Built in 1906 in West Philadephia, Calvary United Methodist Church had become a decrepit building by the 1990s. Congregants had put the building's Tiffany windows up for sale. The Victorian stained glass dome in the roof above the church's decaying sanctuary was removed and sold, but then a change of heart happened, the community worked together, and with the help of Partners for Sacred Places, a Philadelphia charity, the dome and the church are restored. Richard Driehaus, a collector who originally bought the domes said, "Sometimes it's better when you put [stained glass] back to its original context, I collect stained glass to protect it."
The art of light inspires, and its play with color captivates. Light's transforming quality fascinates, especially when it is captured by gemstones and antique stained glass that glow from within...
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Al is skilled in the arts of goldsmithing, diamond setting and jewelry designing, and all of the jewelry here, except for mixed media, is Al's - - all meticulously done by Al, no outside assistance. Although there are a few collaborative designs with his wife Caroline, and there are her occasional oohs and ahs and what-if questions. Well, maybe a little more often than that! Most of the photography is done by Caroline, and she designs and handmakes mixed media art jewelry.
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Stained Glass Association of America
The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stained and Leaded Glass
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
The Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows
Metropolitan Museum's Gallery devoted to the Works of Louis Comfort Tiffany
Corning Museum of Glass
Museum of Glass
The Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion
The Blenko Museum
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