2003 March ~
Internal skylight mural in traditional leaded stained glass and Tiffany foil method. Fifteen panels, approx. 64 square feet overall.
Installed at Rivertown Feed & Pet Country Store, 200 1st Street, Petaluma, CA at a 20 degree angle between the first and second floor.
Owners, Don Benson and (late) Tami Lewis Benson
This is a memorial to the Petaluma Bar Ale store, (owned by Tami’s parents, Paul and Marlene Lewis), and the birds and animals that came to such a tragic end by fire on October 29, 2000 (approx. 18,200 sq. foot building.)
Fortunately, most of Bar Ale Petaluma's inventory was in the warehouse across the street from the main building. This building became the new store's location as the Bar Ale Petaluma owners retired and the Rivertown Feed & Pet Country Store was born.
Vangie completed the design in March 2001 and began constructing the first panel. The only request by Tami and Don were to have the critters and crickets in heaven. Vangie wanted it to speak 'Petaluma' and 'Bar Ale'. At one time, Bar Ale had peacocks and the Petaluma River and hills are shown reaching from one feather to the other. Due to her own sudden loss in May 2001, all stained glass work ceased for about a year. After Lyndon had assisted her with foiled works, he learned how to do traditional leaded windows by assisting Vangie with this large and complex work with each panel flowing into adjoining panels. The frame is aluminum custom built for the angle of the skylight. Leaded and foiled stained glass with hand-painted kiln-fired details and German faceted jewels. The sun and rays were silver stained a pale yellow and kiln fired. The sheets of stained glass and frame were funded by the owners. The concept, design, additional materials, tools, and labor were donated by Aurora Colors.