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The LCPS Chooses Historical Povey Brothers Art Glass Works As Their Focus For Historic Preservation Month Lecture

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From: John Goodenberger
To: Media
Date: 03/30/09
Subject: LCPS Historic Preservation Month Lecture

Clatsop Community College
Contact: John Goodenberger 503-325-0209
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The LCPS Chooses Historical Povey Brothers Art Glass Works As Their Focus For Historic Preservation Month Lecture

The Lower Columbia Preservation Society and Clatsop Community College Arts & Ideas celebrate Historic Preservation Month in May with a lecture on the Povey Bros. Art Glass Works. Portland’s David Schlicker, a stained glass window expert, will discuss the revolutionary studio that produced opalescent glass for churches and wealthy homes throughout the West Coast, including Astoria.

The lecture will be held Wednesday, May 13th at 7:00 PM in the Performing Arts Center, 16th and Franklin in Astoria. The Performing Arts Center is ADA accessible. Tickets are $10.

For generations, the Povey family created artistic glass windows in England. David Povey studied at the Cooper Union Institute of Art in New York and traveled throughout Europe before opening a studio in Portland. He partnered with his brother George, operating a Portland studio from 1888 to 1929. Their work appears in the Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria BC, the Pittock Mansion, Portland, the Deepwood Estate, Salem, and the First Presbyterian Church, Astoria.

According to Schlicker, “The brothers’ craftsmanship enabled them to create a level of artwork previously unknown.” Further, he said, “No one would imagine using colors in those combinations, but the Poveys made it work.” Now, people are beginning to understand the firm’s significance. Their glass represents some of the finest cultural artifacts of its period.

David Schlicker, of Portland’s Stained Glass Studio, has more than 30 years experience in stained glass. He creates period pieces in Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, Gothic and contemporary styles. Schlicker is well versed in the history of stained glass and proficient in restoring old windows in order to preserve historic pieces to compliment a building’s classic architecture.

For more information, contact John Goodenberger 503-325-0209.

Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

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Interior, First Presbyterian Church, Astoria. Photo by John Goodenberger

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