Stained glass has always fascinated me. It is so beautiful to look at, in its patterns and shapes, but even more mesmerizing is what it does to light. Stained glass reminds me of the old houses I grew up in and played in in Brooklyn. It reminds me of old church windows, and all that history resonates through the diffused light.
Karen and Geoff Caldwell have been creating the most beautiful designs in stained glass for years. Now they are teaming up with River Queen Artisans, a cooperatively owned gallery in Lambertville, set to open April 10.
Their partners in crimes… er, partners in sharing expenses and keeping overhead low — are Allen Sassman, Jane Spencer Wesby and Jacqueline ter Kuile. The goal is to create a gallery-business that supports the economic health and sustainability of the wider local-artist community.
All work at the gallery is local, original, hand-made, and one of a kind.
In addition to items for sale, the Gallery will offer a full range of services including custom design, art installation and styling services. Commissioned works can be made to specific needs and dimensions, including reproduction stained glass windows for antique homes, jewelry for special occasions, or custom furniture pieces.
Allen Sassman is a sculptor and creates mixed media and assemblage sculpture using a quirky array of found and discarded objects.
Jacqueline ter Kuile was a juried member of the Pennsylvania State Guild of Craftsmen and is launching a line of necklaces, bracelets and earrings using gold, sterling silver and precious gemstones set in colorful recycled materials. She is the Gallery’s Curator and previously was an adjunct professor at Moore College of Art and Design.
Jane Wesby is a jewelry designer who strings unusual large freshwater pearls and wire wraps semi precious stones into signature necklaces. She attended the Boston Museum School of fine arts and did costume and jewelry design work.
Karen and Geoffrey Caldwell have worked in glass for over 30 years. They create fused glass tableware and custom designed stained glass windows and own Sunflower Studio in Stockton.
Chris Cosner makes of handcrafted furniture utilizing entire logs from bark to heartwood. The wood is local, reclaimed, old growth hardwood. Chris designs a wide array of work including: large dramatic dining tables with matching chairs, desks, shelves and mirrors.
Bonnie Buellis, painter, uses acrylics and an eclectic mix of subject matter and found objects to render a range of works from landscapes and historic reproductions to unique images of her own creation.
Ty Hodanish, owner of River Run Gallery also in Lambertville, is a veteran painter, instructor and fixture in the thriving art communities of New Hope and Lambertville.
The opening reception will be from 6-8 pm. Refreshments will be served.
The gallery is located at 8 Church St., in the historic Union #1 Firehouse, and will be open Wednesday through Sunday with special extended hours on 2nd Saturdays and during community festivals such as Shad Fest and Winter Festival. 609-397-2977; http://www.riverqueenartisans.com.