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Celia Meech-Henigman “Stained Glass Art”

At dusk the sun shines across the tracks and through the windows illuminating one of the most dynamic pieces in the room – ‘Abstract Room Divider.’ Picking up its cues from a muted art deco styling, the piece is a welcoming site to one of Lamar Art best solo shows yet. One side of the gallery hangs computer printouts of restoration projects photographed for study and posterity. Along side them are large sheets of white craft paper displaying rubbings or lead work and glass panels all refinished, reworked or even created by Celia Meech-Henigman, the artist whose work is being displayed during July at the Depot downtown. Just opposite the gallery hang some of Meech-Henigman’s smaller panes that despite their simplicity play numerous tricks on the viewer, displaying prisms and hues of ambient light found nowhere else in the room. Most are familiar with stained glass and glass art in general due to religious iconography and private estates. The artist (who also runs gallery 51 in Forsyth) enjoys showing how glass art can be used in everyday, practical ways around any business or home. The scope of pieces on display show the very artisanship and creativity often forgotten in the medium. Near the middle of the room, on the window between the Depot and the rarely used train tracks is a somber yet victorious piece simply called ‘9/11.’ With its patriotic theme and vestige of the American flag being carried by an angel, it uses blues and reds and fiery oranges to show a message of victory through struggle. Standing near and ready to speak about the works on display is Meech-Henigman’s personal assistant Megan Mitchell. She is young yet seasoned as to why this solo show is important to art collectors, art viewers and especially the artist herself. Says Mitchell,”It’s a great opportunity because her work stays very consistent and is viewed so often within the confines of the studio that it often gets overlooked in a sense. This shows has given her a chance to focus again on her work – her vision – and take that to the public in a special way.” On the heels of her words is Meech-Hengiman herself who adds, “It’s been therapeutic for me; an outlet, being able to revisit some techniques I have learned in the past as well as rediscover the artistry of glass. It’s a teaching tool to show people the spectrum of glass and it helps to move collectors out of the paint and drawing box. Celia Meech-Henigman’s show Stained Glass Art will be on display from July 3 to Aug. 30 at the Depot in downtown Barnesville.

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