Scenes From ‘Kites Of Many Colors’ Dedication

The newest artwork in the Los Alamos County’s art collection, ‘Kites Of Many Colors’ was dedicated during a ceremony Sunday in the White Rock Branch Library. From left, Arts in Public Places (APP) Board Chair Jeremy Smith, APP board member Pete Carson, Los Alamos County Councilor Randall Ryti, artist Thom Norris, White Rock resident Jackie Hurtle, artist Eric Markow, Councilor Katrina Schmidt, APP staff liaison Katy Korkos, former APP staff liaison Libby Carlsten, Library Manager Eileen Sullivan and White Rock resident Glenn Banks take part in the ceremony. Hurtle and her husband Banks were instrumental in bringing the work to the APP board’s attention. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

The new art piece, ‘Kites Of Many Colors’ now hangs above the fireplace at the White Rock Branch Library. The pieces were created by Maryland artists Eric Markow and Thom Norris. They explained they used 300 colors and wove 6,235 strands of glass to create the entire art work. Each kite took about six weeks to make and each weighs 10 pounds. The kites are a nod to the Los Alamos Arts Council’s kite festival, which takes place annually at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Maryland artists Thom Norris, left, and Erick Markow discuss their work during the dedication ceremony. Through a lot of experimentation the two invented glass weaving in 2003. Their work has gained a lot of attention and recognition; Norris and Markow were featured on CBS Sunday Morning and FOX Morning News. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos County Councilor Katrina Schmidt checks out a sample of woven glass created by artists Thom Norris and Eric Markow during the dedication ceremony. Photo by Katy Korkos