New Glass Art Adorns Mastick Center

Courtesy photos    Anto Aghapekian worked for more than two years to complete a handmade stained-glass window celebrating Mastick Senior Center. The window appears below.

A new stained glass window depicting the Santa Clara Avenue entrance of Mastick Senior Center has hung in the center’s office as of Oct. 2. The window faces into the Mastick courtyard. 

While Anto Aghapekian led the project and produced the window himself, he was quick to point out that many seniors contributed support and encouragement throughout the project. They included: Robert Hammond, the late Alex Reisbord, Kester Watters, Chester Fong, Debbie Fong, Paul Benton and Joan deSteffano, who is known internationally for restoring and salvaging church windows. 

Chester, a retired architect, suggested adding the tree on the left so the Mastick gate would stand out front and center. 

“Paul Benton, who is of Native American descent, suggested adding the small circle at the lower right,” said Aghapekian. “It’s a symbol borrowed from the indigenous people.”

The Mastick “M” on the archway was fused and shaped by Colene Leong, an instructor at the center. Aghapekian, an artist and retired architect, worked for two and a half years to complete this labor of love which he then donated to the center. 

Mastick Senior Center is located at 1155 Santa Clara Ave.