Not everyone drops into the studio of an artist, fires up a camera and captures an artist’s soul.
Here’s a 3.5 minute film, The Glassmann, featuring a man who I have known for over 20 years. Robert Weissmann has not only dazzled me with his talent and ability to express himself in various glass art forms, he also is the one who introduced me to the glory of stained glass windows such as the one in Toronto, done by Yvonne Williams, as featured in my article, Jesus in Blue Jeans.
Nick’s film, The Glassmann, captures Robert’s passion for creating a relationship between glass and light, bringing out exceptional visuals day or night. It demonstrates the grace with which Robert uses his strong hands to coax the fragile pieces into their conceptual home. It shows an artist who repairs and creates elaborate church windows. It features two exquisite windows Robert recently completed and installed at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Victoria.
When not working on commissions for churches located anywhere from Victoria to Toronto, Robert releases his creative energy, and frees his evolutionary styles, on a variety of pieces as shown on his website, Weissmann Glassworks.
Both highly creative men, Robert and Nick met on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. Thus began a friendship that allowed them to openly share a world built with colour, music, humour and gentleness of soul. When I learned of this film, I saw the opportunity to showcase two men whose talents must not be overlooked or taken for granted.
If you haven’t already clicked on the ‘hotlinks’, please take time to visit their websites. Take a look at the dreams of two men who well deserve the praise of peers and the commissions of professionals. Don’t hesitate contacting them; no question is too mundane. After all, no one wants to admit it, but it’s lonely being an artist.