Some folks like to romanticize art. It’s easy to do. Creating something from nothing is often an emotional experience.
Ann Arbor’s David Lynch and Linda Kirkwood art two artists who see beauty in their art – and in one another.
“I was selling retail supplies and glass and Linda was buying all my good glass so I wanted to see what she was doing,” Lynch said. “I was very impressed with what she was doing. I also thought she was pretty cute. And we’ve now been together for 35 years.”
Lynch and Kirkwood are no strangers to the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. They have been showcasing their talents for the past 28 years during the local summer event.
“We’ve been doing glass works for the past 35 years,” said Kirkwood, as the two looked over the busy crowd from behind their booth during Thursday’s opening night. “We had a shop downtown for a long time and gave over 1,200 classes and had 1,500 students in 10 years.”
Together, the two have been creating, teaching and running a small business centered round their unique skills in custom-art glass. In 1982, the duo created Ann Arbor Glassworks, a custom-stained glass studio specializing in uniquely designed and finely crafted art glass windows.
“We have a diverse portfolio that reflects the wide variety of clients and commissions that have been the foundation of our business,” said Lynch. “We also provide custom beveling, etching and glass painting, as well as restoration/conservation services for churches, institutions and residential.”
While the high costs of running a retail shop forced the closure of their business and the lessons have stopped, there is nothing going to stop them from creating their glass works.
“We also wanted to do more residential and commercial work and it’s one of the reasons why we do this show,” Kirkwood said. “The biggest job we ever got from this show was a university job. We did a 9-by-30 foot project over at the engineering building.”
The business is now online at www.annarborglassworks.com.
Over the last several decades, Lynch and Kirkwood have created traditional, contemporary, craftsman and nature oriented stained glass. And they can design something especially for anyone’s individual project and budget.
Also over the last several decades, the two have seen plenty of changes in their favorite local art fair.
“It’s gotten a lot bigger,” Lynch said. “There is a lot more competition out there these days. It spreads the wealth around a bit. But we have a specialty business and the people who really care will find us.”