In December, 1998, I completed a stained glass commission for the new Aspen Worship Centre at the Manitoba Developmental Centre in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada.
MDC had been working toward building a non-denominational worship centre for its nearly 500 residents for several years. The majority of the project funds came from the estate of Nora Bottomley. She, and her brother Leonard, were longtime residents of MDC. When Nora passed, her sisters donated the proceeds of her estate to MDC for the express purpose of building a place of worship.
As an art instructor at the Centre (1996-2001), it was exciting to work together with my students who contributed enormously to the design plans. In respect of the interdenominational aspects of the centre religious icons couldn't be incorporated. This culminated in pieces which celebrate love of colour and freedom of expression -– a celebration of life.
Collages students created in our art sesssions inspired the brilliant hues and abstraction of design.
There are 4, 32" x 40" panels in the east and south windows, 10" x 60" sidelights by the main entrance, and a set of 3, 24" discs suspended in the tower skylight.
Exterior south view. Note halogen lights above windows. During evening services -- the windows are bathed in the soft glow of the lights.