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Mountain Lion – New Picture Location

Many years ago we made this Mountain Lion for clients in Ontario, they just sent a new picture showing the panels relocation in their country home north of Toronto.


Design by Darcie Kelly

ArtWalk 2013

We are back in Wellspring Visual ArtNetwork’s 2013 ArtWalk. We have been members of the Association for many years and this year, we have returned to the 7th Annual ArtWalk. ArtWalk runs from June 28 to September 6, 2013.

Wellspring has an active membership of 40 Visual Artists, covering the rural area south of Red Deer Alberta, north of Calgary, east and west to the Alberta borders.

ArtWalk 2013 has 30 of it’s Artists displaying in 30 different business locations in Carstairs, Didsbury, Sundre, Olds and Innisfail.

Windows of the West Stained Glass can be found at Gotcha Jeans in Olds located at 5006-50 Avenue. Their open hours are Monday-Thursday 10am to 6pm, Friday 10am -9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm.

All 30 locations have brochures available along with many other hotels, visitor centres, campgrounds. Grab a brochure for a great fun day of travelling around Central Alberta viewing Wellsprings Artists Art all of which is for sale.

The following picture shows Gotcha Jeans in Olds where our stained glass is on display and for sale. Listed below the photo are web links to Gotcha Jeans and Wellspring Visual ArtNetwork Association.

Gotcha Jeans Olds Alberta www.gotchajeans.ca

Wellspring www.wellspringvisualartnetwork.com

There is also a direct link to Wellspring from our home page under partners as well.

Enjoy ArtWalk 2013.






Great Blue Heron at it’s New Home in Ontario

We just received this picture taken by our clients of the Great Blue Heron panel commission that made a successful trip from Innisfail,  Alberta to Toronto, Ontario in March of this year. Subsequently,  it has now traveled north of Toronto to an area of rolling hills and beautiful scenery.

Design by Mark Waterbury

Stained Glass Construction Tips

When we put jewels into a suncatcher, if you put a penny under them before soldering the piece, it raises the jewel above the surrounding glass and makes the jewels stand out and shows off their true beauty much more effectively.

For pin boards we obtain smooth white ceiling tile which can be obtained in 2 ft x 4 ft sizes at most home building suppliers. We then cut boards to the size we desire,  put 2 together back to back with the edges duck taped. That way you can use both sides many times. The stained glass pins  hold your work extremely well on these boards. You can also make larger boards when needed and you can see that in the pictures of “Noah’s Ark” on our website that we made a couple of years ago.

The reason we put 2 boards together is that they are much stronger and more rigid than just using a single piece of ceiling tile.

Miniature Church Stained Glass Window

Quite a few years ago the United Church in Innisfail was making a small model of a church, which if memory serves us correctly, was going to be auctioned off as a fund raiser.

When we saw it we decided to help by adding a small stained glass window which would add to the authenticity of the model church. This was our design.


Design by Flory Wilkins

"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten." -- Benjamin Franklin


This beautifully made Shamrock is even more meaningful to me as I have an Irish maiden name.

Betty Hessel
Photographer and Portrait Painter of People and Pets - Calgary, Alberta