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Post Time:Jul 15,2008Classify:Industry NewsView:481

EAST GOSHEN — Architectural stained glass designer Rita F. Marasa may have a cumbersome job description but what she produces is all about beauty and inspiration.

Her most recent project is a 32-square-foot stained-glass window of rolling hills and streams that graces a stairway in a home in the 1600 block of East Boot Road in East Goshen. Installation took place Sunday.

"It is over the top in a good way," Marasa said in a phone interview from her Cinnaminson, N.J., home Monday.

Marasa said she works with home owners or the businesses to put as much of their personality into the design as possible.

"It's my skill, their vision," said Marasa, who has done more than 100 pieces for about two dozen clients in the West Chester area, mainly in the Hershey's Mill active adult community in East Goshen.

Marasa and her husband are planning to relocate to the Philadelphia suburbs since she spends so much time here, she added.

The East Goshen project measures 78 inches high by 68 inches wide. The glass was made by Youghiogheny Glass of Pittsburgh and developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The window and installation had a $10,000 price tag.

The client's idea for the window came from a view of a golf course.

The window creates a scene as if the viewer were sitting on a veranda, looking through an arched, Italian marble trestle with wisteria vines twining their way up the trestle's columns. The columns frame a

serene vista of a garden of roses and irises with at babbling stream working its way down the hills.

The sky portion of the window is restoration glass that mimics 18th-century glass with its imperfections.

Marasa said she chose that type of clear glass so that the sky would be day in the daylight, night in the night, reflecting weather conditions and light angles. The variety of glass chosen allows the window to shine in both artificial light and natural light.

"I liked this project because the client had a vision, I had a vision and they gave me the power to execute it and they trusted me and allowed me to use my artistic expression," Marasa said.

Like each of Marasa's designs, the East Goshen project is one of a kind. While she will reproduce a client's own design for that individual's use in another room, she will not reproduce it for someone else.

"This is a very personal process," Marasa said. "I'm booked eight months ahead."

Marasa was not always an architectural stained glass designer.

She enjoyed success in a diverse career that includes being owner/operator of an educational tour company for children, a university administrator and event planner/fundraiser under then-Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell.

But her success took its toll.

She ended up hospitalized. The diagnosis: extreme fatigue.

Staring out of the hospital window at a 100-year-old stained glass clock face, she was struck with a desire to return to art and to explore the medium of glass. At the time, Marasa had undergraduate degrees in art and art therapy and a graduate degree in art.

From her hospital bed, she booked a class in stained-glass design.

That was seven and a half years ago and she has never looked back.

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