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Hand-Blown Stained Glass Window by James Hubbell Dedicated at Ramona Library [Photos]

A light catching, colorful new piece by a world-renowned architect/artist greets visitors to the Ramona Library.

Friends of Ramona Library dedicated a new stained glass window by a renowned local artist that was recently installed in the library’s south-west entrance. The new James Hubbell creation was installed in November and complements the window which was installed last year on the opposite end of the lobby. 

Hubbell, the world acclaimed architect/artist, was at the dedication as a guest of honor and spoke to the crowd.

“The windows are like adding visual music to the entrances”, said Hubbell, who named it "Aeolius: Mystical Keeper of the Winds," from ancient mythology. 

“It is a source of inspiration and change; a blessing” he added. “The construction of our new library has brought an intersection of democracy and literacy to the community of Ramona and aids in the launching of further education, training and knowledge.”

Director of San Diego County Libraries José A. Aponte said the Ramona Library was one of the best libraries in the county, "a friendly, welcoming building, that's easy to use."

Aponte said he couldn't well put the windows into words, but tried anyways. 

"Light, knowledge, celebration, community... we thank you," he said to Hubbell.

Annie Fagan, a local Ramona artist, has worked with Hubbell for the last 13 years and was integral in creating both stained glass windows at the library. The windows are Hubbell's design, but she constructed the piece. As Hubbell put it, "she's the one who cut her fingers."

The windows are constructed of hand-blown glass. When asked how long it took to create the new window, Fagan couldn't quantify it. She said she never looks at the clock when she's creating.

The new windows were made possible from public contributions to the Friends of the Ramona Library as well as from the Ramona Art Guild which donated $2,000 to the second Hubbell window.

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