“Meeting Barbara in her studio with my teenage twin granddaughters was a most fulfilling experience. Her studio is a place of light, inspiration, color and an artist who shares her joy with visitors and through her artwork! Upon entering her studio, I saw a particular work of art hanging on the wall, a stainless steel vine with fused glass leaves. I knew this would be the perfect gift for my son, who had been experiencing a really difficult year. When I asked Barbara if a personalized inspirational message could be inscribed into the metal, she volunteered to find a local engraver and have it done. Needless to say, the gift was received with a joyful heart! It’s prominently displayed in my son’s home with the text referencing a favored verse.
Not to be overlooked in this experience is the knowledge, enthusiasm, and professionalism that Barbara shared with my artist granddaughters and me. The girls have taken numerous art classes since they were young and I was on staff at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass for 35 years, so all of us were very interested in Barbara’s talent. We left that day with much knowledge, enthusiasm, a new friend and the desire to return to spend more time in her magical glass retreat!”
- Kathy Smits
Former Visitor Services Coordinator
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass Art