Studying Industry Leaders of Art Pottery, The Harvey Ellis Bungalow and Meet An Artist in the Gardens

by Kate Nixon


From exploring the lives of the women artists and craftspersons and their contributions to the American Arts and Crafts Movement to meeting artists in an idyllic garden setting to experience new tours either virtually or outside, there’s plenty to do this weekend. Here are just a few updates from our active community of historic sites and organizations, who will provide you with virtual and outdoor opportunities these last few weeks of summer.


Updates from The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

Marking Her Mark Session# 3 – “Industry Leaders: Maria Longworth Nichols, Louise McLaughlin, and Susan Frackleton”

Image: Susan Stuart (Goodrich) Frackelton, American painter and ceramics artist, Public Domain.

Saturday, August 22 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

The history of art pottery in the United States cannot be told without recognizing the tremendous impact that women had on the development of this industry. More than forty years before the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment finally guaranteed their right to vote, women were reshaping the ceramics industry in large operations and as individual ceramists. This session examines three of the most important contributors to the field to think about the women who shaped this field as industry leaders whose work continues to shape the manner in which we understand and appreciate American Art Pottery.

If you’d like to register for this session, click below to start the registration process:



Virtual Farms Afield: The Harvey Ellis Bungalow at Crab Tree Farm

Sat., August 22 at 4:00 p.m. EDT
This member-exclusive program is presented by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers.

Interior of the Harvey Ellis Bungalow. Photo courtesy of Crab Tree Farm, Lake Bluff, Illinois / Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Parsippany, New Jersey

Enjoy a virtual visit to the extraordinary Harvey Ellis Bungalow at Crab Tree Farm in Lake Bluff, Illinois. Explore this remarkable structure, which was constructed using Ellis’ original designs, published in a December 1903 article in The Craftsman. An early 20th century dairy farm in Lake Bluff, Illinois, Crab Tree Farm’s original farm buildings, which were designed by noted Chicago architect Solon Spencer Beman, have undergone extensive renovation and display collections of furniture and decorative arts from the American and English Arts and Crafts movement, as well as contemporary furniture.

The Oak Park, Illinois-based auctionhouse Toomey & Co Auctioneers is proud to sponsor this member-exclusive program in support of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms.

If you are a museum member, sign up for FREE on the Stickley Museum website.

Not a member? Join today at and start taking advantage of great member exclusives.



Updates from the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Guided Bicycle Tour

Oak Park is home to the world’s largest collection of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Now, interested explorers can visit its picturesque historic neighborhoods on a guided bicycle tour of 21 Wright-designed structures. Wright sites featured on this tour include Wright’s Home and Studio, Frank Thomas House, Heurtley House, Cheney House, Furbeck House and more.

Bring your own bike or one can be provided (included in tour admission). Click here for more information

In addition to the Guided Bicycle Tour, the Frank Lloyd Wright offers a daily outdoor walking tour of Oak Park, combination indoor/outdoor group tours to the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and Robie House, Guided Interior Tour + Outdoor Historic Neighborhood Audio Walking Tours, and more. To see all offered tours, please visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust tour page HERE.


Updates from The Roycroft Campus Corporation and The Roycroft Inn


On Saturday, August 22nd, the Roycroft Campus Corporation will take their artists outside for the day for the newly created “Open Doors Day: Artist Studios & Shops,” where artisans in woodworking, jewelry and metalworking, painting, art glass, pottery and more will be available around the campus to sell their wares, answer questions, and show their skills in demonstrations.

The Open Doors Day is the latest of the new events created by the organization since the decision was made to cancel the Roycroft Campus’ annual Fall Festival planned for October; this was the second event the organization has cancelled, the first being their annual Art & Antique Show this past June. In addition to August’s Open Doors Day, the campus has created a new series called Artists in the Garden, where each week an artist can sell their works in the Copper Shop garden and can meet supporters and interested buyers. Upcoming featured artists include pastry chef Emily Savage on August 22nd, Art Instructor Necole Witcher on August 29th, Preservation organization Wild Spirit Education on September 5th, and stained glass artist Susan McGee on September 12th. The series run Saturdays running through August and through September.

“The Campus has always been a social center, a place of learning, and the heart of our community,” says Curt Maranto, Executive Director. “We are proud to be able to continue welcoming guests with an altered experience for safety purposes, while keeping the spirit of the Roycroft alive.”

The Roycroft Campus Museum has reopened in compliance with guidelines from New York State. Featuring new events, operating in new hours, and utilizing enhanced health and safety protocols. The museum will only be available as part of a Campus tour or by appointment during current Campus hours, Tuesdays-Saturdays from 11am to 5pm. Face masks and social distancing will be required while inside any Campus building or while on a tour. The Roycroft Inn remains open seven days a week for dining and overnight accomodations, reservations can be made through OpenTable or by calling the Inn directly at (716) 652-5552.


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