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Arts America is a weekend series showcasing local art organizations and their stories from the Nine Network and PBS stations across the country. It’s a full afternoon of local and national arts starting on Saturday at 3:30pm and then on Sunday from 1pm to 4pm (CST). An amazing collaboration between 30 PBS stations sharing their best art segments for family’s across the country!
This weekend they will be featuring a St. Louis local family run business, Emil Frei and Associates, who create amazing stained glass windows. This art has been passed through the Frei family for over a century. In fact, almost half of St. Louis’s churches contain windows crafted by Frei!
During the tenure of Emil Sr., the studio became known for some of the highest quality Munich pictorial stained glass windows in the world, as evidenced by the grand prize won at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition for windows done at Holy Family Church in Waterton, New York. This style, characterized by its utterly life-like portraits of saints and biblical scenes, particularly of the life of Jesus, was the pinnacle of painting on glass. So detailed were these windows that many of the artists at the studio would spend their whole career painting nothing but faces and hands.
Currently the Emil Frei and Associates company is held by the fourth and fifth generations of the Frei family. They carry on this most beautiful craft as glaziers, cutters, cementers, artist’s assistants, installers, and theological consultants. This Saturday you can learn more about their contribution to modernizing the art of stained glass!
Other features on Arts America this weekend include:
- David Tart, Former Disney’s Pixar Animation Studios Artist
- A Collector of Street Corner Penny Scales
- Sacramento Painter Lauren Laundau
These Arts America segments will be featured on Saturday, October 25th at 3:30pm CST. If you happen to miss it, it re-airs on Sunday at 1:00pm!