"The chief source of art is man's pleasure in his daily work, which expresses itself and is embodied in that art itself."
William Morris (1834-1896)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Roycroft Summer Show

This past weekend had us showing our work at the Roycroft Summer Show. For those of you familiar with the Arts & Crafts Movement, you will recognize the name of the famous printmaker, Elbert Hubbard whose enthusiasm for the ideals of the movement led him to establish the Roycroft Campus in 1895 - 1938. The campus is located in East Aurora, NY just south and east of Buffalo, NY. This whole area is very rich in evidence of the Arts & Crafts Movement. In Buffalo there are numerous Frank Lloyd Wright houses including the Darwin Martin House and Graycliff. There is an informative website you can access for more information: http://www.wrightnowinbuffalo.com/whattodo/arts_crafts.asp

We like to go to this show because most customers know the context within which we are working. It is a small show though so you should plan to include it within a trip to explore the area. They have a winter show as well which we do not attend because of the weather factor. It is a seven hour drive for us straight west.
We put our tent up in a 10' x 10' space in the parking lot at Roycroft. Saturday was beautiful weather and Sunday it rained. The loyalty of the customers though always pulls us through.
Here are a few photos of the show. You can see the buildings in the background.

This last photo shows part of the Roycroft Inn which is fabulous. The photo doesn't do it justice. It has been refurbished and shows the beauty of the Arts & Crafts style at its zenith. A wonderful place to stay... like the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, you are surrounded by original testimonials.

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