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Will Keightley
mosaicwill@wakmosaics.com
wakmosaics. com
913-634-3583
7740 Westgate Drive
Lenexa Ks. 66216

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Press release:
12/18/2014 Lenexa, Ks. William A. Keightley formerly of Stained Glass & Mosaic in Virginia Beach, VA. & That Stained Glass Place in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina is proud to introduce WAK Mosaics & Stained Glass in Lenexa Kansas. Specializing in fine art mosaics and stained glass, made to order with customer satisfaction being top priority.
Keightley grew up in Kansas City , Kansas, and has returned after being away for 28 years.
Keightley works in the glass arts because he feels compelled to do so. To take small pieces of material and cut, shape, and turn them into a strikingly beautiful image is very satisfying to Keightley. Painting with glass is how Keightley explains the mosaic and stained glass processes. He finds both processes to be relaxing and soothing.
Keightley finds that a piece of work evolves as you cut, glue and place the pieces . Despite the planning, changes occur along the way which always make the work better than originally conceived.
He enjoys the constant decision making required to complete a mosaic or stained glass creation. ;
Keightley often asks himself, which material will best illustrate what he is trying to portray? How can he use light and texture to enhance the project and create movement , depth, or some other illusion? How will he cut the material to make it flow? How does he intrigue the viewer’s eye and mind? These questions insure a well thought out project..
Keightley still says oooh, aaah, the first time light hits the finished piece and the images dance across the room reflected by the rainbow of color shining through the glass.
Keightleys art works are “NOT” acrylic or oil or watercolor paintings or photographs. They are breathtaking art formed with hundreds and or thousands of pieces of stained glass, stone, or found objects.
. Keightleys art glass mosaic and stained glass creations add beauty, balance and harmony to any environment.

                                                     William Keightley – Artist Statement

I work in mosaic art because I feel compelled to do so. To take small pieces of material and turn them into a strikingly beautiful image is very satisfying. I hope that through my mosaics that I portray something that appeals to everyone.
Painting with glass is how I would explain the mosaic process. The first step is finding something to inspire me. I search through my glass bins or google images until I find that something that starts the process/evolution. I find the whole process to be relaxing and soothing.
In creating a design, I visualize components, create them, and combine the components to create the overall finished product. I find that a piece of work evolves as you cut, glue and place the pieces . Despite the planning, changes occur along the way which always make the work better than originally conceived.
I enjoy the constant decision making required to complete a mosaic creation. Which material will best illustrate what I am trying to portray? How can I use light and texture to enhance my project and create movement , depth, or some other illusion . How will I cut the material and make it flow? How do I intrigue the viewer’s eye and mind?
I still say oooh, aaah, the first time light hits the finished piece and the images dance across the room reflected by the rainbow of color shining through the glass.
The art works shown on my site, are “NOT” acrylic or oil or watercolor paintings or photographs. They are breathtaking art formed with hundreds and or thousands of pieces of stained glass, stone, or found objects.
As a client, in addition to the beauty of the piece, you receive high quality craftsmanship so that your children, and your children’s children may enjoy it as much as you do. My art glass mosaic and stained glass creations will add beauty, balance and harmony to your environment.

 

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William Keightley was born February 6, 1962 at Providence hospital in Kansas City, Ks . He was the fourth of five children. He grew up until the age of 11 in a modest home in Wyandotte co. At the age of eleven the Keightley family moved to the country 6 miles from Windom, KS., 16 miles from the nearest grocery store in Hutchinson, KS. Keightley enjoyed the outdoors , and this move suited him, with a farm pond full of catfish and ducks right on the property.
Through his school years Keightley never found academics difficult, in fact school was too easy and bored him. Keightley endured the social difficulties, made friends, played football, fit in.
Keightley moved out of the family home right at 16 years of age to reside with his girlfriend.
After 6 months of marriage the now 17 year old Keightley found himself in a delivery room in Moundridge Kansas, watching his first child being born. This is still the most powerful thing he has ever witnessed. Stephanie Kathryn Keightley was born June 30th, 1979. to William and Lisa Keightley. His lack of patience and immaturity brought the marriage to an end
Keightley was part of a family business from 1979- 1981.
Keightley began working as a carpenter in 1982. The company he worked for soon ran out of carpentry work, but told Keightley he could continue to work for them if he could spray paint . Keightley had enough forethought to realize he was running out of work as a carpenter and enlisted the journeymen spray men to teach him their craft. New things always came easy for Keightley. He dove right in and impressed the boss with his new found abilities. Keightley honed his painting skills. The color selection skills absorbed from contracting to paint Art Museums and high end resort homes would definitely play a part later in glass. Keightley began his Art education painting Holiday window art with Artist Jackie Mann in Fresno, Ca.
Keightley’s body was beginning to wear. The many years of running up and down ladders had taken its toll . Keightley started looking for other alternatives. A Friend approached Keightley with an offer to buy his home at a price he couldn’t refuse. Keightley and his wife signed the papers and began to look at the options this new found wealth had made available.
Keightley’s wife was already teaching stained glass and mosaic classes in their home studio, for the local Community College They discussed the opportunity of opening a store in the Outer Banks of NC. In 2001, right after the 9/11 attacks they signed the lease and began to build out That Stained Glass Place in Seagate North Shopping Center In Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
Keightley’s art business education began . Keightley spent the next 7 years learning through trial and error how to teach stained glass and mosaics, and operate a retail art studio. The methods Keightley developed To make Walk-in mosaics successful allow him to help his clients with glass selection and the overall design process . Keightley takes pride in his patience and ability to guide the client through the design process to insure they get the finished product they desire.
SUGGESTED INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
Where are you from?
I was born in Kansas City, Ks. But have lived on both coasts as an adult. I now live In Kansas City again, after being away for 28 years..
Do you do these projects alone ?
No, I enlist the help of other accomplished artists who set their standards at an acceptable level. Jim Ratzlaff is my most recent collaborator . Jim has 20 years experience and has done some beautiful works.
Where áre you located ?
Jim and I both work out of home studios near 75th and Quivira in Lenexa Ks . We do the stained glass in Jim’s studio and the mosaics in mine.
What inspired you to learn mosaics and stained glass?
While working as a contractor on the Outer Banks of North Carolina I realized my body would only take so many more years of running up and down ladders. My wife had already taken some mosaic classes to do our kitchen counter top, and insisted that I join her in the studio whenever I was free. I am a visual learner and picked up the art form quickly.
Do you have a specific art style?
I envision an image and then create it. I am partial to Van Gogh’s flow. It really lends itself well to mosaics. I really enjoy creating movement and depth with different sizes, textures, and colors of glass.

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How did you come up with “Starry Nights over the …..” ?
I arrived at the shop one morning with an invitation to show my artistic wares in a gallery , and a tiled print of Van Gogh’s Starry Nights sized to fit a 34″ piece of float glass. When I attempted to square up the float glass, it broke. I had a 34″ x 70″ piece of tempered glass and an idea. I already had the flat back marbles, so I sat down and started gluing. After I completed the river of marbles, I was discussing what the next step of this project would be with my friend, Colin. He thought my river looked like a nebula. I felt an urgency to complete the project and move on to the next one to have enough for a show (12-15 pieces) so I was trying to fill space quickly with the glass shards representing shooting stars. Then I remembered it takes 6 months for the glue to dry clear and slowed down and gave this piece the opportunity to evolve. I removed the glass shards which I had not glued down yet, decided to call the piece “Nebula”, and started looking around my shop for ideas. I found a piece of blue glass,unnamed (1) that had already been cut ,to be used as part of the top of a plantation lamp. I noticed a spot in the glass that gave the appearance of being ripped away. The piece evolved into Starry Nights over the ….. with a black hole shredding all celestial bodies within its reach,10419510_805576219484324_2413646267999265904_n. and has stuck there until recently when I turned the piece horizontally to back light it .for photos. and saw a cyclops riding a dragon throwing fireballs. This great piece really takes on the onlookers imagination.

What artist has influenced your work the most? Recently I would have to say Van Gogh. Up until then I would have to say my ex-wife. She was always telling me what to do.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in Starry nights over the …..?
I may have used more Dichroic glass, but no, there is always a next piece.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your art work?
The manual labor of cutting and nipping the glass.. The repetitive movements have taken their toll on me physically.. Ibuprofen does wonders for the time being.

Who designed your website?
I told my niece, Tricia Keightley-Shaw of Web WorX llc. what I wanted and she came through for me.

What is the hardest part of being a self-promoting artist? Having the discipline to stop and rest and go to bed with an idea still percolating in my mind.

Tell us your latest news…
We just completed the second of several windows for Kim and John Stauffer. It is a geometrical piece with a splash of color.

When did you first consider yourself an artist
I feel I am growing as an artist.. I have a lot to learn.; but, I can never replace the feeling I had when I created Starry Nights over the ….. It was the first time I had granted myself artistic license and the response from my peers has been incredible.

Do you have any advice for other artist?
PROMOTE, PROMOTE, PROMOTE!!!

Do you have anything that you want to say to our readers/viewers?
I hope you enjoy the works we have created. I encourage you to follow my updates on social media to keep up with my progression as a glass artist.

Shows

2003 Seattle International Sailboat show

2003 Seattle International Powerboat show

2003 New York International Sailboat show

2003 New York International Powerboat show

2003 Annapolis International Sailboat show

2003 Annapolis International Powerboat show