A surprise gift for me from Staci Klemmer, client and friend ~ a stained glass star, in orange of course! I hung it from the Wall of Lights, which keep me infused with color during the long winter months.
Staci used to live around the corner from us, and we discovered she is a colleague in stained glass with Stratoz. They worked together to create a cross for their church. Stratoz designed it, and Staci made it so.
I grew up in the Moravian Church, which is Protestant and often modest, plain and simple in church buildings. I suspect my home church, Edmonton Moravian, falls in the category of mid-century modern, which is the descriptor of much of my built world in the 1970’s.
The flat roof puzzles me, since surely it was a resting place for several feet of snow every winter. The font for the Moravian Church sign is san serif, and simple. Those 3 entry doors opened into a foyer lined with coat racks for all the winter garments. As a girl, I loved being surrounded by the friendly people of this church, as I looked for my coat after service.
I remember writing a poem, searching for imagery to describe the sanctuary: a bungalow rec room. Looking at a photo many years later, I see Danish Modern with the blonde wooden pews.
The first Catholic sanctuary I entered surprised me with the sheer quantity of decoration, color and sparkle. Stratoz attends an Episcopal church, more ornate than my childhood church, but not overwhelming. I discovered that the Celtic cross form, with the halo, is also referred to as an Episcopal cross, and Stratoz’s church has several of them.
I ponder my travels from the plain church into a love of liturgical art with color and iridescence, and my most recent Celtic cross in orange and shades of blue. The simple is beautiful in its own way, and I responded to that whole-heartedly. I also was surrounded by beautiful music, as Moravians cherish music, and yes, trombones.
For a musical treat check out Ritchie Trombone Choir’s mp3’s, including the graceful Handel and the swinging Green Dolphin Street.
Dalle de Verre is a stained glass technique where slabs of glass are cut or broken and the chunks are set into an epoxy mixture to bind it all together. Stratoz took a cool close up of one Dalle at his church.
Friday, March 1st, 2013, is the World Day of Prayer, with this year’s service created by Christian women in France. Stratoz brought this poster home from his church, Holy Trinity Episcopal Lansdale, and the orange caught my eye. The art is by Anne-Lise Hammann Jeannot, a painter from France. She eloquently describes her vision of the 2013 theme “I was a stranger and you welcomed me,”
Since my work borders on abstraction, I have attempted in this painting, to translate the idea of a stranger by a silhouette painted only with grays, deliberately separate from the other colors because of the fact that, in essence, it is different. Playing with lines and lighter colors – nearing on white, I have attempted to represent light, to include the character in this light that comes from above, from the sky, travelling through space to encompass the stranger. Equally the light shines forth from the group, symbolized by shapes or stones in the lower part of the painting. A circle is created and it welcomes the character. I wanted the entire scene to be bathed in a warm and colorful atmosphere, and so I used colors to demonstrate the festive nature, the impact of the encounter, the openness to others.
Every year the program is created by women in a different country, and women’s groups bring some of that country into their services around the world. The Chef, my friend at Good Food Happy Man, contributed some recipes, and we will be making some “strong cheese” and procuring baguettes at Alice Bakery for part of the refreshments. The prayer focus this year is immigrant women, and how to embody the welcoming spirit.