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Collection pieces together mixed art

Christina Collins Burton
Arts Editor

With careful hands and creative minds, the artwork of stained glass and quilting artists was featured in the Walker House’s Second Story Gallery.

One piece that captured guest’s attention was a small glass square decorated with bright red roses that bloomed in each corner.

“The piece took about a week and a lot of hours,” said stained glass artist Robert Miller. “Each piece goes through six or seven steps before they are finished.”

Miller’s pieces are carefully handcrafted from his own imagination. Though he has some of the same pieces in different colors, he draws out the shapes and cuts the glass to fit what he envisions.

The mixture of the two different mediums of art both deal with the careful placement of elements to achieve the artist’s desired result.

The room that focused on the art of stained glass used welded glass slivers to achieve an uplifting feeling among guests.

Each piece can range from one week to a little over a month of work. But the end result is well worth the sometimes 14 hours of work a day he puts into his pieces.

“When I think of stained glass I think bright colors, not clear glass,” Miller said. He strives to give each piece special attention so they look a certain way as sunlight shines through the glass.

Guests carefully picked up the pieces and held them to nearby lamps to see how the light looked as it poured through the brightly colored glass.

Another featured artist, Ruth Abigail, amazed guests with her quilted art pieces that filled one of the rooms of the gallery floor.

Abigail works as a teacher at Sew N Sew in Glendora, teaching introductory courses in quilting.

“Sometimes I see a pattern or a person that just speaks to me,” Abigail said. “A lot of my work comes from emotions, my best stuff comes from when I’m going through a problem.”

Abigail began preparing for the gallery two weeks prior to its opening, she pulled old and new pieces to be put on display for guests to look at or purchase.

In the third room of the gallery, quilts made by the local quilting guild laid out on display to attract attention to their fundraising raffle.

The ladies of the TLC Quilters guild were holding a raffle to give a quilt worth $1800 to a lucky guest.

The quilt, a large, poison green and red blanket with brown baskets in rows, was made in the 1800s and donated to the guild help fund programs.

“One of the baskets is turned sideways on the bottom corner,” Irene Parker, advertising and publicity chair for TLC, said. “We’re not sure if they meant it as a joke or if it was meant to show the direction of which way the quilt is suppose to go.”

The winner of the quilt will be announced at the guild’s meeting on May 12.

The gallery offered a different type of art for its guests. For more information on other galleries hosted by the Walker house visit sandimasarts.com.

Christina Collins Burton can be reached at christina.burton@laverne.edu.

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