The art of creating stained glass is alive and thriving at legendary Highland Park studio

LOS ANGELES — Stained glass, as an art and craft, dates back nearly two thousand years. Although these colorful creations are often seen in churches and cathedrals, they’re now seen in more and more architectural spaces.

“I think what’s interesting about stained glass now is that it’s transforming contemporary environments,” said David Judson, President of Judson Studios in the Highland Park neighborhood in Los Angeles. Judson is a descendent of the studio’s founder.

“The company started in 1897. It was founded by my great, great grandfather William Lees Judson. He was a painter, and he came to California, but he struggled as an artist,” said Judson. “He realized stained glass was the perfect medium not only to be able to work in the arts and design, but also something that could be a business.”

Judson Studios is the oldest studio in the U.S. still owned and operated by the same

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If Norman Rockwell were alive today: North Jersey photo exhibit updates iconic artist’s works

Painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell was renowned for capturing the essence of American life in his paintings and magazine cover illustrations over a span of six decades.

What if he were alive and active today?

Montclair Art Museum’s new exhibit, “Fragile Freedoms: Maggie Meiners Revisits Rockwell,” features 18 photographs that “reinterpret and update” the legendary artist’s classic images of mid-century America culture. The show will open on Sunday, Feb. 7, and run through June 13 at the museum’s 3 S. Mountain Ave. location.

Photo artist Maggie Meiners was inspired by a 2010 visit with her family to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. There she noticed that Rockwell’s paintings “were really sparking conversations among visitors.” The Winnetka, Illinois-based photographer decided to recreate some of Rockwell’s classic paintings with the hope that “these images will be a platform for people to use for discussion, to expand dialogue while connecting people

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