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Dear Stained Glass:

One of my customers — Linda Turner,  a real estate agent with RE/MAX and an avid stained glass hobbyist — has since 2003 done a large panel that she auctions off each year. The RE/MAX Realty company employeees have been purchasing these panels for their offices.

Linda began this project after attending a RE/MAX convention where the guest speaker was a Children’s Miracle Network “Miracle Child.” She was so moved that she became passonate about fundraising for the Network, and she donates all of the proceeds from this series of panels to the Children’s Miracle Network.

She has done 12 of these panels now and has raised more than $100,000. She has had a calendar printed.

I want her work to be an encouragement for others who “don’t know where they’d put another panel.” I also think she deserves acknowledgement for her wonderful work!

Yours truly,
Pat Esson
High Country Stained Glass
British Columbia



Hello Richard:

Just a note to say how much I appreciated the articles on painting. I like that technical stuff.

Also nice to see the photo of you in you dalmatic, and learn that you are a Deacon.

Peter Ruplinger

Thank you for your letter, Peter, and your words of encouragement. I also like technical articles, but these are the hardest type to convince people to write. In fact, since our readers are the people with the most stained, decorative, and architectural art glass know-how, I would like to make an offer to all of our readers to consider writing a technical article for publication in The Stained Glass Quarterly.

Anyone interested in taking up this offer is welcome to contact me directly at or at 800.438-9581 to discuss your article ideas. — Richard Gross, Editor.


In Memoriam


Joseph R. Lupkin,
October 2, 1941 – July 23, 2014

Joseph R. Lupkin, age 72, passed away on July 23, 2014 in the comfort of home and family. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Richard and Alice Lupkin. Joe is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sharon Lupkin, sons Marcus and Anthony, daughter Julie, 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and brothers William and Steve.

Joe devoted his life to his family and the art of stained glass. He leaves behind a legacy of beauty and inspiration through his many glass and mosaic projects, including the restoration of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and his work at Paradise Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, where he was laid to rest following his memorial service that was held at Paradise Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Joe’s daughter, Julie, wrote that “the passing of my father has been a great personal loss that words cannot express, but it’s also a great loss for the stained glass trade and community.

“My father had only one job in his two years… a stained glass artist. He began as an apprentice at 17 years old at City Glass in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He later owned his own shop, Glassart Studios, in Scottsdale, Arizona, and J.R. Lupkin Designs in Mesa, Arizona.

“He was able to complete a project as recently as six months before he died. His 55 years of contributions to stained glass is enormous, and his talent is rarely matched.”

Other Lupkin installations in Arizona include Valley Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale; St. Helen’s Catholic Church, Glendale; United Presbyterian Church, Fountain Hills; Church of the Advent, Sun City West; First Presbyterian Church, Chandler; Covenant Presbyterian Church, Sun City West; Tanner Chapel AME Church, Phoenix; Grace Community Church, Tempe; Temple Beth Israel Chapel, Phoenix; St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Yuma; Trinity Episcopal Church, Phoenix; Epworth United Methodist Church, Phoenix; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Tucson; Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Mesa; St. Andrew’s Mission Church, Sierra Vista; San Luis Mission Church, San Luis; Desert Palm United Church of Christ, Tempe; Sun City West Baptist Chapel, Sun City West; All Saints Lutheran Church, Phoenix; Green Valley Community Church, Green Valley; Holy Cross Catholic Church, Mesa; Mount of Olives Lutheran Church, Phoenix; and Lakeview United Methodist Church, Sun City.

Installations outside of Arizona include the United States Marine Corps Chapel, Camp Pendleton, California; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Tahiti Temple, Papette, Tahiti; Northminster Presbyterian Church, Diamond Bar, California; Our Lady of the Desert Catholic Church, Apple Valley, California; Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, Los Angeles, California; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Manila Temple, Manila, Philippines; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Sydney Temple, Sydney, Australia; Calvary Cemetery, Santa Barbara, California; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Atlanta Temple, Atlanta, Georgia; Holy Cross Mausoleum, Culver City, California; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Denver Temple, Denver, Colorado; West Angeles Church of God in Christ, Los Angeles, California; Resurrection Cemetery, Los Angeles, California; Gloria Dei Evangelical Lutheran Church, Belmont, California; Cypress Lawn Mausoleum, Covina, California; Holy Cross Cemetery, Pamona, California; St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hemet, California; St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church, Alta Loma, California; Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Rowland Heights, California; St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Indianapolis, Indiana; and Midway City Church of the Nazarene, Midway City, California.

Kids Make Glass Art Window for Their School with Italian Master

Noted Italian glass maestro Fabio Pizzol will spend a week with local kids at the Multi-Cultural Multi-Regional Magnet School in New London, CT.

Maestro Pizzol recently moved to the area and is in the process of opening a sister studio here to the two he has in the Milan area of Italy. Maestro Pizzol selected the Multi-Cultural Multi-Regional Magnet School to benefit from a program of introducing glass art in American schools, co-sponsored by Bullseye Glass of Portland, Oregon and Studio Pizzol.

Maestro Pizzol is an established leader in the group collaborative glass art arena and has worked with many diverse groups in creating their own stained glass windows, including parishes, community centers, companies, and schools. Bullseye Glass is one of the world’s foremost producers of compatible art glass, and the owners of the company are enthusiastic about bringing art glass to public schools.

Besides collaborative glass art projects, Studio Pizzol has also realized works for the great cathedrals of Europe, contemporary pieces for public spaces, Buddhist temples, the private Versace residence, and the Valentino Fashion Group. Studio Pizzol has installed projects on four different continents and has now come to Connecticut.

Besides the Multi-Cultural Multi-Regional Magnet School in New London, Maestro Pizzol will also bring his collaborative art glass project to the Lillie B. Haynes Elementary School in East Lyme, CT. This project will also be jointly sponsored by Bullseye Glass of Portland, Oregon, and Studio Pizzol.

The children at both schools are currently hard at work, and their colorful masterpieces will be completed and installed by the end of March.

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