Walkabouts introduce guild members, their family and friends to the unique and amazing stained glass windows in Saskatoon, the surrounding area and Saskatchewan.
They are informal events, taking place on the weekend, twice a year, spring and fall. The artist, studio, or owner may be available to provide a short documentary, history and technical details about the window(s).
Everyone is welcome and anyone interested in the walkabout can contact the co-ordinator.
St. James' Anglican Church
Lee Brady,of Glass Eye Studio, was the Glass Artist who designed and crafted many of the windows installed in St. James'. These windows were completed and installed in the Church in 1984. Excerpts of the text below are taken from the Artist's brochure provided to the parish to explain the scenes and symbols depicted therein.
The design of the north and South windows is based on the circle as a symbol of eternity and a monogram of God; the cruciform as a symbol of Jesus Crist; and a unifying flow of colour to represent the church. There are 22 panels that are divided into two themes.
The North panels represent the old testament and the South panels tell of Christ and the four Evangelists. The blue glass common to ten of the panels illustrates a river dividing into four streams.
The 33 beveled circles within these windows represent the years of Jesus Christ's life on Earth. They are divided into threes and fours for the Trinity and the Evangeists, leaving five in the centre panels to represent the words of Christ. The purple cruciform designs reflect God the Father as well as sorrow and penitence. A fisherman's net connects 12 of the panels representing the church and the 100 jewels represent the multitude. The purple represents God the Father. The blue circiform in the panels represents hevenly love and truth.
Many of the symbols in the paneles are imediately recognizable. The Eagle representing John the Baptist. The Winged Lion representing St. Mark. The Winged Ox representing St. luke. The Sword and Scales represent St. Michael. The Cock, a symbol of St. Peter and the winged man representing St. Matthew. Other images are the Ark, the Tree of Life, the Serpent, the Decending Dove, and the Burning Bush described in the Exodus.
Some images need more explanation. The oil lamp in front of the tablets received by Moses, is a symbol of Scripture as the Word of God. The flaming sword is attributed to Jophiel, the guardian of the Tree of Knowledge, who drove Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. The angel wings around an eye reflect the omnipresence ond omniscience of God. The ship with a sail represents the church, beaten by the waves, but not submerged.
The Phoenix rising from the flames is the symbol of the ressurection of Christ. The equilateral triangle with interlocking arcs represents the Trinity; the equal glory of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.