Stained Glass for Every Day! February 16th: "Gale"
At SwellColors Glass Studio, we have handmade hundreds of custom stained glass windows. One of our crowning achievements is owner and artist Mary Tantillo's stunning "Year in Glass". Mary has designed a unique stained glass window to correspond with every date of the year, inspired by Long Beach Island's glorious 19 miles of beaches. We are currently facing the winter season head on- so check out our Winter Sol Stained Glass Collection.
These windows make very special anniversary gifts, birthday gifts, or just to commemorate any special moment in life. Truly one of a kind, and made with love: Our design for today, February 16th, is called "Gale".
Winter Sol Stained Glass Collection Artist Statement
Winter can be so cold and dark. The wind blows through the mainland, over the bay, under my jacket, into my home, chilling my bones. It makes me want to hibernate and withdraw from everything; lull myself into a deep sleep like a sailboat in the doldrums. That would be easy but also it would be lonely, limiting, and I would be stuck like a wave in a bucket of water.
So I force myself to go outside, to run on the beach, face the bay at sunset, to surf on sunny brisk days, to hike in the snowy woods. I rarely see anyone. I am usually lost in my thoughts, marveling at how beautiful everything looks. Winter, at first glance, seems grey, but with closer inspection, there is a spectrum that shines through the frozen hunter green branches and bright crimson holly berries. The ocean also reveals many colors such as stormy root beer brown and calm crystal azure. I become inspired by my surroundings. I feel free. I am moving like swells rolling toward the shore.
When I am home, inside from the deep freeze, I have time to reflect. My spirit is stoked, my senses warmed like a gentle Caribbean breeze. My heart is on fire; fueled by the Winter Sol. - Mary Tantillo