Stained glass creator one of 80 artists displaying work at Vail Arts Festival
VAIL — From a lively jazz scene to a “Little Red Rooster,” stained glass artist Stanley Levinson has a very eclectic style.
“I enjoy the diversity of the mix,” he said.
Now age 82, Levinson officially retired two years ago, but he’s certainly kept busy. After being accepted into a handful of mountain art festivals this summer, Levinson has spent the past nine months in his art studio creating 30 original stained glass panels, which you can see at his booth at the Vail Arts Festival, continuing in Lionshead today and Sunday.
Levinson is one of 80 artists participating in the festival, which celebrates its 31st year.
Levinson’s work with glass began when he was 10 years old, learning the trade in the glass shop of his father’s business. At 18, Levinson left for college to study architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. During the summers he attended New York’s Columbia University where he studied watercolor under the direction of the famous Chinese-American artist Dong Kingman. Married a few years later, Levinson spent the next two years in the Army. When his tour of duty was over he returned with his wife, Carole, to his hometown of Monticello in New York’s Catskill Mountains. There he ran the family glass business for the next 50 years.
For the past 15 years, Levinson and Carole have spent a lot of their time in the artist colony San Miguel de Allende, a UNESCO World Heritage colonial city in central Mexico. There they stayed at a casita on the estate of Canadian artist and Olympic champion ice skater Toller Cranston.
“One day, while walking the cobblestone streets, I discovered a shop that made and sold stained glass,” Levinson said. He signed up for three months of classes and adopted the name CaraStan Stained Glass Design.
His pieces are contemporary and fun, with bright colors and clean lines that appeal to the eye.
“I love the way the light changes the colors of the glass during the day and into twilight,” Levinson said. “I plan to continue working at this art form for as long as I can.”
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