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The Enlightenment: The Lamb Studios Stained Glass Newsletter

Vol. No. 2, Issue No. 2, February 2015

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum, Winter Park, Florida

The Morse Museum in Winter Park, Florida is a must place to visit when in the Orlando area. It has an interesting display of the personal work of Louis Comfort Tiffany showing glass, pottery, jewelry, and stained glass. There is a glorious eight foot diameter Frederick Stymetz Lamb window elegantly displayed as a focal point. Works by Frank Lloyd Wright and John LaFarge are also on display. The Museum has many events that are open and free to the public. Events include Friday Nights at the Morse, where there is no charge for admission to the museum on Fridays from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., with live music on selected Fridays. They also have Friday Brown Bag Matinees, where the museum shows films at noon and those attending are invited to bring their lunch with them. The Wednesday Lecture Series features presentations which this year will focus on topics related to new exhibitions from the Museum’s Collection.

As part of Wednesday Lecture Series, the Owner and President of Lamb Studios Donald Samick was invited to give a presentation on the history of the J&R Lamb Studios and the development of stained glass in the 20th Century. Through a power point presentation he not only showed slides of works by Lamb artists, but of many artists, such as Robert Sowers, Charlie Lawrence, Ellen Miret, Kenneth Leap, Paul Marioni, Kenneth Von Rhohn, Marc Chagall, and others who were artists that propelled stained glass into the 21st Century. The lecture was well attended, with 140 stained glass enthusiasts present. At the end of the presentation, Donald fielded numerous interesting questions from the audience.

Donald’s talk made it into the local paper, the Sun Sentinel, in an article written and edited by Michael W. Freeman
 
History of stained glass: from churches to collectors
By Michael W. Freeman Winter Park Forum Editor

When America was building its great institutions, including the churches that would form the cultural center of many newly-emerging communities, it was an absolutely booming time for the stain glass industry, noted Donald Samick.

What so many of those churches wanted, he added, were those iconic and artistic stained glass windows.

“The American studios flourished, as did studios in Germany, Austria and England, to meet the demand for glass in new church buildings across the country,” noted Samick, the president and owner of J&R Lamb Studios in Midland Park, N.J.

That boom would continue until the Great Depression, he added, which slowed down new church construction or those using stained glass windows.

But not for long, he added.

During the depression, “The architects who were building churches did not want to use opalescent stain glass windows,” he said. “They wanted to go back to gothic.”

Then came the second World War, and the trend shifted back again, Samick added.

“At the end of World War II, another economic resurgence took place,” he said. “This time all the churches built at the turn of the century without stain glass suddenly wanted to put in tributes to the war’s heroes.”

On Wednesday, Samick gave a lecture on Stained Glass of the J. & R. Lamb Studios and Its Contemporaries of the 20th Century at the Hugh F. and Jeannette G. McKean Pavilion at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, as part of the museum’s free lecture series.

Before an overflow crowd inside the auditorium, Samick noted that there are some misconceptions about stained glass – including the common view that it represents a relic of the past. Not true, he added.

“There isn’t new stain glass being made because of the lack of new church/synagogue construction,” he said.

But today, there is a very active movement on behalf of the restoration of stain glass windows – and a growing number of collectors looking to protect and preserve them.

“They take them because they want to hold on to them,” Samick said.

Samick said a great example of that is the Morse Museum at 445 N. Park Ave., which is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany. That includes the museum’s collection of Tiffany leaded-glass windows.

“This is quite an honor for me to be in Winter Park at this gallery for the first time,” Samick said.

Looking out at the huge crowd attending the lecture, he added, “I didn’t realize there were so many people interested in stain glass.”

Samick spent his career working on stained glass through Lamb Studios, and their work includes the glass windows at Winter Park Methodist Church and All Saints Episcopal Church, and in Orlando, at the Central Christian Church on Ivanhoe Boulevard.

“Being a 158 year old studio,” he said, “means this company experienced a lot of the changes in our society.”

In This Issue

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum, Winter Park, FL
Donald Samick, president and owner of J&R Lamb Studios, presented a history of stained glass studios in the U.S. to an overflow crowd at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Florida.

(Photo: ST ANTHONY'S, YONKERS)

Completed Project: St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church, Yonkers NY
Over the years we have created many new stained glass windows for St. Anthony’s R.C. Church in Yonkers, New York. Our latest addition to the church was a pair of 24” x 37 ½” windows that contain hand painted images of two popes: the recently Canonized Pope John Paul II, and Pope John XXIII.

Artist Carmen Moreno designed the windows and selected all mouth blown glasses with input from Father Mastrolia from the church.  Carmen then performed the painting of the windows and fired them in the kiln for permanence. Each of the faces were painted and fired at least four times to achieve the desired aesthetic. On site, the existing frames were removed and discarded and new Sussman Series #6400 thermally broken aluminum frames in dark brown finish were installed with insulated glass units on the exterior and the new stained glass on the interior.

Stained Glass in the News

Rosemont, Pa: The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Rosemont College was featured in an interesting article in the Philadelphia Enquirer. The chapel is one of only two U.S. chapels with stained glass windows depicting only female saints. The windows were originally created by the recently closed Willet Stained Glass Studio in Philadelphia. The article can be found here:
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20150203_A_stained-glass_tribute_to_holy_women.html

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