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Hector and Smith Glass
Three Rivers, Michigan
Biography: Joan Hector. After graduating from the University of Colorado, travel and other work occupied her time until she came to rest in Three Rivers in 1963. There she began teaching, and has taught at the Carnegie Center for the Arts, Glen Oaks Community College and the Commission on Aging Community Center in Cassopolis. Teaching continues to be a great source of satisfaction for her, while deepening and nourishing her own art as well.
Most importantly, she was introduced to a new form of thick stained glass called 'slab glass'. This beautiful glass captured her imagination and soon found herself among friends, making small window pieces, going to fairs and accepting commissioned works. The Nazarene Church in Three Rivers was her first big commission in 1966. Over the years she has had many windows and glass pieces installed in churches, schools, businesses and private residences through the Midwest and in California.
Tone Smith. Works in art therapy helping others through art. She works in a variety of media and creates not just stunning works in mosaics, but also paintings including mixed media. Toni is a member of Chartreuse co-op Gallery, and also works with The Boys & Girls Club students at the ARS Gallery as well as teaching adult mosaic classes.
Description: Joan Hector and Toni Smith are both artists who have found a wonderful shared interest in faceted stained glass and their relationship lives in the form of many lovely windows in the area.
Window Name: Rose Window
Window Name: Creation
Window Name: Old Covenant
Window Name: Christ the Mediator