There's a change in the conference program. Ann Gardner is unable to attend. " "Woman Artist, Studio Owner" will be presented by Valerie O'Hara, Pike Stained Glass.
#ValerieOHara of #PikeStainedGlass began working for her parents in 1966, at the age of 12, part-time after school and during the summers. She has worked at the studio full time since graduation from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, majoring in painting. Valerie purchased the studio in 1987, becoming the third generation to carry on the family business that was started in 1908 by her Great Uncle, #WilliamPike. Pike started his career at the #TiffanyStudios in Long Island before starting his own business in New York City and then moving it to Rochester.
Pike Stained Glass has over 850 commissions over a period of 109 years throughout upstate New York and beyond in new design and restoration work. Some examples of our work can be seen on Sunday’s bus tour. Valerie lectures on the history of stained glass, and has awards from the #LandmarkSocietyof WesternNewYork, 1998, 2006, 2011 for restoration work, and from the Memorial Art Gallery for her painting.
Keeping a family business true to its roots from more than a century while also expanding into new creative outlets is one of Valerie’s goals as she continues to design, create, repair and install stained glass windows for religious and secular settings with the help of her assistants. She feels that part of her job to demystify the process and history of stained glass, to make it more accessible. Her lecture will give insights in traditional techniques in stained glass and mosaics, as well as studio layout. http://www.pikestainedglassstudios.com/About.html