Large stained glass panels by Louis Tiffany and John LaFarge currently on view in dynamic show at the Worcester Art Museum.
Large stained glass panels by Louis Tiffany and John LaFarge currently on view in dynamic show at the Worcester Art Museum.

The name Tiffany is synonymous with radiant stained-glass windows found in churches, homes and other institutions around the country. So, too, is the name LaFarge, although not quite as famous today as Tiffany's.

The Worcester Art Museum is currently featuring "Radiance Rediscovered: Stained Glass by Tiffany and LaFarge." On view through July 7, it centers on two sets of exquisite memorial windows created by Louis C. Tiffany and his contemporary artist and rival John LaFarge. They have not been on view for over 40 years.

Originally commissioned for Boston's Mount Vernon Congregational Church in the late 1890s, they were donated to the WAM in 1975 when the church vacated its building.

The two artists were contemporaries, and LaFarge reportedly introduced Tiffany to the stained-glass technique for which he became famous. Their friendship soured over a patent disagreement.

But they are on view together now at the WAM in the dazzling show that also features other works that highlight their creative visions and techniques and their aesthetic influences from paintings and works on paper to iridescent art glass.


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If you visit the museum this Saturday, March 16, be sure to check out the Tour of the Month, which focuses on Monet's Waterloo Bridge (now on view) and Monet's Influence on American Impressionism. It meets at 2 p.m., in the Lancaster Welcome Center.

Visit www.worcesterart.org for info.

Nancye Tuttle's email address is nancyedt@verizon.net.

Gallery Notes

AT THE BRUSH: Lowell's Brush Art Gallery and Studios, 256 Market St., is hosting its annual "Four by Four for Education" exhibit, with 140 artists participating to raise money for a UMass Lowell scholarship and The Brush's Special Perspective program that brings art instruction to challenged adults. On view through March 30, artists have created works on 4-inch-by-4-inch blank, stretched canvases that the Brush has provided. On March 30 (snow date March 31) at 2 p.m., guests will purchase $25 tickets at the door (none sold in advance) and will leave with a work of art. In addition, UMass Lowell faculty are displaying their work in conjunction with the exhibit. Featured artists include Anna Isaak Ross, Ellen J. Wetmore, Hanna Melnyczuk, Deborah A. Santoro, Pavel Romaniko, Michael Roundy, Laurel McMechan, Yuko Oda, Regina Milan, Jennifer Houle, Padmini Chandrasekaran, Melissa Schrenker, Stephen Misol, Samnang Riebe, Mary Robbins, Meghan Ambra and Markus Haala. The faculty exhibit is on through April 20, and a reception takes place Saturday, March 23, 2-4 p.m. Call 978-459-7819 or visit http://thebrush.org.

IN GREENWALD: Thickets, a collaborative art exhibit by Lowell artists Jan Johnson and Walter Wright, is on view through March 31 at the Greenwald Gallery at the Arts League of Lowell, 307 Market St. It integrates traditional media, including painting, printmaking and sculpture, with new technology, such as computer programming, sound and video, to create new modes of expression, exhibition and performance. Visit www.artsleagueoflowell.com or call 978-221-5018 for info.

BOOK TALK: Author Jessie Morgan-Owens discusses her book, "Girl in Black and White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams and the Abolition Movement," on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m., at the Rasmussen Education Center at the Concord Museum, Lexington Road, Concord. She'll share the true story of Mary Mildred Williams, an enslaved girl who looked "white" and whose photograph transformed the abolitionist movement. Seven-year-old Mary unexpectedly became the face of American slavery in 1855 after a decades-long court battle resulted in her family's freedom. Abolitionist Charles Sumner, a Massachusetts senator, paraded young Mary in front of audiences at a sold-out abolition lecture series as evidence that slavery knew no bounds. Morgan-Owens is a dean at Bard Early College in New Orleans. Some of her research was conducted at the museum, where she pored through the collection to uncover Mary's untold story. Books available for purchase and signing. Free for members; $5, non-members. Visit www.concordmuseum.org.

LATE NITE FUN: The Museum of Fine Arts Boston hosts its popular MFA Late Nites this Friday into Saturday, March 15-16. Between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., visit select galleries, sample wine, beer, food and snacks in several locations, enjoy hip hop music and gender-bending haute couture, do karaoke and participate in other fun, funky activities. All ages welcome. Proof of age required to purchase alcohol. No smoking or vaping. Backpacks and large bags not permitted. $20 at the door. Visit www.mfa.org.