The Second Annual Chicago Stained Glass Invitational


After great success with the First Annual Chicago Stained Glass Invitational Exhibit in 2014, Solstice was thrilled to host a follow-up event: the Second Annual Chicago Stained Glass Invitational!  Again in collaboration with Larry Zgoda Studio, this time we added A Bunch to the menu. 

Leading up to the Invitational Exhibit, we started with a week-long, intensive stained glass painting Workshop, led by Indre McCraw.  Eleven students filled the studio, and the kiln was busy from Day 1 through the end of the week.  Since then, each of the students has been sharing their successes back home, based on the vast amount of information Indre imparted to them during this great event.

We received sponsorship from several vendors, helping to make the Workshop a much richer learning experience for students.  SA Benheim sent lovely antique glass to paint on; Reusche & Co. offered a variety of paints; Ed Hoy’s International sent a number of painting supplies; the Stained Glass School granted scholarships, allowing two students to be able to attend; the American Glass Guild also was opened to granting scholarships for the Workshop. 

Locally, we collaborated with some great companies to help smooth out logistics.  Accenting Chicago Events & Tours, Inc. got us to and from our Bus Tour destinations; Rhine Hall Distillery hosted our post-tour lunch; and All Natural Chicago fed us through the week of the Workshop and at Rhine Hall. 

The Bus Tour visited three locations.  Starting with Second Presbyterian Church, we then got an off-season entrée to the Elks Memorial.  The third and final stop was at Glassner House.  The glass we saw ranged from the amazing glass one would expect on a stained glass tour, fabulous Tiffany windows, then the more traditional European style of painted glass, and ending with the most intimate and very unusual stained glass in a private residence built and decorated by Edgar Miller. 

The Invitational this year held three events:  a demonstration of “angel gilding” on glass by Sarah King, a round table discussion about the State of Stained Glass led by Rolf Achilles, and a showing of the video of Emily Carlson’s “20 x 20 PechaKucha” presentation of a sculptural stained glass installation at Congregation BJBE.

Thank you to Everyone for helping make this such a great success!  Enjoy the photos - and we’ll see you next year! 

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