Mark Wren - Stained Glass Artist
Drawn to rural life in Downeast Maine, Mark and Arlene Wren moved from upstate New York in the late 1970's. The long winters encouraged activities by the wood stove, where Wrenovations stained glass creations began. Mark was introduced to the craft and mentored by an artist he initially did carpentry work for.
What started as a part-time hobby turned into a full-time passion. Mark's work has been juried and included in numerous art festivals. He was named a featured artist at the National Folk Festival in Bangor, Maine.
Beekeeping is another one of Mark's pursuits, allowing for Wrenovations' expansion into honey and beeswax products. Mark oversees two apiaries in Robbinston, Maine, one at home and the other at a nearby farm.
When not creating with stained glass, tending the gardens or the beehives, Mark conducts demonstrations at area schools and teaches stained glass workshops at the Cobscook Institute. He and Arlene like to spend time fishing and ice fishing at the lake where they have a second home.
Arlene Wren - Fiber Artist
At just three years old, Arlene Wren remembers watching her grandmother braid rugs and was eager to learn. Once she proved that she could darn socks and weave yarn, her grandmother agreed to teach her "everything else."
Her talents are many. She also draws, does needlepoint, upcycles denim into quilts, fashions ornaments out of bearded wheat, makes glass jewelry and turns the honey and beeswax from their hives into personal care items: soap, lip balms and body lotions.
Always by her husband's side at craft shows and art festivals, Arlene's handmade fiber arts now share booth space with Mark's stained glass creations. She also brings Wrenovations' products to the Machias Marketplace where their honey and beeswax items have developed a following.
Arlene is a long-time hospice volunteer and a Reiki Master offering sessions and classes. She also teaches classes on how to braid rugs at the Cobscook Institute.
In the kitchen, Arlene keeps busy "putting up" fruits and vegetables from their gardens to fill the pantry. Just when you think she doesn't have time to relax, you'll find her casting a line with Mark or reading a book while adrift at the lake.
Wrenovations - Studio
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Wrenovations Stained Glass Creations is an independent, family owned and operated studio located at 6 Steam Mill Road in Robbinston, Maine.
From Route 1 (both north and south directions) in Robbinston, watch for road signs for “Wrenovations.” Turn off Route 1 onto the Ridge Road. There's only one way to turn, as the other side of Route 1 is Mill Cove – either water or a clam flat depending on the tide. Travel up Ridge Road one mile and look for the Wrenovations sign. Turn right onto Steam Mill Road. It's the first house on the road. Pull into the driveway. If you travel too far on the Ridge Road, you will see the Hilltop Campground, so turn around and come back down the hill.
The studio, open year 'round,
can be visited by making an appointment.
or text 207-904-7140.
The selection of stained glass includes a large range of styles, colors, designs and prices. Stained glass panels, lamps, mirrors, candle holders, wind chimes, nightlights, jewelry and sun catchers are a few of the available items.
We work directly with all customers who want a custom designed stained glass creation. We will create a design to complement any location in your business or home. Using your idea or design, creating a new design, or adapting an existing pattern, we will create a stained glass panel that matches your preferences. Customers can approve the final pattern, select glass samples, and/or determine the type of framing.
Feel free to contact us to tell us specifically what you are interested in. We will make every effort to turn your vision into a reality.