Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Window Views 27 -- windows for Christ

Hi Everyone. I have returned from our month long sojourn to the Pacific coast (that we affectionately refer to as our “Last Hurrah” trip) to find big changes at one of my favorite memes. Window Views has been expanded to include doors as well. I am so excited to learn of this change. I have always had a thing for doors and have been collecting photos of them for decades.

I returned from our Last Hurrah with over nine thousand photos and quickly learned that I did not have enough memory on my hard drive to handle them. So I have been a busy beaver moving older shots to my external hard drive and editing and culling my new shots. But, I am happy to report that I have lots of windows and doors that I will be able to share in the coming weeks.

But, this week I have a rare treat for all of you. I reported here a while back that the Old Salt’s mother was the first recipient of the Living Treasure Award in the state of Arkansas in 2002 for her stained glass work and that we were hoping to be able to photograph some of her windows during our travels. The Arkansas Living Treasure designation recognizes Arkansans in the visual arts field of traditional craft whose contributions to that field, over a lifetime, have fostered significant recognition for their art form. Today I am sharing the windows she made for the First Presbyterian Church in Siloam Springs Arkansas.

These are leaded glass windows made in the traditional way where all the color comes from the glass and the shapes such as letters, flowers or figures are painted in brown or black. All of the figures and biblical quotations were painted free hand and lend an old world quality to her beautiful compositions.

Please click to enlarge the windows so that you can see the details of the small drawings and appreciated the talent of the artist who made these windows. I wish that I could have met this wonderful woman but her art speaks for her.

To join the fun or check out the window views posted by others visit our host Mary t at Window Views.


  1. Welcome back!
    What absolutely awesome windows, such beautiful colors.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Sunny :)

  2. Hello Rita...

    Welcome home, my friend! Sure have missed you! It sounds like you had a wonderful trip...can't wait for you to share some of your photos! Ohhh my...sounds like you've been busy trying to get all of those downloaded and organized too!

    My friend, I just loved seeing some of your mother-in-laws beautiful stained glass windows...they are truly exquisite!!! I especially like the window of the tree with the birds nestled into the's gorgeous!!! I wonder how long she took with this project...there are so many windows and they are quite large! My late mother-in-law also did stained glass...she was quite talented and we are blessed to have a few of her pieces!

    Well my friend...again, welcome home!!! Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful stained glass windows with us today!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  3. What gorgeous intricate and meaningful. I particularly like the ones where the light rays penetrate several colors.

  4. These are simply breathtaking.
    What a talent ... what a legacy!


  5. Rita, these are extraordinary stained glass windows! So colorful and modern! Beautiful! Wonderful post for our meme! :)

  6. Those are some very special windows!


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