A custom design facility specializing in ecclesiastic art. Artist Dale R. Molnar creates works to realize the vision of individual faith communities.
Dale Molnar utilizes both traditional and innovative techniques to achieve powerful imagery. More than 30 years of experience.
The Bread of Life Detail
Fused glass pieces formed to depict harvested wheat are assembled in lead came and soldered to render a flat panel. Multiple panels were then installed in existing window casings at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Lithia Springs, GA
The Crucifixion Window, Atlanta GA
Dale was commissioned to produce an altarpiece for St. Luke Lutheran Church, ELCA during their remodeling of the sanctuary in 1998. The congregation wanted colorful but translucent glass and quickly incorporated 10 more nave windows for their Frank Lloyd Wright style building. The result is a panorama of color and light for the interior while preserving a sense of the outdoors. The 10 piece collection of side windows is named "Cloud of Witnesses". See two examples below.
Cloud of Witnesses: Hosea and John the Baptist
Hosea 6:3 "So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth."
Luke 3:3 And he [John the Baptist] came into all the district around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins;
Let Them Come to the Waters, Marietta GA
One entire wall of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at the Catholic Church of the Transfiguration depicts the Bay of Capernaum. Christ walks on the shore. Where He has passed, the seas have calmed, yet out ahead of Him the storm surges. His gesture is not commanding the seas to still but rather inviting, offering the quiet strength centered in His presence. On the horizon a small vessel sails out of the storm’s turmoil towards this harbor refuge.
The Sacrifice of Issac
At Temple Kol Emeth, a reform Jewish Synagogue in Marietta, GA, Dale worked with the Rabbi to develop an overall plan for stained glass in their sanctuary. The Sacrifice of Issac is one of nine panels on the Rabbinic side of the sanctuary organized into three trios. The focus of the Rabbinic side is to illustrate the many relationships to G_d, to Torah and to each other.
The Song of G_d, central trio detail
The Cantorial side of the Temple Kol Emeth sanctuary depicts the Genesis creation story as the Song of G_d. The story begins with the middle panel of the central trio entitled G_d Said. Then opens out in both directions welcoming us to G_d’s creation. To the left; Separation of the Waters and the Firmament. To the right is the Separation of Light and Dark. The clear and black glass was especially challenging and made to order for this window.
From pieces hewn from oak to bear the Word to blown glass vessels encasing holy oils, these liturgical works of art stir serenity as well as vital engagement among the faithful.
Designed by South Light Studio and executed by a master glass blower; these vessels hold up the Holy Oils with a colored bubble. Silver leaf, gold leaf and dichroic glass adorn the colors that distinguish the oils.
An ossuary presents an appropriate liturgical vehicle for the funeral rite. A simple cardboard box or funerary urn placed in the ossuary assures dignity for the deceased as well as the dignity of the Mass.
This missal stand presents unadorned noble materials. The inlaid jade tiles subtly form a Roman Cross that supports the missal. Quarter-sawn oak gives a sense of strength and gravitas.
The Processional Cross was designed to be compatible with the existing liturgical furnishings in the sanctuary space. The hammered black iron echoes a motif from a large central hanging cross, while the silver corpus repeats a material choice from the Gospel Book and the Tabernacle. The oak is wood that was salvaged when the old altar top was replaced.
Paschal Candle Cross
Designed by South Light Studio, this Paschal Candle motif was fabricated in German silver with gold inlay. Dale designs liturgical items in various media and utilizes a network of master craftsmen.
Holy Water Font
Located in the narthex, this holy water font is approachable by all who enter.
Wrought iron, blocked oak, glass mosaic and carved granite.
Outdoor Worship Space
Graceful figures traced with water and sunlight create a space filled with peace. Stone and metal reach out in quiet blessing, inspiring a celebration of nature, life and beauty.
Welcoming Prayer Garden
A garden at the Church of the Transfiguration invites us to reconciliation and to love in all its forms. St. Francis with his arms open is universal love. He welcomes all of God’s creation, and he is welcoming us. The central statue is 40” tall. At the feet of the saint is a dog representing unconditional love (the basset hound is actually a portrait of Temperance, one of Msgr. Patrick Bishop’s dogs). On the other side are two larks. St. Francis had a particular fondness for the song of the larks, and their hoods reminded him of monks. The birds are bobbing one wing to each other, a gesture of greeting for a gathering flock. They put forth the concept of fraternal love.
The Fox and the Hare
The tableau at the feet of St. Francis is a presentation of the peaceable kingdom. The fox and hare express in their gestures the aspects of atonement. The fox is quiet, non-aggressive and is presenting its neck to the hare. The hare is not cowering, but is reaching out to the fox.
Visual Artwork and Banners
Seasonal changes require seasonal updates for your congregation. Special events are enhanced as well by celebratory banners and artwork crafted to reflect your occasion.
Banners and Giclée prints
South Light Studio creates images for the entire liturgical cycle. The banners are dye sublimated onto a soft poly-suede fabric. They are colorfast and store easily. The standard size is 4' by 6'; can be fully lined, with tab pockets for hanging, and priced at $1280 USD or unlined with pole pockets for $980. Banners may be custom ordered to any proportional dimension. Please contact the artist for additional information.
The same liturgical images offered as banners are also available as fine art giclée prints on smooth watercolor paper. Image sizes are 14” x 21” for $134.00 and 16” x 24” for $168.00 USD.
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In quiet expectation, we prepare ourselves for the Lord's coming.
In joyful anticipation.
Beyond adversity and turmoil, past these rocks and rough seas, lies the safe harbor.
This desert image presents Lent as a journey with the promise of Easter in the distant sky.
The Empty Tomb
Inside the tomb, we are called to follow Our Lord into the Resurrection.
And you shall receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Finding the Lost Sheep
A Reconciliation theme.
Christ the King
The crown of thorns that signifies death becomes radiant as a spiritual crown of light.
Share your vision for your sacred space and Dale will bring his decades of liturgical study and experience to bear along with his unique artistry to shape a profound worship experience.
Working with the parish sacred space committee, Dale Molnar served as the liturgical art consultant and collaborated with various artisans to design and produce the furniture, statuary, liturgical fixtures, stained glass, and decorative elements. The vine and branches motif allows all the liturgical furnishings to present a unified whole. The carved grape vines on the apron of the altar are echoed in the wrought iron altar candle stand. The same details can be seen in the crown of the tabernacle and bracket for the sanctuary lamp. The organizing motif is also expressed in the tabor for the monstrance and holy water font
South Light Studio developed and coordinated environmental concepts to elevate the liturgical celebrations, particularly as the Sacrament of Confirmation coincided with Pentecost in this year, making the dove imagery especially meaningful. Folding the hundreds of origami doves was a community effort involving the Confirmandi, staff and dedicated volunteers.
Mosaics and Murals
Mosaics embody centuries of history. Thousands of pieces of color shape larger-than-life figures and moments in the past that helped to form our faith and mold our future. Murals reflect a space to bring comfort, joy, place.
This mosaic of St. Mary, echoing elements of Byzantine mosaics, stands 24"x30". Glass tesserae are set at different angles to reflect light creating a surface that sparkles. The background radiates with accents of rose colored mirror glass and pieces painted with 22k gold. The small size of the mini mosaic tesserae enables the artwork to have more articulation.
The Calling of St. Matthew
Mother of pearl and glass tesserae.
In this glass mosaic the dynamic image of the dove invites a more active participation with the spirit. Generated lines in the blue field presents the winds of Pentecost. In addition to the reflected light on the wings, both opaque and translucent tesserae are used to articulate the flames
Children's Choir Room, Roswell Presbyterian Church, Roswell GA