New Classes on Women of the Movement, Stickley Stories, and Outdoor Arts

by Kate Nixon


New Series on Women of the American Arts and Crafts Movement PLUS Membership Month Offers Chance to Double Your Impact

Making Her Mark: Women in the American Arts and Crafts Movement is a four-part series that explores the female artisans, entrepreneurs, and educators that shaped the movement many so cherish today.

An online course presented by The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
with Instructor Dr. Jonathan Clancy, Director of Collections and Preservation

 4 Sessions  |  Saturdays, August 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2020  |   1:00 EDT   |   $25/session

Sign up for the “Making Her Mark” classes here.

Sign up for the “Furniture 101” Members-only course here.

Newcomb Pottery Building. Washington Avenue Campus, ca. 1905. Newcomb Art School Scrapbook, University Archives, Tulane University. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms will continue their offering of online education with a new series on the contribution and skills of the capable and women artisans and craft workers who helped build the movement alongside their male counterparts, who until recently controlled the narrative. “Making Her Mark: Women of the American Arts and Crafts Movement” starts this Saturday, August 8th at 1:00 PM with a look at the famous Newcomb College of Louisiana, an art college inspiring so many of the artists whose works are a staple of the collecting world.

Instructor Jonathan Clancy says of the new series, “Sometimes, we so intently focus on the objects that the people behind them become mere names, disconnected from the broader cultural history because they are viewed through the narrow lens of their creations. It is easy to forget, because of the talent these women display, that their achievements happened in era that severely limited their opportunities for women.  By recapturing the history around them, we can better appreciate their accomplishments and understand the key progressive principle–equality of opportunity regardless of gender–of the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States.”

Later at 4:00 EDT, The Stickley Museum will also host part two of “Furniture 101: A Visit to Bruce Johnson’s Workshop,” showing museum members the basics in Arts and Crafts furniture. Planned for both newcomers and “seasoned” Arts and Crafts enthusiasts, Bruce will take on several topics related to Arts and Crafts furniture and leave time for live Questions & Answers.

Screenshot from an episode of the members program “Furniture 101” identifying a Gustav Stickley work.

Another incentive of signing up for membership for the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is that your membership fee will be matched by Board of Trustees to those who sign up as New Members – the opportunity to double your impact. All new members at any level – from a $45 Individual Membership to a $600 Sponsor Membership and all the level in between – will be matched.

Not a member yet? Sign up for membership at The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms at the following link:


“Stickley Stories” Provide Free Educational Opportunities to Learn About Stickley’s Home Life

Meanwhile in Syracuse, The Gustav Stickley House Foundation is releasing their own educational opportunities in their email newsletter. The new series “Stickley Stories: Behind the Scenes at Columbus Avenue” will share updates on the restoration of the Stickley House and revealing the stories of areas of the house that feature Stickley’s design and philosophy. Stickley family stories will have a spotlight in the newsletter, highlighting his legacy and Stickley’s significance to Syracuse, the Central New York area and the Arts & Crafts Movement.

To subscribe to the Gustav Stickley House Foundation newsletter and read “Stickley Stories,” sign up by visiting their website at

Additionally, the Dalton’s American Decorative Arts gallery has opened their gallery by chance or appointment! Visitors will be required to wear facemasks and hand sanitizer will be provided as touching and experiencing pieces in the store is encouraged. For store times and appointment times, visit Dalton’s new website at


Virtual Celebration of the Colorado Street Bridge

For those of you in Southern California or those all over the country who are fans of Pasadena’s Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena Heritage will kick off their week-long virtual celebration next week on August 9th and while some of the activities are socially distant in-person, you can join in lectures and a virtual happy hour no matter where you are. Daily activities will include interactive presentations on the history of the Colorado Street Bridge, an in-depth discussion on the proposed new fencing, a custom and classic car cruise, a virtual beer tasting and bridge trivia, and much more. Sponsors and members will be treated to exclusive opportunities to thank them for their contributions.

For more information, visit


Graycliff Offers Outdoor Programs

On the heels of its reopening after a temporary closure due to the pandemic, the Derby, New York-based Graycliff Conservancy announces a series of outdoor programming in addition to their previously announced private tour program, which includes Sunset Yoga, a workshop on cyanotypes, and an outdoor artist program!

The Sunset Yoga at Graycliff event on Thursday, August 6th from 6-8pm encourages visitors to explore the first floor of Graycliff’s main house before a 75 minute yoga class on the lakeside lawn as the sun sets. The class, led by certified yoga teacher, Keri Sikora, is suitable for all levels and students are asked to bring their own mat, water bottle, and mask, which they will be able to remove once on their properly spaced mat. For tickets, visit This will be the first in a series of similar yoga events.

Also planned is a Cyanotype Workshop for Teens led by WNY-based artist and arts educator, Amanda Besl. The outdoor class is being held Sunday, August 16th 10:30am- 12:30pm, with a rain date of August 23rd. Students will make their own nature inspired artwork while exploring the beautiful grounds of Graycliff. Masks will be required and sunscreen and a water bottle highly recommended. This workshop will be capped at 10 students. For tickets, visit

Lastly, just announced is a new Open Grounds for Artists program where artists are welcomed on the exterior grounds of Graycliff to be inspired and create! Artists are asked to schedule their time in advance for a small fee and then are welcome to come and set up an easel, or walk the grounds and take photos, or bring materials to create in whatever way is in line with their individual creative practice. Please contact Director of Operations, Ryan Gravell, by email at [email protected], or by phone at (716) 947-9217 to book your time slot.

Tours can also be booked by contacting Graycliff at [email protected], or by phone, at (716) 947-9217.