Stan Harmon's Stingrays Remind You to Look Up!

June 24, 2015

When my children were young, I had this thing about making them look up as they entered museums or grand halls on family vacations. “Don’t ever forget to look up,” I would tell them, “because you don’t want to miss a thing!”  

The same is true at Spectrum Gallery.  As you come through the door, look up! I still find myself pointing upward and watching peoples’ reaction to seeing those three stingray’s floating overhead. It never gets old.

The artist, Stan Harmon, is quite the Renaissance man. He grew up in the small Piedmont town of Newton, NC. He moved to eastern NC after high school to attend East Carolina University. He studied chemistry until landing a job in the environmental water resources field. If you ask him, Stan will say that his creative undertakings began “in the sandbox.” He taught himself traditional stained glass techniques in 1979 while in the process of restoring a historic home in Lenoir County, NC. Since that time, he has restored historic homes in Pitt and Greene County, NC and produced stained glass work for churches, commercial buildings and private residences. A multifaceted artist, Stan’s portfolio also includes designing, building, fabricating high end architecturally accurate birdhouses and landscaping koi ponds and niche gardens. In 2004, Stan drastically reduced his work in the environmental water field; moved to New Bern, NC and shifted his focus to warm glass techniques. Stan combines casting and fusing processes in his panels depicting fish, birds, palms and landscapes. He uses his knowledge of metal work to craft the unique hangers that accent each panel.

 

 




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