Lunch With Art will feature stained glass artist Heather LeglerOzark Radio News

West Plains, MO- The West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will be hosting its quarterly “Lunch with Art” event for current and prospective members on Monday, March 7, 2022, from noon to 1 p.m., in the West Plains Public Library Community Room, 750 West Broadway, Western Plains. Heather Legler will be the featured presenter, demonstrating her stained glass art process.

Legler will bring a project she is preparing for the cystic fibrosis auction in March. She will also demonstrate this unique art form, bringing some of the tools and supplies used in the stained glass process, and will be available for any questions about the art form.

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Artist statement from Legler:

“I’ve always loved the beauty of stained glass, but never in my life did I think I could create them. To me, they look a lot like a puzzle, and I love doing puzzles.

I was introduced to stained glass when I married into the Legler family. My mother and stepfather owned a stained glass business in their home, then stopped focusing on their family and their careers. Again, when we got married, I never thought I would do stained glass. However, God put it on my heart to learn this trade and think about something other than the medical issues we were having at the time. I learned this trade about seven years ago; at that time, we were dealing with daily crises for our youngest child Mae-Ann. She was diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, which she had inherited from her father. While we were dealing with all his issues, we found that our eldest son, Stephen, had also inherited Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Fortunately, our middle child, Richard, does not have this disease. I needed something to get rid of all the medical issues, so my stepfather took me to his glass shop and showed me the basic techniques for cutting glass and how to put it together. Since then, I have worked hard to improve my craft with each creation. I thank Bob and Beckie Legler for all their knowledge and help, and God for giving me this gift of art and a creative spirit.

In addition to the program, members of the WPCA Board of Directors will open a discussion about current plans, programs available through Arts Alliance partners and invite discussion of future artistic projects in the region. Here is an opportunity to open conversations with current board members and contribute to the future of the arts in West Plains.

Dinner will be prepared by Dawn Dionne. The cost of lunch is $10 for WPCA members and $15 for non-members. Reservations can be made online through the March 2022 Lunch with Art event Facebook page, by calling Paula Speraneo at 417-293-2325, or by email [email protected]

Seating is limited, so reserve your spot early. Current best practices for social distancing and masks will be observed.

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