| Posted: Sat Jun 7th, 2014 08:04 pm
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|A reminder about the memorial service for Rowan LeCompte which will be held at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington DC on Monday July 21 at 10 am. A note from his wife, Peggy LeCompte.... there will be an open mike for those who wish to remember Rowan and his work in stained glass. Many who attended the AGG conference a few years ago were pleased to see the film, "Let There Be Light"
Hopefully those of you who are within driving distance can attend this memorial service.
From an earlier obituary -
The family of Rowan LeCompte is greatly saddened to announce his passing on February 11th, 2014 in Virginia.
A leading figure in the stained-glass community, Rowan was first commissioned to make a window for the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. when he was 16 years old. He spent over 70 years studying, drawing and creating architectural stained glass and mosaics for a multitude of locations. Rowan was best known for the 45 stained-glass windows and six mosaic murals he created for Washington National Cathedral. His work can be found in some 50 other American
churches and public buildings, including the Episcopal cathedrals in Maryland and Wyoming, the chapels of Trinity College and Princeton University, and the New York State Capitol in Albany. The subject of a film released in 2012 which followed the creation of a clerestory window for the National Cathedral – “Let There Be Light” – he had much to
say about the art form. His most recent commission was installed last fall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Chapel in Winston-Salem, NC, which is filled with his windows. He will be greatly missed, not just by those who knew him
personally and cherished his friendship, humor, and insight, but by those engaged in the struggle to create as well as appreciate this great art form.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral at a date later this spring. Condolences can be sent to Mrs. Peggy LeCompte at 5 Chowning Circle, Waynesboro, VA 22939.
Barbara Krueger, Michigan Stained Glass Census
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|If I can find a ride I will go, or may rent a car as my truck if kinda iffy. Like Rowan's old car was the last time he viseted me here in phila. CZ
| Posted: Fri Jun 13th, 2014 11:32 pm
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|FROM A WEB SITE ABOUT FAMOUS LECOMPTE'S
Rowan LeCompte has always been an artist. Inspired at the age of 13 by the blessed poetry and radiant glory of stained glass, he went on to design and install more than 45 windows for the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Rowan mastered and then advanced techniques that date back to the 12th century. His glasswork can be found illuminating observant souls in cathedrals, museums, and galleries worldwide. And age hasn't softened his passion, as he continues to produce heart-lifting glasswork that undoubtedly inspires the next generation of craftsmen.
The stained glass Creation Rose Window at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. by Rowan LeCompte.
His most popular work is undoubtedly the "Creation Rose," set above the west front portal of Washington National Cathedral in 1976. This spiritual masterpiece, 25 feet in diameter, contains over 10,500 shards of glass that unite, with the help of the sun's rays, to illuminate LeCompte's abstract vision of the beginnings of our universe.
The National Cathedral web site describes Rowan's early years as follows:
"As a thirteen-year-old boy visiting the Cathedral in 1939, he was awestruck by the north rose window, the masterpiece of artisan Lawrence Saint. LeCompte resolved that day to learn everything he could about stained glass.
"Long conversations with Cathedral architect Philip Hubert Frohman led to his first Cathedral commission when he was just sixteen years old. He visited the Cathedral on January 2, 1942, to show Frohman his watercolor design for a little window in tiny St. Dunstan's Chapel (now the Cathedral Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage). Frohman marveled at LeCompte's sketch and LeCompte left that day with an offer from the Building Committee to create the window.
"As a young Army soldier during World War II, he found himself standing in Notre Dame Cathedral. With him on that historic day was another soldier, Charles Matz, who would become the principal author of the iconographic scheme for the Cathedral's eighteen clerestory windows. When LeCompte returned home in 1946, he began his formal arts education studying with Ben Benn and at the New School of Social Research in New York. Further studies came at the American University and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Washington, D.C."
Rowan LeCompte visits with his cousins Cathy, Nate, Kirk and Adam LeCompte, summer of 2007.
Rowan's precision, dedication, and artistry captured the imagination of Norman Rockwell who first witnessed the young artisan patching a stained-glass window in Westminster Abbey. Years later, after Rowan and his wife Irene shared their latest designs with Rockwell in his Stockbridge studio, Rockwell decided to adapt his recollection to canvas. The finished work, which became the cover of the Easter edition of the Saturday Evening Post in 1960, shows Rowan, kneeling on a wooden support, tools-in-hand, intently patching a larger-than-life stained-glass recreation of the Resurrection.
Rowan LeCompte, in a Norman Rockwell painting, on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, April 16, 1960.
© Curtis Publishing Co.
In 2001, Rowan LeCompte offered this benediction upon the stained glass in his beloved National Cathedral: "May all the windows work together to achieve a great visual music that will sing harmoniously with the architecture so to truly lift the heart and in every moment of daylight offer up its radiant prayer of passionate praise and gratitude."
Genealogy of Rowan LeCompte
(Rowan8 > Stuart B.7 > Stephen Barnett6 > Moses5 > Moses4 > William3 > Moses2 > Anthony1)
Rowan Keith LeCompte was born in Baltimore, MD on March 17, 1925, second son of Stuart B. & Helen LeCompte Sr. In 1950, at the age of 25, he married Irene Matz, sister of Charles Matz of New Jersey. The couple resided in New Jersey and worked together as artists in New York, NY. Irene passed away in 1970 after a long illness. Rowan memorialized her in a mosaic in the Resurrection Chapel of the Washington National Cathedral. Rowan married second, Peggy Monet. Rowan had no children by either marriage. Rowan passed on February 11, 2014 in Fishersville, VA.
For more on Rowan LeCompte, visit this Apr-2009 NPR archived summary and radio interview and this lecture from March 2001.
Donors are sought to finish a documentary film, "Let There Be Light," about the creation of Rowan's final masterpiece.
The above trailer is courtesy of Peter Swanson. Learn more about this promising film at GlobalViz.com.
National Cathedral Web Site [Online] 2003 at
LeCompte, Rowan. "Lecture with Rowan LeCompte." (Wash., D.C.: 24-Mar-2001). [Online] 2003 at
Norman Rockwell Museum of VT. "Newsletter." 1999. [Online] 2003 at
http://www.normanrockwellvt.com/Issue2.htm [Newsletter is no longer posted.]
Various Correspondence in Library of Kirkwood A. LeCompte. (1998-2003). Contact
Glassmasters. "Legendary Stained Glass: Creation Rose" 1999. [Online] 2003 at
http://www.glassmasters.com/illuminated-spirit.html#creation [Site is now inactive.]
Cover of Saturday Evening Post is © Copyright Pineapple Publishing, Curtis Publishing Co., All Rights Reserved.