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.
Vine & Branches and The Finding of the Lost Sheep
"Visions of the Kingdom" is the theme for the St. John Neumann nave windows in Lilburn, GA. The Vine & Branches being the unifying motif throughout the sanctuary; Dale worked closely with the sacred space committee to realize their vision.
After completing the sanctuary at St. John Neumman in Lilburn GA, the sacred space committee built a chapel dedicated to Mary, Mother of God. Four windows grace the chapel depicting events in Mary's life. The Presentation, the Annunciation, the Nativity and the Death of her son, Jesus the Christ.
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.
Chrismatory set, Newport Beach CA
This Chrismatory set of vessels is a custom design of South Light Studio and executed by a master glass blower. Colored bubbles distinguish one oil from the other while silver leaf, gold leaf and dichroic glass ornament the vessels.
Ossuary & Table
An Ossuary presents an appropriate liturgical vessel for the funeral rite. A simple cardboard box or funeral urn placed in the ossuary assures dignity for the deceased and also the dignity of the Mass.
The South Light Studio design with softened corners and raised feet allows the cremains to be comfortably carried in procession. An incised channel forms a cross on the lid and drapes down each side. The basic design inlayed with various materials; contrasting woods, precious metals, mosaics, etc. can be simple or elaborate according to the need. Wood selection, finish and inlays will be coordinated to present a unified whole with other liturgical furnishings. A matching table is also available.
This missal stand presents unadorned noble materials. Simple, yet elegant, the inlaid jade tiles subtly form a Roman Cross that supports the missal. Quarter-sawn oak gives a sense of strength and gravitas.
Paschal Candle Cross
Designed by South Light Studio and fabricated by a master metallurgist in German Silver with gold inlay, the cross is used year after year on the renewed Paschal Candle.
Created for St. John Neumann Parish in Lilburn, GA. This advent wreath stand coordinates their unifying motif of vine and branches with the other candle stands. The heavy weights were added for security since the step was the preferred placement during Advent. The cherry wood top is an open octagon which echoes the design of the cruciform baptismal font and may be adorned with seasonal greenery.
Sculptured in clay and cast via the lost wax method this corpus was placed on a refurbished processional cross. The wood, iron and silver coordinate with other liturgical furnishings throughout the church.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Children's Choir Room, Roswell Presbyterian Church, Roswell GA