Debby Gregory is a St. Mary’s local artist who works primarily in watercolors, oil, and acrylic painting. She is completely self-taught. She said that she began as a child, scribbling on anything she could get her hands on, and her present work is an evolution of that style. Her work is incredible, and a true celebration of small-town life and rural scenery. She even spent 30 years without painting at all! She began painting in earnest after retirement, wondering if it would work out for her. If you’ve ever seen Debby’s work, I think you’ll agree that it has! If you’ve never seen Debby’s work, you must visit the Auglaize/Mercer Center while it is on display. You’ll fall in love with its intricate detailing and peaceful yet curious energy.
Berry Davis, who founded Neptune Hot Glass twelve years ago, creates sculptures with oceanic themes. The Coral Heads, Reef Sculptures, and Lagoons which evolve are reminders of the quickly vanishing beauty of our planet’s oceans.
The first step in this intriguing process is to assemble the inclusions that are later encased in very high quality molten glass. After final shaping by hand with graphite smoothing pads, the pieces are cooled in an annealer. The final cutting and polishing is achieved through the use of high-speed diamond tools.
In 2005, Collette Fortin joined the firm as a partner. Last year a new gemstone series of works that contain diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and citrine, usually encased with fine silver of 24K gold, was developed. In addition, a series called Treasure Windows, that often includes hand-formed metal art, was also developed.
Neptune Hot Glass is well acclaimed all over the United States and has won awards in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan.