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Copper Shop Restoration Project - Grand Opening Soon!

356ALThe Copper Shop has been undergoing a major restoration project, thanks to the generosity of Erie County, Empire State Development, New York State Council on the Arts, Moog, the John R. Oishei Foundation and our community.  Over the past several months, our team has been hard at work restoring our original hardwood flooring and replacing and stabilizing our cracked and unsafe concrete flooring.  The results have been nothing short of astounding, and we are looking forward to showing it off to our customers!

The Copper Shop will be holding a Grand Opening ceremony on Wednesday, June 12th, complete with a ribbon cutting at 9:30am!  We will also be holding special one-day-only deals on merchandise throughout the shop.  We have been busy selecting and acquiring lots of new artist pieces and merchandise for our brand new shop, including a new line of bath and body products and plenty of beautiful garden decor! 

We hope you'll join us in celebrating all of the hard work that our restoration team has done in order to ensure that The Copper Shop will remain intact for generations to come!

For further information, call 716-655-0261


Now in the Chur Gallery: Marie Gniazdowski of Manya Designs

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A North Tonawanda native, Marie Gniazdowski started creating and selling art work before she even began grade school. She felt inspired by her father who was a welder and chose to direct her artistic energies into metal working and jewelry design. After obtaining her Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in design, she began exhibiting and selling her work at nationally known craft shows. From there, she earned her Masters Degree in fine art from Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Craftsmen. Soon after, Marie began designing and creating models of jewelry and accessories. Now a proud juried Arts & Craftsmen Guild artist and Art Clay Silver-Senior Instructor for the Aida Company, Marie designs and instructs others on how to create beautiful pieces with fine silver clay.

There will be an opening reception Friday, April 26th from 4PM – 9PM in the Neil and Barbara Chur Family Gallery located in The M&T Bank Visitor Center. This opening is in conjunction with East Aurora’s Spring Art Walk, which features various art installations through the village. The exhibit will run from April 26th – June 30th, 2019.

For further information, call 716-655-0261


Coming Soon to the Chur Gallery: Julie Leidel of The Bungalow Craft 

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Julie Leidel has been painting for over 25 years. In 1997, Leidel earned a degree in Graphic Design from Colorada State and worked in the field until becoming a full-time artist in 2013. However, it wasn't until she discovered the Arts & Crafts Movement that she truly felt she found her artistic voice, which is why she was honored to be granted the title Roycroft Renaissance Artisan in 2016.

Leidel currently lives with her husband and two children in Evergreen, Colorado. She is a member of the Roycrofters-at-Large Association, Evergreen Artists Association, an active board member for the Colorado Arts & Crafts Society, and exhibits her work nationally. She strives to creatively translate nature, architecture and beauty into artwork for the Craftsman-style home. When she's not painting, you can find Leidel practicing photography, ceramics, playing guitar and harp, and climbing the fabulous 14,000 ft. peaks of the Colorado High Country.

There will be an opening reception Saturday, July 6th from 11AM – 3PM in the Neil and Barbara Chur Family Gallery located in The M&T Bank Visitor Center. The exhibit will run from July 6th – September 6th, 2019.

For further information, call 716-655-0261


Copper Shop Featured Artist - Sculptor Timothy Schmalz

Mar 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

Feb RoseThe 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.

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