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Middle Street Gallery artist Patricia Brennan will exhibit new hand-painted stained glass at the gallery from Friday (Sept. 3) through Sept. 26. Her works depicting botanical themes will be fitted onto light boxes, providing the sole source of light in a darkened room.
The exhibition is called “By the Grace of Light” to celebrate this unique form of illumination. “I’ve always wanted to create an environment that felt like you were surrounded by only color and light,” Brennan says. “And stained glass has such an uplifting effect, this show is meant to make you smile.”
Brennan, who is president of the Middle Street Gallery, has lived and practiced her art in Rappahannock County for 29 years. She works out of De’Danann Glassworks — named for a race of people in Irish mythology — her studio near Sperryville.
She uses such stained glass techniques as silk screening, etching on flashed glass, kiln fusing and slumping and traditional glass painting. She has studied with master glass painters but is mostly self-taught, she says. “I am dedicated to preserving the integrity of an old world art form, while combining the use of technology today,” she says. “Creating symbolism in glass work has been a primary focus for many years.”
Brennan’s works will be for sale as stained glass windows that can be installed in exterior windows or used with light boxes.
There will be an opening reception with free refreshments for the public from 2 to 5 Saturday (Sept. 4).
The Middle Street Gallery is a nonprofit artists’ cooperative located next to the Inn at Little Washington, open 11 to 6 Friday-Sunday. Call 540-675-3440 during gallery hours for more information.