In a stunning coup, the San Diego Museum of Art is the only Western U.S. venue for the landmark exhibition Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts Movement. Stickley’s name is synonymous with quartersawn oak furniture, bungalow-style houses, and The Craftsman magazine he published to promote the Arts and Crafts philosophy of living close to nature. The traveling show features gleaming furniture, stained-glass lamps, copper accessories, textiles, and other designs from the master’s most creative period, 1900-1913.
Many of the 100-plus works have never been on public view, though denizens of Craftsman-studded neighborhoods such as Mission Hills, North Park, and La Jolla will feel right at home among these highly coveted classics. Be alert for possible visiting Stickley collectors Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Diane Keaton, and Jack Nicholson. Then, go to the Arts and Crafts-era Marston House Museum & Gardens, where Save Our Heritage Organisation is collaborating with SDMA on special events and tours highlighting Stickley furniture. June 18 to September 11. sdmart.org; marstonhouse.org