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The Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation, Ltd., Orin E. Skinner, Founder October, 1998
Directors and Officers: Theresa D.Cederholm    Jonathan L.Fairbanks    Elizabeth B. Johnson    Robert G.Windsor    Marilyn B. Justice, President

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The images in this special color issue of our newsletter hint of the great potential glories of ever-changing color in light. The Connick Studio "painted with light" (Jonathan Fairbanks) using a rich palette with the understanding that light, color and distance are at the heart of all stained glass craftsmen's most important problems. (CJC)
Bishop Benjamin D. Dagwell wrote Charles Connick on July 30, 1941: "I look forward to the day when we have some of your work in our Oregon churches." Connick replied "Your letter of July 30 is most welcome, and when you speak of the possibilities of my having windows in Oregon churches, I am almost startled to recall that my only work in that state is a series of small medallions [ships set in quarry background] in the Directors' Room of the United States National Bank of Portland.
Gathering the often somber overcast moods of the Portland weather, Connick stained glass transmits the tranquillity of divine wisdom in their use of blue glass and the exuberant vitality of Divine Love in their use of reds. (In medieval times red was recognized as the symbol of divine love and passionate devotion, martyrdom and sacrifice. Blue became the color significant of heavenly wisdom and eternal loyalty, truth and contemplation. Green, the color of springtime, is the symbol of hope and victory. White is the color of faith and peace; gold, the color of achievement and treasures in heaven; while purple and violet suggests royalty, justice, and in a sense, humility, suffering and penitence.)
Eight nave windows in Trinity Cathedral symbolize the Beatitudes with medallions depicting incidents from the life of Christ and his followers. Growing vine forms enrich the field and outline the medallions, flowering in white fleur-de-lis of purity. The fields of the medallions and the background of the vine pattern beautifully alternate in ruby and blue, both colors serving most effectively as a foil for lovely passages of gold, green and violet through which runs a uniting thread of silver, as essential as the black lines of the sturdy leads. (Orin E. Skinner, Connick Archive) This kneeling angel with green wings complements the active field of color and design in the Eighth Beatitude north aisle window (upper right illustration), "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven". The principal medallion is St. John the Baptist in prison.
Many of the charming windows of St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church are arranged in two lancet sets with related themes from the Old and New Testaments. The fourth window from the chancel on the north side is devoted to Hosea, the Prophet of Love; and the parable of the prodigal son. Hosea (lower right illustration) stands in an attitude of compassion before a background of ruins from which grows a fruit tree (Chap. 2:15-23).
In the chancel window of Moreland Presbyterian Church the central figure of Christ is attended by this Angel of Praise bearing a trumpet (illustration on the left). The deep blue field is enriched with stars and clouds with the surrounding border of grape vine suggesting the unity of the church. The palette has been kept deep and richùthe light garment of this angel is patterned and textured sufficiently to diffuse the strong south light.
This issue is in remembrance of Orin E. Skinner whose work, wisdom and artistry continues to inspire Adventurers in Light and Color.
Grateful thanks to Ian Justice who gifted The Connick Foundation with the color slides used in this newsletter.
Please address questions, comments and/or gifts to The Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation, 37 Walden Street, Newtonville, MA 02460. (Please note that our zip code has changed to 02460.)
The Orin E. Skinner Annual Lecture will be presented Tuesday November 3rd at 6:30 pm, Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, Copley Square. Paul F. Norton's talk will include slides. 
The black and white photographs framing the announcement of the lecture (over) are from the Connick Archives, Fine Arts Department, courtesy of the Trustees, Boston Public Library
One Definition of Window is "a means of obtaining information".  Our newsletter will keep you informed of the Foundation's activities, the Connick Collection in the Fine Arts department of the Boston Public Library, and Connick news around the country.
The Orin E. Skinner Annual Lecture

Paul F. Norton, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will be the Orin E. Skinner Annual Lecturer. The topic he has chosen "Revelations from the Stained Glass of Rhode Island," derives from an eight-year survey of all stained glass windows in churches and public buildings of the state.
The Connick Studio (1912-1986) created windows in fifteen Rhode Island communities from 1917 to 1980. Illustrated here is a Connick Associates window in the Church of the Messiah, Providence, dating in 1960. This uncommonly beautiful window displays a scene of the Good Samaritan. Stong in color, yet gentle in sentiment, the window is typical of the high quality maintained by the studio even after the death of Charles Connick.
Professor Norton's illustrated lecture will include a discussion of kinds of glass, styles of design, effects of historic events, and both the expected and unexpected subject matter in stained glass windows. Our general understanding of stained glass will be enhanced by Professor Norton's comprehensive survey, documentation and study of Rhode Island's treasury of glass.
Sponsored by the Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation in cooperation with the Boston Public Library, the lecture will take place on Tuesday, November 3, 1998, at 6:30 pm in Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Boston. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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