusive photo tour of the exterior and interior of this beautiful historic home, including the impressive Arts and Crafts collections featured throughout.

Not a member yet? Click here to explore becoming a member of the Stickley Museum, where you’ll be able to access virtual special events, the ongoing Farms Afield travel series, be invited to the Craftsman Gala and more.

RSVP for the Parker House tour here if you are a member and see a preview of next month’s Virtual Curator Talk: “Morris & Company: The making of an exhibition.”



Violet Pinwill, one of three sisters that started a business in Cornwall, developing carvings. The works of the Pinwill sisters can be seen in 185 churches within the Cornwall area. Image courtesy of Gender Desk.

“The Remarkable Pinwill Sisters” by Dr. Helen Wilson
March 28th, 2022

11:00am Eastern / 8:00am Pacific

Free Online Presentation

In honor of Women’s History Month, Dr. Helen Wilson will conduct a free discussion via Zoom about the English Pinwill Sisters and their carving works in over 185 Cornish churches.  Hosted by Kresen Kernow, Cornwall’s state-of-the-art archive center, this presentation will delve into the lives of Mary, Ethel and Violet Pinwill, woodcarvers in Ermington and Plymouth in Cornwall. The three sisters would set up their own company, Rashleigh, Pinwill & Co. and Violet would go on to become the sole proprietor and established a large workshop in Plymouth, carving works in both wood and stone.

Click here to read more about the Pinwill sisters and Dr. Helen Wilson!

The free talk will kickoff live from England March 28th. 11:00am Eastern / 8:00am Pacific.

Click here to visit the Eventbrite page for the free talk and register.



Close Looking: Design
Saturdays at 1:00 PM Eastern

On throough March – Glass, Clearly and Otherwise

April 9th – 30th – Metal Masterpieces

Online classroom via Zoom

Hosted by the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

The Stickley Museum continues their online series of classes “Close Looking: Design” where instructor Jonathan Clancy reveals crucial points in American history and the artists and craftspeople who brought about new waves of change and new philosophies in design.

In April, the Stickley Museum will explore metalwork; each hour long class will see participants and Instructor Clancy view 10 objects and try to understand the choices designers made in the past and how we can understand them now. April 9th kicks off this chapter of the series with “Metal Masterpieces” part one and part two on April 23rd. The last session of April (April 30th) is a special session where Clancy will explore “Heavy Metal of the Arts and Crafts Movement.” Be sure to stay tuned since May will cover the subject of room design.

The Close Looking: Design series go live on Saturdays at 1:00 PM Eastern hosted by The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Director of Collections Jonathan Clancy, and Executive Director Vonda Givens. Registrants will be sent the recordings of each session. If you’re missed a class, you can still purchase the recording to view the video.

To sign up for the metalwork series or to purchase an archived class, click here to register.  


Current Exhibitions happening now

Lithograph poster entitled ‘Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts’, by James Herbert McNair, Frances Macdonald and Margaret Macdonald.

Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style
The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement in St. Petersburg, FL

Currently running through June 5th

The first Mackintosh retrospective to tour the United States in a generation, Designing the New introduces audiences to some of the architect-designer-artist’s most iconic works. It presents his big, bold graphic designs for posters and his high-backed chairs for Miss Catherine Cranston’s famous Glasgow artistic tearooms, in contrast with his lesser-known but equally striking experiments in textile design, interior design, and the intricate watercolors he painted in the last years of his life. Offering a unique and expanded dialogue about Mackintosh’s milieu, this exhibition highlights the connections between Mackintosh, his predecessors, contemporaries, collaborators, patrons, kindred spirits, and his hometown city of Glasgow – industrial heartland of nineteenth-century Scotland.

To purchase tickets, please visit the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement website HERE.


Spanning the Atlantic:  The Arts & Crafts Movement
In person at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville, TN

Currently running through April 10th

Leading examples of works by Charles F. A. Voysey, William Morris, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, to name a few, will be included in this two-part exhibition with the American portion on display in the spring of 2023. In order to purchase tickets, those interested will have to purchase general admission ($25.00) to the Cheekwood Mansion and Gardens in order to view.

Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. Originally built as the home of Leslie and Mabel Cheek in 1929, Cheekwood is one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Era estate. Since being converted into a museum of art and botanical garden in 1960, Cheekwood has presented world-class art exhibitions, spectacular gardens and an historic estate unlike anything else. Each year, Cheekwood welcomes over 300,000 visitors, making it one of the city’s top cultural attractions, with over 20,000 member households. Visitors enjoy family activities, programming for all ages and year-round festivals celebrating the four seasons.

Click here to find out more about the exhibit happening now at Cheekwood Estates.