Currently in the Chur Gallery: Glass Artisan Bill Kuczmanski
Bill Kuczmanski has been working with glass for 30 years. A long time East Aurorian, he has been heavily influenced by Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters' Mission style.
Kuczmanski served as an electrician during the Roycroft Inn's restoration, and was particularly inspired by the Roycroft Artisans handcrafted lamps which are still featured in the Roycroft Inn today. Once the Inn's restoration was complete, Kuczmanski began educating himself on the Arts & Crafts Movement and, upon retiring, devoted all of his time to the craft.
The Kuczmanski's now reside in Suffolk, Virginia where Bill continues to create Mission style stained glass lamps and exhibit at various shows and galleries. He exhibited at the National Arts & Crafts Conference in Asheville, North Carolina this past winter and has recently submitted works to be sold at the internationally recognized Gamble House in Pasadena, California.
There will be an opening reception Friday, September 27th from 4PM – 9PM in the Neil and Barbara Chur Family Gallery located in The M&T Bank Visitor Center. The opening will run in conjunction with East Aurora Art Walk. The exhibit will run from September 27th – December 4th, 2019.
For further information, call 716-655-0261
Copper Shop Featured Artist - Sculptor Timothy Schmalz
For over 25 years, Timothy Schmalz has been creating large-scale sculptures. Schmalz has been honored to have his work displayed worldwide, some of his most reputed pieces have been installed inhistorical churches in Rome and at the Vatican.
The Roycroft Campus now has four of Timothy Schmalz’s smaller bronze sculptures on display featuring some of Elbert Hubbard’s most well-known mottos, transforming the quotations into beautiful works of art. “These sculptures celebrate the Roycroft spirit, human industry, optimism and love of life, which are just as relevant today as one hundred years ago,” states Schmalz. The Roycroft Campus is honored to have his work along the Appian Way and in the Copper Shop garden. Although most of his work is based on a spiritual theme, he also creates large, complex monuments that honor veterans and firefighters. Schmalz strives to create art that connects with viewers through design and details that not only touch the viewer on an emotional level, but also allow them to feel a ‘part’ of the piece.
Reproduction tiles of Timothy Schmalz’s Roycroft Campus motto sculptures are available at the Copper Shop and in our online store here.
Roycroft History: The Dard Hunter Rose
The Dard Hunter Rose, also known as the Roycroft Rose, can be found in many Arts and Crafts designs of today. Dard Hunter joined Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters in 1904. Hubbard encouraged Hunter to develop his artistic talents in graphic design, stained glass, and metal work. Hunter designed windows for the Roycroft Inn and title pages for the Roycroft Press.
The Dard Hunter Rose motif can be found throughout many artists’ work at The Copper Shop. From Al Sleeper’s silver pendants to Yvonne Stoklosa’s stained glass work, incorporating this beautiful rose motif into your life is easy! Our newest Dard Hunter Rose merchandise include these blown glass ornaments made in East Aurora, which are not only perfect for the holidays, but can be displayed year-round!
These ornaments are available for purchase in store and in our online shop here.