A native Kentuckian, Louisville artisan Marlene Dennis found stained glass when a friend was looking for a practice student. Once she started learning stained glass, she was hooked. Having been creative most of her life, Dennis has always loved glass, crystals and natural stones. While she continued to work full time at Bellsouth and then AT&T, she gained further experience in her craft by taking workshops at Hallock Stained Glass in Lexington, lead cane classes at Louisville Stained Glass, and by reading books and practicing.
Beginning to build panels and lamps, Dennis found that the possibilities were endless, starting with the creation of an original design and then the selection of glass. She began to jury into art shows and in 1999 became a member of the Louisville Artisans Guild for which she is currently president. She states, “I have lived in Kentucky all my life and it is truly one of the most beautiful states in the union and the best kept secret of the south! Stained glass is a great creative outlet and a way for me to express my love of what this state has to offer.”
Now retired from AT&T, Dennis continues to participate in numerous juried shows and her commissioned works can be found in homes and businesses throughout Kentucky.
Works by Marlene Dennis can be found at the Blue Heron Gallery, Bliss Gallery & Gifts, and The Celtic Centre in Louisville, KY; at The Looking Glass, Shelbyville, KY; Southern Comfort, Prestonsburg, KY; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.