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Charles Marchant Stevenson: STAINED GLASS ANGEL Windows AT SAINT MICHAEL AND ALL-ANGELS EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Saint Michael Rondel. Stained glass window. Charles Marchant Stevenson. St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 201 E. Fir Street, Fort Bragg California.
Saint Michael Rondel: stained glass window designed by Charles Marchant Stevenson for Saint Michael and All-Angels Episcopal Church, Fort Bragg, California. Photo: Karin Faulkner

Saint Michael and All-Angels Episcopal Church, 201 E. Fir Street, Fort Bragg, California, is home to Charles Marchant Stevenson’s stained glass Angel Windows.

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 201 E. Fir Street, Fort Bragg California.
St. Michael and All-Angels Episcopal Church in Fort Bragg, California

The church website once offered this brief history of those windows

Our redwood church is classic in its California Mission design, complemented with many improvements. Over the years we have added the kitchen and restrooms, a modern heating system, organ, redwood altar paneling, handcrafted pulpit, brasses, and churchbell.

Windows (1974-1984)
During the 1970s, the church received its most outstanding feature, the beautiful original stained glass angel windows. The stained glass windows replace the original amber glass double-hung sash and some leaded multi-light panes. They were all designed by nationally-acclaimed, local artist Charles Marchant Stevenson.

He made full size paintings which served as cartoons, or work plans, and which are, through the artist’s generosity, now hung in Larsen Hall.

Angel studies by Charles Marchant Stevenson (acrylic). Larsen Community Hall at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Fort Bragg, California
Angel paintings (acrylic) by Charles Marchant Stevenson. Larsen Community Hall at Saint Michael and All-Angels Episcopal Church, Fort Bragg, California.
Saint Michael the Archangel Rondel (acrylic) by Charles Marchant Stevenson. Larsen Community Hall at St. Michael and All-Angels Episcopal Church.
Saint Michael the Archangel Rondel (acrylic) by Charles Marchant Stevenson. Larsen Community Hall at Saint Michael and All-Angels Episcopal Church. NOTE: In the photo, an unidentified benefactor stands with Bishop Barry Beisner, and the Rev. Bill Osborne.

Glass work
All glass work was accomplished locally by stained glass artisans Larry and Margo Brookins – who crafted every window.

Angel Windows’ stained glass artisan Margo Brookins Lieberman, standing in front of the Stevenson-Leach Studios’ screen Feline Deliberation, at the Zacha’s Bay Window Gallery Finale, April 2018. Photo C.G. Blick

Frames and pediments
The handcarved wood frames and pediments were done by Bob Collier of Mendocino.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Have you heard of the laborer who said, I’m not chipping stone, I’m building a cathedral? We honor the architect and the artist, but we remember that, most often, it takes more than one person to bring beauty into the world.¬† If you have old photos of the fabrication or installation of the Angel Windows, or their fames and pediments, or know the names of others who helped, you’re invited to share them here. Please contact our Archivist.

Saint Michael the Archangel
All but four of the eleven windows depict a vigorous and athletic Angel, Michael, in various attitudes of praise and benediction.

Hosanna

Hosanna: stained glass window designed by Charles Marchant Stevenson for Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Fort Bragg California.

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow: stained glass window designed by Charles Marchant Stevenson for Saint Michael and All-Angels Episcopal Church, Fort Bragg, California. Photo: Karin Faulkner

Praise Him, Ye Creatures Here Below

Praise Him, Ye Creatures Here Below: stained glass window designed by Charles Marchant Stevenson for Saint Michael and All-Angels Episcopal Church, Fort Bragg, California. Photo: Karin Faulkner

Praise Him Above, Ye Heavenly Host

Praise Him Above, Ye Heavenly Host: stained glass window designed by Charles Marchant Stevenson for Saint Michael and All-Angels Episcopal Church, Fort Bragg, California. Photo: Karin Faulkner

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen: stained glass window designed by Charles Marchant Stevenson for Saint Michael and All-Angels Episcopal Church, Fort Bragg, California. Photo: Karin Faulkner

Hallelujah

Hallelujah: stained glass window designed by Charles Marchant Stevenson for Saint Michael and All-Angels Episcopal Church, Fort Bragg, California.

Angels with Censers
The pair of Angels in the Altar Sanctuary windows are swinging golden censers. Note the unusual handling of the free-hanging panes with wings and billows of incense made separately and applied front and back in an impressive composition.

First Angel with Censer

First Angel with Censer: altar sanctuary stained glass window designed by Charles Marchant Stevenson for Saint Michael and All-Angels Episcopal Church, Fort Bragg, California. Photo: Karin Faulkner

Second Angel with Censer

Second Angel with Censer: altar sanctuary stained glass window designed by Charles Marchant Stevenson for Saint Michael and All-Angels Episcopal Church, Fort Bragg, California. Photo: Karin Faulkner
Angels with Censers are to the left and right of the altar at St. Michael and All-Angels Episcopal Church, Fort Bragg, California. Photo: Karin Faulkner
Angels with Censers are to the left and right of the altar at Saint Michael and All-Angels Episcopal Church, Fort Bragg, California. Photo: Karin Faulkner

The Infant Christ
The Narthex pane shows the Infant Christ and was dedicated one Christmas Eve.

Angels on the South Facade
The latest window is in the South facade and shows four angels showering us with stars…

Angels on the south facade: stained glass window designed by Charles Marchant Stevenson for Saint Michael and All-Angels Episcopal Church, Fort Bragg California. Model: Tom Burnham. Photo: Karin Faulkner

Two Studies for Angel One

Study for Angel one by Charles Marchant Stevenson and Pamela Hunter. Model: Tom Burnham.
Two Studies for Angel One in the square window on the south facade, by Charles Marchant Stevenson and Pamela Hunter. Model: Tom Burnham.

Mary: Two Studies

Mary: studies by Charles Marchant Stevenson and Pamela Hunter.
Mary: Two Studies for an as yet unrealized window for Saint Michael and All-Angels Church, by Charles Marchant Stevenson and Pamela Hunter.
The Sanctuary and Altar at St. Michael and All Angels. Photo: Karin Faulkner
The sanctuary facing the altar at Saint Michael and All-Angels Episcopal Church . Photo: Karin Faulkner
The sanctuary with Saint Michael Rondel above the choir loft, and square Angel window in the south facade, at the back of the Sanctuary. Photo: Karin Faulkner

Visiting the Church
All are welcome for worship with music on Sunday mornings at 10:45 am, with laying on of hands during communion, for Morning Prayer on Thursday at 8:30 am, and Healing Service Wednesdays at 11 am.

For the best times to see the Angel Windows in the church sanctuary, and the Angel paintings in Larsen Community Hall, please call the office at Saint Michael and All-Angels: 707-964-1900

St. Michael & All-Angels Episcopal Church
201 E. Fir Street, Fort Bragg, California 95437

LINKS
Legends, Myths, Philosophy & Metaphysics
Charles Marchant Stevenson: Artwork
Stevenson in His Own Words
About Charles Marchant Stevenson
Stevenson-Leach Studios
Mendocino Heritage Artists
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