KATHY BARNARD - HUGE SAND BLASTED/ETCHED INSTALLATION IN OKLAHOMA
The James Renwick Alliance is a 501(c)(3) that fosters scholarship, education, and public appreciation of America's craft arts, including works showcased at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery. The Alliance visited the studio of Kathy Barnard, a Kansas City-based glass artist, roughly three years ago and was fascinated by the sketch of her three-story glass feature that now stands proudly as part of the Stillwater National Bank.
The group will be touring Tulsa, September 24-29 to tour significant local craft art. It was the process and detail of Kathy's massive work (see above), and a desire to see it in person, that launched the group's plans to tour craft art in the area. Kathy's Tulsa-based work can be found on the exterior windows of the Bank SNB branch located at 15th and Utica.
"I spent two-and-a-half years making the drawing, which is a true-to-size pattern of the design, and then sandblast carving the imagery into the glass," Kathy said. "I've not been back to visit the piece since the panels were installed in 2000. I'm thrilled to be reunited with it and to discuss the project in more detail with the kind folks at the James Renwick Alliance."
Bank SNB's north-facing windows span 40 feet by 35 feet and are made up of 24 glass panels set within a curved wall and framework. Each panel is 12 feet tall and weighs around 700 pounds. The glass art project required an initial six month period of sketching the intricate native wildlife, animals, and trees found in the design before starting the actual drawing.
Kathy will be attending the Renwick Tour to discuss the work in more detail. She feels very honored to be showcased by the Renwick Alliance Tour. For more information, visit jra.org or KathyBarnardStudio.com or visit "Blending Beauty and Business - Stillwater National Bank" at