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"Hand Shadows: Imaginations in Glass" art exhibit featured through November at Motlow College

Nov. 6, 2014

Motlow College is featuring the artwork of Tammy O'Connor, "Hand Shadows: Imaginations in Glass", inside the Eoff Hall Art Gallery as well as the Clayton-Glass Library on the Moore County campus throughout the month of November.

Motlow freshman Bailey Martini forms a bird shadow with her hands. The interactive art piece is part of Tammy O'Connor's exhibit "Hand Shadows: Imaginations in Glass" on display at Motlow throughout November.
The exhibit officially opened on Wednesday, Nov. 5, when Motlow College's art department hosted O'Conner for a reception. The work displayed inside Eoff Hall features hand-shadow art, a type of interactive art in which the audience participates by forming hand shadows against a blank canvas.

O'Connor, who is married with three children, believes that family is an important aspect of society and that her beliefs are reflected in her artwork.

"We live in a time in history when children have lost so much," said O'Connor. "The hand-shadow art is a tribute to simple times and families that tell stories."

She also believes that 'simple fun' is something that should be cherished among everyone, young and old. "I wanted the art to be interactive so that children and adults alike can be swept up in the idea of playing," added O'Connor.

In addition to the hand shadow art in Eoff Hall, the Clayton-Glass library features stained glass pieces by O'Connor, who owns the stained glass company Vitric Visions and has produced art for residential, commercial and liturgical purposes all over the country, including the Celtic Cup in Tullahoma. Vitric Visions also features custom vases, vessels and gallery pieces.

"We are thrilled to host Tammy's glass works here in the library," said Stuart Gaetjens, director of libraries at Motlow. "Her style fits in perfectly with this facility, and I hope our students and the community get a chance to stop by and see her work."

The Clayton-Glass Library is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

The exhibit is dedicated to O'Connor's mother, Wanda Oswalt, who was in attendance at the reception. "Her art is everything," said Oswalt. "She's excelled in life and I'm proud of her."

For more information about O'Connor's art or Vitric Visions, visit or email her at