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Documentary by Canaan, NH Resident about Washington National Cathedral Coming to Black Family Visual Arts Center on May 15

Documentary by Canaan, NH Resident about Washington National Cathedral Coming to Black Family Visual Arts Center on May 15

Let There Be Light, a documentary film by Peter Swanson that follows the Grand Masters of Glass Illuminating at the National Cathedral, will be shown Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 PM in the  Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center, 22 Lebanon St, Hanover, NH 03755. 

What do the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care and the National Cathedral in Washington, DC have in common? Magnificent stained glass made by stained glass master Mary Clerkin Higgins! This film, by Canaan, NH resident Peter Swanson, follows the work of Rowan LeCompte, Dieter Goldkuhle and Mary Clerkin Higgins, all masters of glass and light, who were commissioned to create and install their final stained glass window in Washington National Cathedral. The film explores the intense, painstaking work that goes into each window, and the sometimes painful, but ultimately joyous human process of bringing great art to life. Working their magic, these artists seek to control the light that shines into the massive building. Interviews with cathedral administrators, and clergy provide further insight into the human struggle of commissioning, creating, and installing windows on a monumental scale.

There will be a discussion after the film with filmmaker Peter Swanson, stained glass master artist Mary Clerkin Higgins and renowned Vermont artist Sabra Field who created the image portrayed in the Jack Byrne Center For Hospice and Palliative Care chapel window.

This event is co-sponsored by D-H Arts and OSHER.

For more information contact Marianne Barthel at 603-650-6187.


Photo by Carol M. Highsmith

Correction: In a previous version of this article, the town was incorrectly identified as Canaan, Vermont. 

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