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Emil Frei Stained Glass Company - Contemporary Works

Though the work of the Emil Frei studio and its associated artists may not command the media and critical attention it did half a century ago, it remains elegant, graceful and of high artistic merit - not to mention prolific, as the company is constantly busy with new commissions.

Several of the company's Mid-Century artists have continued to work into the 1990s and 2000s, both independently and with the Frei studio; a few of their works are shown here.

From the small sampling I have, spray masks and applied paints have fallen out of favor, leaving clean, unpainted panels of glass. The result is a brighter and more spritely style than that of the mid-century work, with less of the surreal and ethereal effects common fifty years prior.

Tree of Life Chapel
First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood

Stained Glass: Emil Frei Stained Glass Company
Design: Brother Martin Erspamer, 2007

A glorous full-wall installation in a new chapel at First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood.

Sheldon Concert Hall
Theme and Variation windows

Stained Glass: Emil Frei Stained Glass Company
Design: Rodney Winfield, 2001

Five full-size windows in hues that lighten progressively from front to back.

First Congregational Church of Webster Groves

Stained Glass: Emil Frei Stained Glass Company
Design: Robert Frei, 1993

Love Chapel
Webster Groves Christian Church

Stained Glass: ?
Design: Robert Harmon

The Love Chapel at Webster Groves Christian Church was built in the 1990s, and has its own program of stained glass, designed by Robert Harmon.

The style and color palette is comparable to the contemporaneous Chapel of St. George in Clayton.

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