PITMAN: Each month the front windows of Pitman Manor are decorated with a different theme. For March– residents, associates and visitors alike will have an opportunity to see the Art of Glass presented by local stained glass artist – Arthur Norton.
In addition to the month long window display, Norton will do meet and greet sessions at Pitman Manor on March 22 and March 29 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm in the lobby adjacent to his display. Norton will be on hand to answer questions and show participants the tools necessary to create custom stained glass art work by combining various shapes of already colored glass. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.
According to Norton, “Stained glass, as an art and a craft, requires the artistic skill to conceive an appropriate and workable design, and the engineering skills to assemble the piece. Stained glass gets its color by adding metallic salts during the manufacturing process. The colored glass is crafted into stained glass creations in which small pieces of glass are arranged to form patterns or pictures, held together (traditionally) by strips of lead.”
Norton did not start out to become a stain glass artist – instead he attended vocational school for machine tool and die and is a machinist by trade. He makes machine parts for a living and this mechanical knowledge prepared him for the art form of stained glass.
He started working with stained glass in 1999 after inheriting a box of equipment from a family member. The box contained a glass grinder, assorted tools and scrap glass.
Norton decided to buy a book and teach himself the foil or ‘Tiffany’ technique. He discovered the ‘Studio Stained Glass’ in Stratford, NJ where he met Larry and Cathe the owners. Norton took classes for the traditional lead panel technique, such as traditional church windows. “I learned much from them becoming a friend and a regular customer. Cathe introduced me to fusing glass. I bought her old kiln and started working with dichroic glass and making jewelry from it. My vision for the future is to combine all these elements; various metals, stained glass and fused glass to design custom, one of kind creations.”
United Methodist Homes is a not-for-profit organization guided by a volunteer board of directors affiliated in ministry with the Greater New jersey Annual conference of the United Methodist Church. The mission of the United Methodist Homes is to provide quality and caring services to senior men and women in a Christian community. With over 100 years of continuous operation, the organization has grown to ten communities offering residential, assisted-living, skilled nursing, short term rehabilitation, memory support, respite and hospice to persons of all faith backgrounds.
Although this is a free exhibit we will be accepting any donation you would like to make to our Fellowship Fund. For over 100 years United Methodist Homes has never asked a resident to leave due to the inability to pay for their stay.
For more information about the display or Art Norton’s presentations – please contact Pitman Manor at 856-589-7800.
March 4 – Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!! Birthday Cake for all patrons all day.
March 4 – Story times at 10:15 a.m. for ages 0-2 and 1:15 p.m. for ages 4-5. Weekly theme is “Cat in the Hat”
March 4 – Afterschool Activity at 4:00 p.m. “Truffula Trees” from The Lorax for ages 5 – 10.
March 4 – Affordable Health Care Navigator available from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. giving assistance to anyone interested in signing up for health care. Call 856-589-1656 for appointment.
March 5 – Story times at 10:15 a.m. for ages 4-5, 1:15 p.m. for ages 0-2 and 7:00 p.m. bedtime stories for ages 3-6. Pajamas welcome.
March 5 – FURever as Friends Therapy Dog Reading Program at 6:30 p.m. for ages 5 and up. Children can read to a cuddly pet while gaining confidence and having fun reading. Must have parents signed permission slip.
March 6 – Story time at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. for ages 2-3.
March 7 – Story time at 10:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. for ages 4-5.