Craftsman Farms Symposium and Gala Weekend

Shakespeare was wrong when he said that April is the cruelest month. It’s October—at least for 2010. Too many activities of interest, scheduled too close for virtually anyone to attend them all.

First up, “Useful & Beautiful,” the conference and related exhibitions and events in Delaware, on 7–9 October. For details click here.

The next weekend sees not only a symposium and benefit gala at Craftsman Farms, the New Jersey museum dedicated to Gustave Stickley, but a Stickley symposium at the Newark Museum. Also on 15–16 October—the annual conference of the American Printing History Association, with its traditional Arts and Crafts connections, in Washington, DC.
The cornerstone in a year of centennial events honoring Stickley’s groundbreaking achievement and celebrating his family’s joyous homecoming. the Craftsman Farms event begins on Friday, 15 October with a pre-symposium lecture at Craftsman Farms. Leslie M. Freudenheim, author of Building with Nature: Inspiration for the Arts and Crafts Home, will speak on  “Gustav Stickley, Joseph Worcester and the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church.” Freudenheim will explore this National Historic Landmark church, its minister Joseph Worcester, and their connection to Gustav Stickley, who twice featured this church in The Craftsman magazine. A book signing and reception will follow the lecture.

On Saturday, 16 October, the celebratory weekend continues in collaboration with the Newark Museum’s premiere of the nationally touring exhibition Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement Join us for a symposium entitled “Honest & Beautiful: The Arts & Crafts Home in America” presented at the Newark Museum and cosponsored by the Stickley Museum. Click here for registration and further information about this exciting program. Finally, on Saturday night, beginning at 6:00 p.m. the Craftsman Homecoming Gala takes place at the Mountain Lakes Club in Mountain Lakes, NJ. Join John H. Bryan, Honorary Chair and event co-chairs Robert C. Burchell and Ann Reynolds for an evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing to the music of the Andy Sherwood Trio. The evening will include the presentation of the Als Ik Kan Award to John Bryan. The gala’s auctioneer is David Rago, well known for his frequent appearances on Antiques Roadshow, and best known to Stickley Museum members as the recipient of the Foundation’s Als Ik Kan Award in 2000.

15–16 October 2010
Craftsman Farms, Parsinappny, NJ
Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
(973) 540-0311

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