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Artist Kathleen Barlow's painted windows, seen as a hanging flower vase and bald eagle at Artique, will be part of the items exhibited during the First Friday Artist opening in Kamas this Saturday. (Photo by Katie Stellpflug)
Park City-based artist Kathleen Barlow likes windows.

Not only does she like to look through them to see what the weather is like outside, she likes to paint them.

But she doesn't use just any paint. She uses a special paint that dries to look like stained glass.

Barlow will display some of her window art during the First Friday opening reception at Artique, 283 North Main St. in Kamas, on Friday, March 1, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The artist will also show other items such as mobiles and vases during the show.

A financial advisor, Barlow began painting windows by accident when she lived in Atlanta, Ga., five years ago.

"My husband is a contractor and was working on an old house, and would come home with old windows that were still in the frames," Barlow told The Park Record.

"One day he came home with what I thought was going to be one window, but turned out to be actually 25."

After the initial shock, Barlow began thinking about what she could do artistically with the windows.

"I had discovered the glass paint that I thought was beautiful and began painting these windows," she said. "I got a lot of positive feedback from my family and friends and started doing more."

Eventually, Barlow had enough to sell at various arts and crafts shows in Atlanta.

"It just blossomed from there and I continued to paint when we moved to Park City not too long ago," she said.

Barlow began experimenting with other objects and soon found herself painting vases and creating ornaments.


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"I wanted to try other mediums to see how the paint would translate over," she said. "I thought if I did that, more people would enjoy the different works, because everyone has different tastes.

"So I tried a vase and loved it, and then I tried an ornament and loved it as well," Barlow said. "It became like a game to me trying to find ways to expand the beauty of the paint on other things."

Barlow's latest works are mobiles that she calls "attitude changers," because people have told her they get a calm feeling when they look at them.

"I paint different glass tiles and attach them to driftwood and sagebrush that I find at Jordanelle," Barlow explained. "They are really beautiful in the sun, and I like the fact that I can get the wood at Round Valley or around the lake."

Switching from painting windows to glass tiles to vases isn't much of a challenge for Barlow.

"I think the difficulty lies in the different shapes of the objects I paint," she said. "But it's actually a nice way to unwind and relax after working all day. It gives the other side of my brain the chance to come out."

For the Artique show, Barlow will bring 25 mobiles, a few vases and nine windows.

"I also think about what people will use the pieces for and where they are going to display them, when I start painting," she said. "Since I do this as hobby, the fun thing is that somebody will like something and purchase it. Just to think that somebody will enjoy this in their home, and knowing that they are going to look at the thing every day and like it, is like a little reward."

Barlow has always been interested in the visual arts, but was more comfortable admiring other people's works, especially the works of her sister, Sharon Sams.

It was Sams who introduced Barlow to Artique owner Katie Stellpflug.

"My sister met Katie through an artist organization and then introduced me to Katie," Barlow said. "Katie liked what I did and asked me to do a First Friday opening."

Artique, 283 North Main St. in Kamas will present the window works of Kathleen Barlow on Friday, March 1, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Light food and beverages will be served. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/artiqueartandgifts.