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Jane has always been an admirer of stained glass, especially large panels, and when applied architecturally in windows and doors. Growing up in Kirkland Lake, and then raising a family in Sudbury, there were many older homes and buildings and churches to admire because of the glass work incorporated into the details.
About 10 years ago, after admiring a particularly beautiful pair of stained glass panels (Georgian Bay Pines, at the art shop on Elgin Street), Jane found an opportunity to learn how to make them herself. Weekly classes began with good friends, weekend workshops were attended, used equipment (and lots of glass!) was purchased, and the windows of family members began filling with stained glass pieces. In particular, Mom’s enchanted garden has been decorated with panels of sunflowers, morning glories, bumble bees, and fairies, and Dad’s windows have reminders of the places we spent our holidays and weekends while growing up.
When Jane is working on stained glass, time flies by, and she sleeps well at night. She is inspired by the sunsets and birch trees of her back yard, by the vistas of Manitoulin Island, and by the colours and textures of glass. This year, she accepted the challenge to create an entry for the annual “In the Spirit of Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven” Show, and plans to create much more from this inspiration.
Since retiring in 2021 from her career in the Mining Industry, Jane sold her first commissioned work, and is now very pleased to have her art displayed, for the first time, at Perivale Gallery on Manitoulin Island. She is building a studio at her home, where you will find her on those nights when her musician husband Gerry is out playing his bass guitar.
Someday soon, Jane will decide that she is ready to create a glass door panel of Georgian Bay Pines. But not yet!
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