Three Iowa artists who specialize in stained glass will be featured in an exhibit at Northwestern College.
Mark Bogenrief, Bruce Medema and Lauren Ochsner will display both finished and in-progress works in the Te Paske Gallery Jan. 13 through Feb. 17. A public reception with the artists will open the show on Friday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m.
Bogenrief and his wife, Jeanne, are self-taught stained glass artists. Together they own Bogenrief Studios in Sutherland, Iowa, a business that has dozens of employees and produces everything from stained glass lampshades to huge windows and ceilings selling for as much as $500,000. Their 20,000-square-foot studio has a national reputation for its exquisite Tiffany-style stained glass creations featuring antique and historic motifs. The company’s work is displayed in homes, business and galleries from Florida to California.
Medema specializes in painting on glass, a technique used in churches and cathedrals during the 19th and early 20th centuries. A Dordt College graduate, he was chosen to apprentice at Conrad Schmitt Studios, a 100-year-old stained glass company in Berlin, Wis. After spending a decade learning the fundamentals of stained glass fabrication, restoration and installation, he established Medema Glassworks, a stained glass studio in Inwood, Iowa. Among his commissions was the assignment to design and paint 30 glass windows for St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Ochsner has worked with stained glass for 25 years as the owner of Golden Prairie Art in Maurice. His art includes a six-paneled stained glass piece 8 feet high and 6 feet in diameter that hangs outside the entrance to Dordt College’s Hulst Library. He has also created stained glass commissions for individuals, businesses and organizations—including Orange City Area Health System, First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center, Carmel Reformed Church in rural Rock Valley, and Calvary Christian Reformed and Dover Alliance churches in Orange City. Ochsner earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Kearney State College.
Northwestern’s Te Paske Gallery is located in the Thea G. Korver Visual Arts Center, on Highway 10 at 214 8th Street SW in Orange City. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to midnight Sunday.