We recently installed three beautiful stained glass pieces by Lily Havey on the Children’s Mezzanine. You can see them as you enter the library if you look up at the second floor.
Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey was born in Los Angeles. In 1942 her family was relocated first to Santa Anita Assembly Center, then to the government internment camp at Amache, Colorado. For four years they lived in a 20 x 40 foot room in a barrack shared by five other families. The space was heated by a pot-bellied stove, and the family had no latrine or running water facilities. Harvey expresses her experience through watercolors, which have been donated to the Center for Documentary Arts of Salt Lake City. An exhibit of 23 of these watercolor pieces was displayed at the Orem Public Library from May – June, 2008.
Havey’s family moved to Salt Lake City after the war and she attended Jordan Junior High School, West High School, and the University of Utah. She graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, majoring in piano pedagogy, and later earned an MFA degree from the University of Utah. She taught for thirteen years at Skyline and Cottonwood High Schools and left in 1971 to pursue an interest in stained glass, which ultimately became a part time business. Harvey has two sons, Tab Uno and Michael Havey, and one granddaughter, Autumn Akiko. She resides in Salt Lake City and works out of a studio in her home.
Lily Havey’s hand-blown glass work is characterized by motion and movement in the glass. She often incorporates calligraphy inspired brushstrokes into the glass. The three pieces in Orem’s collection were inspired by a workshop from noted glass artisan Narcissus Quagliata. Havey donated Ascending and Descending in 2007. Flight was commissioned and purchased by the City in 2007.