Saturday, June 4, 2011

June's Featured Artist: Margret Billings

This month, the gift shop is featuring the intricate and colourful stained glass of artist, Margret Billings. Most of our visitors will already be familiar with her gorgeous summery butterflies which have been flying across our windows summoning the summer to visit rainy Port Moody. Many more will be anticipating Canada Day for the stunning red maple leaf decorations, and yet more will be saving up their pennies for Christmas's festive snowflakes (I'm sure I'm not the only one who keeps theirs out all year round - too beautiful to hide away).
Margret has been working in this medium for many years, and finds the copper foil technique ideal for the flowing lines of her drawings.
She is a familiar 'resident' in the giftshop with her architectural lamps and candle votives, and also her sought-after terrariums (I heard a recommendation that they can give even the least able gardener a viable green thumb). What many of you may not realise though, is that Margret also makes larger stained glass panels. The fairy on the rock currently on display is one example. If you'd like to see more, ask to check through her artist's bio for more examples. You won't be disappointed :)

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