Spring Art Walk to Feature Watercolorist, Bob Maurer
April 28th – June 30th
A resident of Canton, Ohio, Bob Maurer has been enjoying the spontaneity and freshness of painting with watercolors since 1972.
Bob is interested in capturing a subtle mood in his paintings, just as the California tonalists did in the early twentieth century. He makes note that the actual objects in each scene often act as more of a backdrop for the atmospheric effects of his pieces.
Architecture has been Bob’s favorite since the 1950’s when he became impressed with Frank Lloyd Wright. He is also interested in old trucks, cars, boats, bicycles and landscapes.
The exhibit will be held in The Neil and Barbara Chur Family Gallery located in the Roycroft Power House.
Coming Soon to the Chur Gallery: Metalsmith Cynthia Hand
July 7th – September 8th
Residing outside of Buffalo, NY, Roycroft Master Artisan Cynthia Hand has been pursuing her artistic vision through painting, hanga woodcuts, and etching for forty years. It wasn’t until fifteen years ago that she transitioned solely to jewelry-making.
Her love of working with metals, along with an infinite variety of natural gemstones inspires her to create one-of-a-kind pieces.
Each of Cynthia’s pieces are handcrafted through traditional metalsmithing processes of forging, roller-printing, fabrication, and patinas, as well as weaving and crocheting fine silver and gold chains and earrings.
The exhibit will be held in The Neil and Barbara Chur Family Gallery located in the Roycroft Power House. An opening reception will be held July 7th from 6 – 9 PM.
2017 Art & Antique Show
It’s never too early to start thinking ahead! The campus is sure to be a-buzz on Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25. We will have artists on campus, music, food, and more! For more information click here.
Featured Artist of the Month - Dorothy Markert
Born in 1932 in New Jersey, Dorothy Markert studied in New York City at the Art Students’ League and the Traphagen School, but when it comes to her printmaking she is completely self-taught. She developed many skills and techniques that are unique to her work by having a curious and experimental approach to screen printing.
When she moved to Western New York, she was heavily inspired by the strong charisma of the buildings and landscapes, which she then proceeded to capture through her art. Dorothy was designated a “Master Craftsman” in 1997 and her work bears the Roycroft Renaissance mark. She is passionate about upholding the Roycroft’s standards of quality workmanship and technical expertise.
Dorothy designed her later works to reflect the “Arts and Crafts” movement style, primarily depicting colorful flowers in pottery. Her prints beautifully illustrate the landscape and history of the Roycroft Campus. Although Dorothy retired in 2015, the Roycroft Copper Shop still holds a selection of her original work, but once it’s gone, it’s gone!
Roycroft Artisan Unveils New Campus Prints
Julie Leidel, owner of The Bungalow Craft, has been painting for more than 25 years. It’s been over a decade since she discovered and fell in love the Arts & Crafts Movement, which began when she was doing renovations on her home.
Julie graduated from Colorado State University in 1997 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design. Upon her graduation, she worked as a graphic designer, photographer and user interface designer. It wasn’t until 2013 that she made the plunge and became a full-time artist.
Julie exhibits her work at 15-20 fine art festivals and shows annually. In 2016, she was accepted as a Roycroft Renaissance Artisan, where she carries on the century-old traditions and values set forth by Elbert Hubbard and The Roycrofters. She was chosen as the featured artist of the year for 2016 in American Bungalow Magazine, and has been featured in both Arts & Crafts Homes and Cottages & Bungalows Magazines.
Although Julie currently calls Evergreen, Colorado home, her love for the Roycroft is so strong, you’d think she lived in East Aurora all her life. This is why, after many hours of sketching and painting, she has unveiled a new series of Roycroft Campus prints and paintings.
Currently, Julie has created The Roycroft Chapel and The Roycroft Print Shop. Wedding season is fast approaching, pick up a special gift that captures the beauty of a very important day.
Stickley Furniture Expansion
Over the past year, we have received many compliments on our collection of Roycroft by Stickley Furniture. We are excited to announce that we have expanded our Stickley collection, and now carry Morris Chairs, Footstools, Coffee Tables, and more! All of our Stickley furniture can be special ordered in your shade of wood, leather, tile, and more! For further information, head to our Stickley/Roycroft Photo Gallery or call to see what we have available.