The Roycroft Campus is pleased to welcome glass artist Bill Kuczmanski to The Neil and Barbara Chur Family Gallery for an art exhibition in conjunction with East Aurora Art Walk. In its fifth year of operation, the Chur Family Gallery is located in the Roycroft Power House and offers a venue for artists to showcase their work that is steeped in the tradition of head, heart and hand craftsmanship.
Kuczmanski has been working with glass for 30 years. A longtime East Auroran, 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 Artisan’s handcrafted lamps. Once the Inn’s restoration was complete, Kuczmanski began educating himself on the Arts & Crafts Movement and, upon retiring, devoted all his time to the craft.
Kuczmanski now resides in Suffolk, Virginia where he 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 work to be sold at the internationally recognized Gamble House in Pasadena, California.
The Campus will host an opening reception for Kuczmanski’s exhibit on Friday, Sept. 27, from 4 to 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public; guests will have an opportunity to meet the artist and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. The exhibit will remain on display in the Chur Family Gallery through Dec. 4, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For further information on this and other events on the Roycroft Campus, please call 655-0261 or visit www.roycroftcampuscorp.com.
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