Award-Winning Artist Donna Sarafis
Donna’s love of painting began with her first classes in Bauernmalerie (German Folk Art) in 1995 while she was living in Heidelberg, Germany. After returning to Texas, she taught classes in several art leagues including Brenham, Smithville, and in her home in LaGrange.
In 1999, a move to Washington introduced her to the world of fused glass, and a love affair began with its “painterly” qualities. 2001 brought a move back to Texas, with a stop in Portland just long enough to pick up crates of fusible glass from Bullseye. A studio in Fayetteville gave her space to experiment and explore the range of glass as a palette. Within a year, Donna’s art glass was being carried in Clarksville Pottery, Austin, and Hanson Galleries, Houston. Currently Donna and John are proudly represented by The Orchid Tree Gallery in Round Top and The Gallery on the Square in Wimberley, Texas.
In Oct. 2006, John Sarafis and Donna Phillips wed and created Dancing Light Fused Glass Studio in Huntsville. We loved our studio there, but 2015 found us in our new home and gallery at 109 E. Market St., Fayetteville, TX. We are open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 to 7 during fair days. Otherwise, we open the shop by appointment.
We don’t have any workshops scheduled at this time.
The gallery address is 109 E. Market St., Fayetteville, Texas, and because it is also our home, it is important to call for appointments if you need to come outside our normal business hours. We want to insure that we will be available to show you around. 936-436-2250.
John’s love of history has led him to create a series of historic Texas flags in glass. Our pieces have been sold in the above galleries, as well as, Eclectic, San Antonio, Linda Watkins Gallery, Conroe, The TVAA Gallery in the Plaza of the Americas, Dallas, and private collections i.e., The Harlan Crow Family, and Crow Holdings.
In June 2010, Donna won First Place for the “Texas Oaks in the Wildflowers” in the prestigious, international Delphi Glass Festival Competition in the kiln-formed glass category. She also won Second Place in the San Antonio River Art Show 2009 for a 16″ square weave bowl, “The Fabric of Society,” First and Second Place in theWoodlands Art League Competition, The Woodlands, TX, 2009, and a Freddy, Best in Division, and First Place in the 1999 Gulf Coast Ceramic Show, Houston, TX, for her painted 9″ plate, “English Country Cottage and Garden.”
In 2012, Donna and John were invited to be the guest instructors at Delphi Glass during their Spring Festival in Lansing, MI. In addition, their landscape mural, View from a River, won second place in the fused glass category. In addition, Donna was asked to write a guest blog for the Delphi website.
2012 was a good year! Glass Art Magazine featured the Sarafis’s in the September/October Issue. Glass Patterns, their sister magazine, subsequently featured a tutorial from their studio and displayed the subject of the tutorial, Winter Garden, on the cover. In Texas, Postcards from the Piney Woods also ran a feature article on Dancing Light Studio. In addition to teaching in their studio, Donna and John have been pleased to offer numerous workshops at Hot Glass Houston in Tomball, TX. Traveling to Washington in 2013 for the month of July was a treat as they taught at Seattle Stained Glass and Glass Expressions in Burien, Washington.
Testimonial from Carole Little – Donna’s artistic side is so closely intertwined with her spirituality, by the end of the first day, it was clear that she was not only sharing her talent with me but that she truly cared about me as an individual. I highly encourage anyone looking for a unique, creative and relaxing experience to get in touch with Donna or John to arrange a custom class just like I did. Pretty soon, you too will be creating one of a kind, unique fused glass pieces and the process will assist you in winding down from the daily grind while helping you discover your creative side.