'Art of glass' comes shining through in work

The 'Glass on Glass' style allows light to shine through it. —Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie— Two artists with two very different mosaic styles sat at the same table, chatting as they worked with glass and glue.

One likes working with blues and greens and creating stained glass-style work that represents Texas-based themes.

Another prefers a colorful, ceramic exploration of the fantasy world.

The two artists, Kathy Dalrymple and Patricia Karr, worked on their latest pieces Friday, Sept. 6 at the Artisans at Rocky Hill during Fredericksburg’s First Friday Art Walk.

Eleven of the city’s art galleries had displays and artists to celebrate art and to educate visitors on the creative side of life.

Dalrymple’s latest work involved a twining vine with hummingbirds. As she talked, she cut glass pieces and carefully glued them onto a glass “canvas” in what could perhaps be described as a “glass on glass” technique.

This piece was somewhat unusual, in that it was more fantasy and less about the Lone Star State.

“Most of the flowers here are fantasy,” Dalrymple said. “Hummingbirds are something people relate to very well. Everybody puts their hummingbird feeder out in this part of the country.”

A Weatherford native who studied print making at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., Dalrymple likes to craft art uncommon in the mosaic world. She said few artists do glass-on-glass, and she has not seen anyone else doing multi-layered glass miniatures.

“My displays look like a stained glass window, only there tends to be more detail,” she said. “There’s no leading or soldering. I use stained glass, glass tiles, glass beads and vintage glass rhinestones to create these pieces.”

Dalrymple’s pieces tend to focus on Texas: wildlife, plants, wildflowers, Hill Country scenes, oak trees and even custom pieces based on what people request.

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