Debbie Patana's love for stained glass leads to beautiful windows, classes in Chinook

<I>NANCY BUTTERFIELD photo</I><BR>Debbie Patana's new Inspirations stained glass studio provides lessons, supplies and ... inspiration at her new location across from her original store on Highway 101 in Chinook and about a block up Chinook Valley Road.

CHINOOK - Debbie Patana has moved her Inspirations stained glass studio from Highway 101 in Chinook to a spacious new building nearby at 6 Chinook Valley Rd.

Patana, who has been in business since 1992, relocated in February. "I'm not out of business," she said recently. "I've just revamped." An open house at the new facility is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include demonstrations, door prizes, refreshments and 10 percent off everything in the store.

Stained glass artists from beginner to advanced will find everything they need to create just about anything that can be made from glass.

Patana began working with stained glass about 20 years ago when she took a class from Sharon Hagstrom. "She got me hooked," she said. "I tossed out everything - knitting, crocheting, macrame - when I found glass."

Since then, Patana's latest project was new windows at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Seaview. She's also produced windows for the New Life Assembly of God Church in Ilwaco and is in the process of creating stained-glass windows for Grays River Methodist Church. She also does private commissions and teaches intermediate and advanced stained glass creation.

A full slate of classes by outside instructors is scheduled at the studio through February, including a four-week beginning copper foil class with instructor Mona Nolden starting Sept. 25, and a 3-D bevel pyramid seashell box class on Oct. 23. Class fees run from about $45 a for one-day classes and workshops to $85 or $95 for four-week classes. A kaleidoscope class is planned for Oct. 6.

Inspiration is a good thing for local stained-glass artists because the nearest classes and supplies are in Portland. "I even have people from Portland buy from me when they're here because my prices are better," she said, adding that "the best thing about this business is the friends I make." The Inspirations newsletter goes out to about 300 people.

For more information, stop by Inspirations Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call Patana at 777-8715.

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