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Wisconsin stained-glass artist to teach on Honduran island

Originally, he was looking for a place to escape harsh Wisconsin winters. He sent teaching proposals ... he wants to build a learning studio and a handful of tiny homes where students can live while attending classes. “This will only play out if the ...

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JANESVILLE, Wis(AP) — Stained-glass artist Richard Snyder hopes to re-invent himself in paradise. The Janesville man has shipped 400 pounds of glass and equipment to Roatan, a small island about 40 miles off the northern coast of Honduras. He flies to the island Jan4 and will stay a month. When Snyder arrives, he will teach stained-glass classes to paying U.Sand Canadian tourists at two hotels and an art gallery. Most Read StoriesKing County: Don’t prepay your property taxes now to avoid tax hit next yearSnow on Christmas Eve in the Seattle area? Here are the chances  VIEWAmtrak crew in Washington state train crash was not using cellphone | Train derailmentArchbishop Murphy's Kyler Gordon, state's No1 recruit, chooses Huskies over Notre DameSeattle man faces long recovery after Amtrak derailment, but financial claims could be limitedUnlimited Digital Access $1 for 4 weeks.“I already have more than 25 people signed up,” he said. He also plans to teach free classes to the Honduran people, especially children. “The local people are poor,” Snyder told the Janesville Gazette “They might be able to boost their standard of living by selling what they make to tourists.” Snyder is known for his restoration of 44 stained-glass windows at Janesville’s Oak Hill ChapelHe is looking forward to its grand opening in May. Last week, he had three more windows to complete to bring the historic chapel back to its former glory. “Hopefully, they will be done by the time I leave,” Snyder said. In visits to Roatan last summer, Snyder found no stained glass for saleBut he encountered friendly people enthusiastic about his art form. Originally, he was looking for a place to escape harsh Wisconsin wintersHe sent teaching proposals to hotels in the U.SVirgin Islands but got no responses. Then a friend suggested he consider Roatan, which is 45 miles long and only 5 miles wide. The island squats at the southern tip of the 700-mile-long Mesoamerican Reef, the second biggest barrier reef in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Once, Roatan was the domain of Spanish conquistadors and British piratesToday, divers flock to the island, which is circled by an underwater garden of corals and sponges. Snyder brings decades of experience to his new endeavor. He has worked as an artist since the late 1970s, when he sold his stained-glass pieces to gift shops and other stores. “I love to draw,” he said“Much of what I do is custom designedAnyone can use patternsI like to put my own flavor to my work.” Snyder also has taught glass art for more than 30 years. “After taking one or two classes, most people are amazed at how easy stained glass is,” he said“At first, they are not sure they can do itBut all my students finish their projects.” He never tires of his art, especially when he holds up a finished piece to see how sunlight breathes life into the colorful patterns. Snyder believes Roatan might offer more than a winter escape. “I’m looking forward to a new way of life,” he said“I want an easier, laid-back life with less stressIt’s hard to make ends meet hereBy the time you pay all your bills, there’s not much left.” The cost of living in Roatan is 40 percent less than in Janesville, he said. Snyder also won’t have a hard time getting used to the turquoise-blue waters of the Caribbean, which he called hypnotic, and 80-degree temperatures. If he finds enough business to support himself, he wants to build a learning studio and a handful of tiny homes where students can live while attending classes. “This will only play out if the teaching idea is successful,” Snyder said. He needs to pursue his dream. “If I could live anywhere in the world,” Snyder said, “it would be Roatan.” ___ Information from: The Janesville Gazette, ANNA MARIE LUX Next Story3 generations of drum majors reminisce about role Previous StoryProsecutor: ‘No doubt’ gunman was targeting police officers // PROD-1622 Outbrain AB Test // Have to disable outbrain from running at this point based on optimizely test booleans (function() { if ( SEATIMESCO.hasOwnProperty('outbrain') && SEATIMESCO.outbrain.hasOwnProperty('enabled') && SEATIMESCO.outbrain.enabled === false ) { var outbrain = null; outbrain = document.querySelector('.OUTBRAIN[data-widget-id="AR_6"]'); if (outbrain !== null ) { outbrain.parentNode.removeChild(outbrain); } } })(); Contact Newsroom staff list FAQ Contact form About the company Seattle Restaurant Week Newspapers in Education Fund for the Needy Employment Historical Archives Pulitzers Company information Permissions Seattle Times Store Advertise Classifieds Autos Homes Obituary Jobs Media Kit Advertise with Us Subscriber Services Subscribe Activate Account Manage Subscription Place Temporary Hold Report Delivery Issue Make a Payment Print Replica Today’s Front Page Facebook Twitter RSS Feeds Newsletters Mobile Apps Subscribe

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