Top: Sarah Hall met with a small group of students over lunch to discuss her work and her vision. Below: Sarah Hall with Dr. Michael O'Connor
TORONTO, April 5, 2009 -- Celebrated Toronto-based artist Sarah Hall spoke to a capacity crowd on The Language of Stained Glass on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009. The lecture was a Welcome to my world, in which Sarah talked about the process of commissioning and producing stained glass today, and showed us some breathtakingly beautiful images of her work. She talked in particular about her recent work integrating solar energy into work, combining a thousand-year-old art form with cutting edge technology and environmental sustainability.
The following day, she kindly met with a small group of students over lunch to discuss her work and her vision. This was a real joy, with thoughtful questions and congenial conversation.
a wonderful event
I want to live in a house with photovoltaic stained-glass windows!
Sarahs thoughtful responses to our questions presented a living example of the Christian Imagination.
After formal studies in architectural glass in Swansea (Wales)there being nowhere in North America where she could have learned the skillsand further studies in Jerusalem, Sarah Hall returned to Canada and established her own studio. Since then she has created almost 1000 windows in churches, synagogues, mosques, schools, and other public spaces, across North America and in Europe.
This was the seventh annual Christianity and the Arts Lecture. Previous lecturers include: poet Pier Giorgio di Cicco, art and architecture critic John Bentley Mays, literary critic Philip Marchand, the late Richard Bradshaw, conductor and general director of the Canadian Opera Company, sculptor Ted Rettig, and, last year, Scottish composer James MacMillan.