Glass artist Christine Bradford part of art show and sale Saturday

Published 1:26 am Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Creating treasures for over 32 years, Christine Bradford is an artist in glass who will have her original work on display when the Washington Parish Art Association holds its fourth annual Art Show and Sale on Saturday.

A very accomplished artist, she has taught glass techniques to more than 100 parish residents in the past at the former Sullivan Vo-Tech, at the Bogalusa YMCA and at her home studio in Bush, where she still holds classes.

“In the 1960s, I clipped an article from Southern Living magazine about a professor at LSU who was a glass artist. I put it away and kept it over the years. It looked like something I wanted to do,” she said.

Life went on, and she finally was able to take classes in New Orleans. Eventually moving from Picayune, Miss., to Covington, she went to work helping Paulo Dufor at his glass studio. He was an art teacher in the St. Tammany Parish Schools and came to his studio after school. She took care of his studio for a few years and worked with him to create stained glass windows for First Presbyterian Church in Bogalusa, among other work.

She discovered he was the son of the LSU teacher in the Southern Living article she had clipped. In later years, she gave it to him. He had studied under his father, Paul Dufor, but had never seen or heard about the article.

Besides her own work at her studio, she did commission work for Dependable Glass in Covington over the years, including windows for Bush United Methodist Church.

Bradford said she will have all sorts , including window panels, garden art and sun catchers, to name a few. She does commission work such as a bedroom window panel she did for Ina Claire Seals of Bogalusa to match a quilt Seals had made.

“I have my own style,” she said, adding that she has so much glass at her home and studio that it almost looks like a church.

Her work can be seen at the art show and sale, to be held from 2-6 p.m. at the home of Sara Nelson in the Clifton community, located about six miles north of Franklinton just off Louisiana Highway 25 near the intersection of La. Highway 38. The address and entrance is at 28035 Winfred Bateman Road, which is the same location as last year’s show.

Chairman Ann Warner said this will also be a social event and everyone is invited to come and view the art, visit with other art lovers and artists, enjoy refreshments and have a wonderful, casual afternoon.

On display will be oils, watercolors, art prints, wood art, stained glass, jewelry and various other media as local artists put their best work of the year on display.

Other artist members of the association who will have art work at the show include: Ann Warner, Sylvia Garrett, Kaye Williams, Terry Seal, Louise Barber, Bob Ann Breland, Christine Beatty, Janis Fisher, Frances Miller, Reba Sanspree, Lora Lynn Fendlason, Lenora Frazier, Anne Crawford, Sara Nelson, Ellen Barrett, Violeta Thomas, Nena Passman, Gregory Burris, Johnny Green, Margaret Shipley, Peggy Strickland and possibly others.