Glass Art Speaks of Couple's Crystal-Clear Enthusiasm

Staff Writer

Speaking to local area glass artists Virg and Jane Bertke you get the impression the glass is neither half empty nor half full but, to borrow another phrase, “just right.”

The Bertkes have been working for the past 25 years creating their beautiful stained glass art and their artisan business they call Glowing Glass Design, and have taken their can-do, do-it yourself attitude to new levels of appreciation, both for what they do and who they create them for. They say they are blessed with an artistic and adventuresome spirit which they enjoy sharing through the creating beautiful pieces of art and making them available to all whom they meet.

Now they not only do them for themselves and their clients but have taken to instruct others in the ways of creating glass art. About 12 years ago they also added blown glass to their repertoire. Their studio, just north of New Bremen, allows them the oppportunity to share their talents in the production of one-of-a-kind stained glass but also glass bowls, vases, plates and platters of all variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Interested in a wall hanging or want something for your window in your home or at your place of work? They can create something just right for you.

The Bertkes will be at C.J. Highmarks Restaurant, 1211 Irmscher Blvd., Celina, Friday, Jan. 19, 6-8  p.m.  Artists, art enthusiasts and the general public are invited to come and meet them. They  will share their creations and enthusiasm for the glass arts. On Saturday, Jan. 20, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Virg and Jane will be teaching local area high school students at their Glowing Glass Design Studio, 10026 County Road 66A,  at the corner of St. Rt. 219 and 66A) This 1½-hour session is free. Interested students need to register for this session.  Information about this event and registration forms are available from area high school art teachers.  

Both events are sponsored by the Lake Area Arts Group, of which the Bertkes are members, promoting visual arts in the Grand Lake area.  For more information about this organization,  go to

Some of the Bertkes works are also currently on display at Intricate Design in Minster.

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