Artist donates stained-glass window
Placed in St. Mark’s bell tower
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church recently received a gift of a stained-glass window from artist and small business owner, Patrick Verner, of Agatha Art Glass of Waupaca.
“Patrick said he wanted to create a stained-glass window for our church,” said Rev. Julia Hendrix, rector of St. Mark’s. “We were astounded by his generosity and kindness. A piece of art like this is a one-of-a-kind piece. To say that we are grateful is an understatement.”
Creating a stained-glass window requires both artistic skills to create a design and engineering skills to assemble a window that can fit snugly into the framed space for which it is designed.
In addition, the window must be able to resist wind, rain and other weather factors. A stained-glass window must also be able to support its own weight.
“As a church with many older stained-glass windows, we are very aware of how valuable a stained-glass window is,” said Hendrix.
“Patrick donated the window to fit in the last window we had without any stained-glass. It’s a huge round window that sits up high in our bell tower that faces Main Street. Now, everyone can enjoy the artistry and the hard-work Patrick put into the window.”
“Patrick is not only generous with his time and his talent, but he is sharing his gifts with the whole community,” said Tedd Mitchell, junior warden of St. Mark’s. “Everyone who passes by St. Mark’s will be able to enjoy the beauty of that window.”