Charles J. Connick (1875-1945) was America’s most influential and accomplished stained glass artist of the 20th century. Operating out of his studio-workshop in the Back Bay starting in 1913, he and his co-workers created thousands of stained glass windows for religious buildings, colleges, libraries, businesses, and homes throughout the United States. Connick was inspired by the ideals of the Arts & Crafts Movement, and thrived on constant experimentation in both design and workmanship.
St. Michael’s is fortunate to have several windows designed by Connick and by one of his Boston contemporaries, Wilbur Herbert Burnham. The Connick Foundation, which promotes understanding and appreciation for the medium of stained glass and the tradition of the Connick studio, has organized a tour of notable stained glass in the Boston area that includes a visit to St. Michael’s on Saturday, October 27, at 11 a.m. All parishioners are invited to attend; the visit will last about an hour. The tour will be led by British historian Peter Cormack, MBE, FSA, the foremost authority on the stained glass of the Arts & Crafts Movement. There is no fee for parishioners to join the group at St. Michael’s; a $5 donation is suggested.
The full Connick Foundation tour also includes visits on Saturday to All Saints, Ashmont at 9:30 a.m., and St. Stephen’s, Cohasset, in the afternoon, and on Sunday to two North Shore locations. (We are welcome to “drop in” to All Saints, but anything more requires registration and payment because it involves transportation and lunch.) For more about the tour, go to www.cjconnick.org or see information posted on the upper parish hall bulletin board.