History of Stained Glass – Lecture, Sept. 12, 2017
Local artist and businessman Frank Weidman will present a program entitled “History of Stained Glass” as part of the Cornwall Iron Furnace Lecture Series on Tuesday, September 12. The presentation will be held in the Freeman Hall auditorium at Cornwall Manor Retirement Community at 7:00 p.m.
Weidman, owner of Weidman Stained Glass in Lebanon, will give a brief history of the craft and show pictures of early windows from Europe. He will also demonstrate how a window is designed and fabricated using pictures from his collection.
Weidman was born in Lebanon, but grew up in Myerstown, where he currently lives. He is an ELCO High School alumnus and graduated from the York Academy of Arts in York, PA. At the Academy he majored in illustration but also studied composition, color theory, design, history of art, drawing, painting, figure drawing and anatomy, among other subjects. He worked as an apprentice for a glass studio in York while attending school and later worked for two additional stained glass companies, one in the Reading area to learn all aspects of the trade.
In 1974 he opened his own studio in Myerstown, which he moved to his present location in Lebanon in 1977. He is engaged in the design and fabrication of new stained glass windows as well as restoration of old windows, church windows comprising the main part of his work. He is one of a few artists with the expertise to work with the glass stains which are applied to the surface of pieces of glass, which are then fired in a kiln at high temperatures. Next year will mark 50 years of working full time in his trade.
Weidman is also interested in local history and architecture, having served as a past president and current board member of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lebanon County. He was also involved with the Isaac Meier Homestead in Myerstown in the past, as well as singing with the Lebanon County Choral Society for several years. He is currently the organist and choir director at his church. As well as the above involvements, he lists among his interests gardening and growing exotic plants, plus grafting and growing antique apple varieties.
The program is held in a handicap-accessible venue and is free to the public. A freewill offering will be taken. For more information please call the Cornwall Iron Furnace at 717-272-9711 and visit the furnace website at www.cornwallironfurnace.org for a listing of upcoming programs and activities sponsored by the Furnace.
Detouring to the Freeman Community Center – there are two ways to enter Laurel Place (#17) to access the Community Center. You can either enter on the side (closest to the Mansion and Administration Building by walking up a ramp) or entering Laurel Place on the side (closer to the Community Center) in the breezeway. There are detour signs inside Laurel Place.
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