An excellent article was just published by St. Louis Magazine describing the chapel and newly proposed designs for a feature piece by Emil Frei & Associates. To read the article penned by Chris Naffziger, click here.
For the most recent news on the windows at Visitation-St. Anne’s Shrine in St. Louis, MO click here.
St. Louis Post Dispatch features the Emil Frei Studio
Long a St. Louis institution, Emil Frei & Assoc. has received some flattering recognition by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for its legacy in the field of sacred art. To read the article by Mike Faulk, please click here.
The article by Dawn Gresko titled “The Soul of St. Michael’s” in the September 2016 issue of Pensacola’s Downtown Crowd Magazine featured work done by Emil Frei on Pensacola’s Basilica of St. Michael. Artist John Wheadon was interviewed about both the nine new stained glass windows installed into the church and the restoration of the original stained glass. To read the article clink on the link below and turn to page 11.
Most Rev. Bishop Gregory L. Parkes of the Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese with Rector Joseph Callipare led the parish of the Basilica of St. Michael through a celebratory mass and ceremonial blessing of the newly renovated and newly designed stained glass windows at the Basilica as it celebrates it’s 130th Anniversary. St. Michael’s stakes a claim as one of the oldest Catholic communities in the United States by way of their connection to the community who celebrated mass with Spanish explorer Tristan de Luna in 1559 on the beaches of Pensacola.
The original Emil Frei stained glass was given a thorough restoration and provided with hurricane protection glass on the exterior. Nine new windows in keeping with the original Emil Frei windows were added to the bell tower, choir loft, and sacristy.
Click on the link below to read more about the Anniversary Celebration covered in the local newspaper. Or click on the thumbnails below to see larger images of some of the completed Emil Frei projects.
Robert “Bob” Frei, former president of Emil Frei & Associates, passed away on Wednesday. He left an indelible mark on the studio and will be greatly missed by his surviving family and everyone fortunate enough to have known and worked with him. Below is his obituary as it will appear in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Robert Frei of Kirkwood, MO passed away on Wednesday January 20, succumbing to a long heart condition. Robert was born on May 22, 1925.
A noted artist and innovator, he successfully led one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious stained glass firms, Emil Frei and Associates, for almost 30 years. His works have graced more than three hundred churches and institutions across the nation and have been recognized by countless experts as a vital step forward in the craft. They drew largely from his child-like wonder of God’s creation and a love for all things simple, true, and good. In the St. Louis region, his work can be seen at places such as the New Cathedral Basilica, Resurrection Catholic Church, Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Chapel, and the St. Louis Priory, amongst others.
His humility expressed itself in his legendary self-deprecating humor. When he wasn’t embellishing a story to a captive audience, he could be found getting his hands dirty in hard, earnest work or travelling the nation’s parks in a camper with his wife and family.
Amongst his many accomplishments was qualifying for the Olympics as a bicyclist when still a young man. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted into the army where, due to his pacifist convictions, he served in the art and medical department. Upon his discharge from the army, he returned to the Emil Frei Studio to help lead one of the greatest generation of artists in the nation’s history. His impact on the trade will continue to reverberate down the generations as he was instrumental in developing a method for faceted stained glass production that is still used industry wide today.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Frances Eckert Frei, his four sons, Stephen, Mark, Christopher, David, ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Visitation at Bopp Chapel in Kirkwood on Monday, January 25 from 4 to 9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 26 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Kirkwood, MO.
The Ave Maria Chapel at Good Shepherd Children & Family Services was dedicated with great adulation on Wednesday, January 13th. Archbishop Robert Carlson lead the ceremony. Windows and frames were designed by John Wheadon, an artist for Emil Frei Stained Glass. To see more photos of the chapel including the stained glass and the dedication check out Good Shepherd’s Facebook page by clicking on the link below.
Artist William Frank and the artisans at Emil Frei Stained Glass were awarded for a window produced for the Chapel at Cistercian Preparatory High School in Dallas, TX. The window is featured in the Visual Arts Award Category of the most recent “Annual Awards Issue” of the journal FAITH & FORM. FAITH & FORM is an Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art and Architecture with international readership. This is a great honor for Will and Emil Frei Stained Glass. Click below to see the 2015 Award Winners. For the full article check out the most recent issue of FAITH & FORM.
A new video titled “A Glimpse of Heaven: Stained Glass Windows in St. Francis Xavier College Church,” which was created by Emily Clemenson for St. Francis Xavier College Church at Saint Louis University features windows created by Emil Frei Jr. in the 1930’s. J.J. Mueller, S. J. and Nicholas Frei of Emil Frei Stained Glass walk us through a way to read and understand the composition of the stained glass. The video images highlight the beauty of the College Church and of the stained glass windows. The church is well worth visiting to see the beautiful stained glass. To watch the new video at Saint Louis University’s Facebook page click here. Or click here to watch the new video on YouTube.
In an article titled “‘St. Louis Modern’ showcases designers who changed the look of the world”, writer Sarah Miller gives a voice to the influence of modern art and architecture in St. Louis. See her article by clicking on the link below. Also see the exhibit through January 21, 2015 at the ST. LOUIS ART MUSEUM.