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Peace by Piece: A new gallery in Gatlinburg
Peace by Piece: A new gallery in Gatlinburg

The Smokies inspire a lot of artists in East Tennessee, including one stained glass maker.

She established her art studio and gallery in Gatlinburg in a renovated 200 year old cabin.

"If I come to work for eight hours a day I want to be in here," Sandy Sgrillo said.

She calls it Peace by Piece.

"It brings me peace. P-E-A-C-E. It brings me peace and each piece is done one at a time. Peace by Piece," she said.

She makes one piece of stained glass at a time.

"I do all kinds of art. I do graphic art photography. But the stained glass just talked to me and I've been doing it 20 years," she said.

Her studio is part of the gallery so customers see her as she works, which leads to some quick sales.

"They saw me working on it and they're like how much is that going to be when you're done with it? We want it. And then it literally flies out the door and I never even get to hang it," she explained.

Her inspiration is the Smokies.

"Just look outside and you've got nature and animals and wildlife and the trees and leaves. I'm big on leaves as you can see," she said. "I like to use not just glass but different things like sliced agate stones, glass nuggets. I do beading and feather work on some of the pieces. And I like to do different shapes, different sizes, just something where people will look at it and say I know I'm never going to find that anywhere else."

Some of the stained glass features natural wood frames.

"I have a real nice little old guy who makes beautiful cedar frames for me and I just tell him just bring me a whole variety of shapes. Triangles and octagons and squares and he just brings them and they're perfect," she said.

Sandy Sgrillo shares her knowledge in classes here where students learn the basics.

"You design the pattern that you love and then it just develops from there. And you add colors and glass and it just grows and becomes better and better and better," she said.

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