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RWC to host works by travel photographer and stained glass artists

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RWC to host works by travel photographer and stained glass artists RWC to host works by travel photographer and stained glass artistsThe abstract photograph (right) and stained glass creation are examples of the works on display through January at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury.

LANCASTER—The January exhibit at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington, will feature photography by Michael Kunzinger and stained glass by Lynn Savarese and Mary Howard.

Kunzinger has spent his entire life on or near water—all 25 years of it. The fine art and travel photographer honed his skills naturally by observing the beauty in nature all around him. He has lived in Deltaville for 21 years.

Focusing on boats or just ripples in water when the sun and light hit them just right, he finds that images look different when you approach them from another angle.

“With abstract photography, I look for reflections that occur naturally upon the water’s surface. Ripples in the water distort the ‘original’ reflection into an abstract design. The resulting images are unreal, yet entirely real and organically created,” he says.

Savarese got her start more than 30 years ago when she took a class in Albuquerque, N.M., while in the military. She retired and picked it up again opening a studio in her basement in 2008 and began teaching classes there the following year. Howard is one student who took a class and stuck with the craft.

“Mary will come to me with a design inspiration and I’ll look at it and say, ‘I’ve been doing glass a long time and we can’t do that.’ But she insists we can and by hit or miss, we figure out how to do it,” said Savarese.

The duo will have 12 pieces hanging in Gallery Hall. Howard designed them all and Savarese executed the panels.

“Some are folk art-centered, there is a woman with a basket of fruit and a couple of abstracts,” Savarese said.

She and Howard also show their stained glass work at the RAL Art Center, The Hague Winery and the Art of Coffee in Montross.

In contrast to Savarese’s long art career, Kunzinger just picked up the hobby of photography as a teenager. Kunzinger took his camera with him everywhere. As he became more proficient, he began traveling with his father, Robert, a freelance writer and they formed a working partnership. Robert’s writing and Michael’s photos have appeared in many publications together over the last few years.

For example, Kunzinger’s Spain photo essay and Siberia photo essay appeared in the Blue Planet Online Journal. He also has had many solo shows including several in the Northern Neck area and recently a solo show of abstracts in Allegany, N.Y.

Residents and community members are invited to view the exhibition from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily throughout January.