Pella Chronicle

March 20, 2014

Stained glass replica of bandstand

By DUANE NOLLEN The Oskaloosa Herald
The Oskaloosa Herald

---- — OSKALOOSA — Floyd White was a prolific stained glass artist and his re-creation of the Oskaloosa Bandstand is now on permanent display at the George Daily Auditorium.

Before he passed away, Floyd and his wife, Margaret, discussed what to do with the stained glass picture of the Bandstand. It was decided to donate it to the George Daily Auditorium. Joe Crookham and his wife Jeanie Bieri picked up the stained glass about a year ago for it to be prepared for display.

Stained glass is meant to have light shine through it, so displaying the artwork posed a challenge, George Daily Auditorium Operations Manager Jessica Vetter said.

“We decided on a shadow box with a light behind it,” Margaret White said.

The stained glass art display was an ambitious project. It measures 24 inches by 30 inches.

“He did this when he was 76 years old,” Margaret White said. “He spent many hours at the bandstand looking it over.”

Floyd took about a month to study the bandstand and spent another month creating a paper pattern of the structure, Margaret White said.

Sue Lynn of the Fine Arts and Cultural Events of Mahaska County organization helped organize the team that prepared the work of art for display.

“I got the team together,” she said. “It was a nice group to work with.”

After talking to Jeanie Bieri about the display, Lynn said she spoke to Tom Stone at Musco Lighting about the lighting for the display. She also spoke to Ben Doak who built the shadow box.

The stained glass is on display in the lobby of the George Daily Auditorium.

“We put up the stained glass in November,” Vetter said.

Margaret White is delighted with the display.

“I think it’s wonderful,” she said. “I think they did a good job.”

Floyd was a dedicated artist.

“He loved doing it. He had so much patience,” Margaret White said.