|Turner, Derwentwater, 1797 - 1801|
Throughout the centuries, artists have been playing with light using different media. And so it is time for us to return to Louis Comfort Tiffany and his use of light through glass.
|Daffodils window 1916 at the Morse Museum|
|The chinky clinky pavers were all mine onto which I could scamper!|
|It was jammed packed with thousands of people - all with their folding chairs, their bubbly and little nibbly things|
|Several were religious themes: such as this panel depicting the Genesis story of Hagar, as Hagar and Ishmael are banished into the desert and the angel of the Lord brings forth a fresh water spring.|
There are 11 of these panels, all of which are dedicated, one each, to the members of a select group of women. This group of wealthy New York ladies founded the Association for the Relief of Respectable, Aged Indigent Women in 1814.
The Association operated housing for genteel women, who had found themselves homeless, say through inheritances passing to male lines of the family or losing their husbands in the Revolution or the War of 1812.
Operating about 100 years before Zonta, these ladies were at least opening the door on 'women as philanthropists' and supporting fellow women in need.
The ladies included Olivia Slocum Sage, who married to a robber baron and childless, inherited over $70 million in 1906 when Mr Sage died. Olivia donated $250,000 for the construction of a new wing and chapel at the residence. It was this chapel where these 11 panels were housed.
|The clematis climbs the trellis, toward a white dove - the Christian symbol for the Holy Spirit.|
|And the choir sang on|
In 1974, the Chapel was threatened with demolition. The Association Board approached Hugh and Jeanette McKean, the founder of the Morse Museum in 1942 (it named after Jeanette's father, Charles Hosmer Morse) and offered the panels for safe keeping.
|Julia Henop Memorial|
|The decorations were hand-drawn by local school kiddies.|
You might not be able to afford an honorary Tiffany glass window panel, but you can proudly display your own light through your actions.
At the end of evening, walking back to the car, I came across this:
|Your USA Southern style kindie: mini southern mansion with mini portico and columns and all your little mini-me kiddies. of course ......|
Remember: my offer still stands - I have arranged a free guided tour of the Morse Museum for Zontians who wish to join me in Orlando at Convention time. Details will come - eventually.