Jerry Hymel was trained as a research scientist at the Medical Center of South Carolina. In 1972 he accepted a faculty position at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss. Seven years later his life was thrown a curve. While cutting a tree, the tree fell, pinning him beneath and severing his spinal cord. After a long hospitalization, he returned to the classroom but it soon became apparent that a change in lifestyle would be necessary. In 1982 Hymel began to pursue a hobby in stained glass. The hobby developed into a cottage industry and his business is called Our Glass Studio.
In 1987 Jerry joined the Craftsmen Guild of Mississippi. In 1995 he was selected to display a Christmas ornament on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. In 1999 he traveled to Los Angeles to represent Mississippi and the United States at the international festival for handicapped artists. The event is sponsored by Very Special Arts, which is part of the Kennedy Foundation. He participated as artist-in-residence at St. Richard's School in Jackson, Mississippi under a grant awarded by the Mississippi Arts Commission. The Project involved working with each student to construct a twelve-foot diameter mosaic. It commemorates a totally accessible playground of which there are only nineteen in the world.
In 2002 he was selected as one of the artists in the U.S. to create an ornament for the White House Christmas tree. He was invited to the White House to attend a reception given by Mrs. Laura Bush. In 2003 he received the Artistic Achievement award by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services and selected to join the Louisiana Craftsmen's Guild.
Hymel's creations are for sale at galleries throughout the southeast and include gift items, beveled glass, angels and kaleidoscopes. His work also includes custom windows for homes and churches and restorations. To see some of his work visit the Our Glass Website at www.ourglass.com.
Exhibitions and Activities
- 54tTH ANNUAL SPRING OPEN EXHIBITION
- Louisiana Coffee Painting Workshop
- 2015 Spring Show
- 2014 Annual Spring Open Show
- February 2014 One06 Exhibit
- "Starry November Night" 2013 Show at the 106 >
- "A Piece of Louisiana" Show and Sale - August/September 2013
- Jubilee! 50-Year Celebration!
- Brews Arts Festival 2013
- Tangi Tourist Commission Obelisk Restoration 2012
- Louisiana Reflections
- Art in April 2012
- Jubilee Slideshow
- Slide Show 2011
- Spring 2011 Guild Picnic
- Brews Arts Festival 2011
- HAG Board Business
- Prospectus for May 2016 Exhibition
- Tangipahoa Tourist Commission Exhibit September 1 -30, 2015
- Coffee Painting Information
- 54th Annual Spring Show 2016
- Plein Air Painting
- HAG Spring Show Prospectus
- Judge for Spring Show Mark Blitickof