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"Landscape Frieze in Glass"

Lichtman, Linda

Porter Square, Tile and Glass

2050 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02140

Location Description: North Cambridge Senior Center

Date: 1990

Materials: Etched stained glass, paint and lead

Dimensions: 18" x 20'

These five panels of etched, stained and leaded glass run along the 20'-long glass window in the lobby of the Cambridge Senior Center. "I work with glass so that it will reflect nature and be alive to light, constantly changing like all things in nature," Lichtman says. "I tear away the surface of the glass with hydrofluoric acid or build up layers of paints, transparent enamels, and silver stain to increase richness and density." From this hazardous process emerges the most delicate of designs. Lichtman explains that each specific piece of glass etches differently. The result is the abstract imagery in "Landscape Frieze in Glass," which illumines the large window in the Cambridge Senior Center, as though the glass itself contained the light. Lichtman earned her BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art in 1974. She studied with a master glass artist Patrick Reyntiens at Burleighfiled House in England and apprenticed to other glass artists in the U.K., Canada and Germany before continuing studies at the Museum School in Boston. Lichtman has lived and worked in Cambridge since 1978.