Good Shepherd to dedicate window during Sunday Mass
With pride and sadness, Beth Hathaway stands beneath a three-dimensional stain-glass window in The Good Shepherd Catholic Church Sanctuary's east wall.
The picture, taken from a 15th century vestment on dispay in the church comes to life with the rising sun. Jesus' crimson robe is brilliant as the rays strike the window.
Hathaway commissioned Arvis Stewart of Amarillo to make the window in honor of her late husband, Bob, who died in July, 2004.
She points at the folds in the robes, standing out in relief. “That was Mr. Stewart's idea,” she said. “He worked on this for six-months and you can see he's a gifted artist. I'm glad we didn't rush him.”
“I knew that I wanted a stained glass to honor Bob's memory, and red was his favorite color. I found the design I wanted on a 15th century vestment hanging in the vestibule. We can look at it now and it will be a continous reminder that he [Bob] was here. I know he'd think it was right, the red with lots of blue,” Hathaway smiled.
The window was possible through memorials given to Bob Hathaway's memory.
Contacted in his studio on Fillmore Street in Amarillo , Stewart explains that he is an illustrator of children's books. Stain-glass design and their repairs was an avocation that morphed into a vocation.
“I've illustrated children's books for 35 to 40 years. I've been doing stain-glass for the past 20,” Stewart said.
“I got started when a chaplain at High Plains Baptist Hospital asked me to design two for the chapel there. I build them mostly for churches, they are in Goodwell and McClain and Perryton, ( Texas ).”
Stewart explains that the folds of the robe are a design first created by Tiffaney's. It's called drapery.
“I thought it was a nice time to try it,” Stewart said. The glass, which often contains lead and cadmium was heated to 1,250 degrees in a kiln. Much like most stain-glass the color is brought out with colored plates installed behind the design.
“The heat often changes the colors,” Stewart said.
“This one will change colors during the course of the day, in the morning the robe is red, by evening it will be salmon-colored.”
The window's frame, curved redwood was created by Gary Jones a Canyon, Texas Industrial Arts teacher.
It was set in place by Elkhart , Kan. carpenter Stan Parker with help from Brad and Bret Smith, of Texline , Texas and Boise City .
“That was hard work and those guys did a super job,” Stewart said. “They cut the hole and an electrical conduit ran right through the middle. It took them a couple of hours to move that,” Stewart said.
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