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Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisans Oversee Juried Process
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Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisans Oversee Juried Process

East Aurora, NY When Elbert Hubbard started the utopian Roycroft Arts & Crafts community in East Aurora NY, his goal was to be a writer and philosopher, using the philosophy of Head, Heart & Hand.  The Roycrofters-At-Large Association (RALA), an organization in East Aurora NY, formed in 1976, has carried on the ideals of Hubbard’s time by promoting the spirit of Hubbard and his early Roycrofters. 

In April each year, a group of Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisans meet to review the work of fellow Masters up for their five-year review, artisans who are reviewed annually until applying to become a master upon their fourth Jury, and prospective artisans that so desperately want the designation as Roycroft Renaissance Artisan and the use of the much sought after double “R” logo.  The designation allows the artisan to place a double “R” logo, a nationally registered trademark on their work.  This signifies the quality of the artisans work.  Once accepted, the artisan must strive to maintain quality work, show growth in their art and contribute to the non-profit organization, or risk the loss of the status upon rejurying.

This year the Master Roycroft Renaissance Artisans are pleased to announce eight new artisans who will join fellow artisans who have been awarded the status.  These Artisans have been accepted by the Roycroft Masters and the Roycrofters-At-Large Association’s board of directors based on their superior quality of work through this historic Juried process.  These Artisans proudly display the registered double R mark representing the quality of their craft. The total group of Artisans now totals 42 Roycroft Renaissance Masters and 28 Roycroft Renaissance Artisans.  Welcomed to the artisan guild are David Hughes – wood; Marie Gniazdowski – jewelry; Barbara Schlierf – ceramics; Shauna Walsh Watkins – glass; Christie Schorf-Miller – metal; Patricia Cancilla – jewelry; Matthew Knisley - drawing and Margaret Cherre – fiber/weaving.    

We invite you to attend the Roycroft Renaissance Artisans at this year’s Roycroft Summer Festival on June 25 & 26, 2011, 10am-5pm at the Parkdale School, 141 Girard Avenue in East Aurora.  While at the Festival, you will experience the highest standards in craftsmanship by the Roycroft Renaissance Artisans in a variety of media types: clay, wood, glass, metal, printmaking, basketry and more.  The location offers plenty of parking, food and live music.   

RALA will have a booth at the Roycroft Summer Festival where you will find more information about membership and RALA programs.  The organization offers a goodie box raffle and the drawing is Sunday, June 26th.  The goodie box and contents are items crafted by the Roycroft Renaissance Artisans, valued at over $6000!  For more information, contact the Roycrofters-At-Large Association at (716) 655-7252, email: roycroftmail@verizon.net or visit their website at www.ralaweb.com

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