This week the first of the Stained Glass windows of Memorial Hall are being removed and the restoration has begun. Over the next few months, decades of dirt and grime will be removed, the glass will be repaired and the lead will be replaced by “Maitre d’ Vitraux” Ned Bowes.
This delicate work requires the rare skills of a specialist and fortunately Fredericton is currently the home of respected stained glass artist and conservator Ned Bowes. Ned has 37 years experience working on large restoration projects throughout North America and the Barbados where he maintains a studio in Speightstown and continues his work on the windows of St. Peter’s Church. He has worked on the windows of most of the churches in New Brunswick and the historic homes of Fredericton. These include Christ Church Cathedral, Wilmot United Church, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, St. Dunstan’s Catholic Church, to name only a few in the local area.
Ned has trained in the studios of the English artist Robert Hunt, and apprenticed under Maurice Larieux in Marc Chagall’s studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has worked on windows designed and executed by some of the most renowned glass artists and studios including Guido Nincheri, William Morris/ Edward Burne-Jones, and the Robert McCausland Company. Ned also was a partner in Shades of Light, the firm that executed and installed the Molly Bobak “Encaenia” windows in the Edwin Jacob Chapel of Sir Howard Douglas Hall as well as the portrait of former UNB Persident Colin B. McKay installed in the library of Ludlow Hall. Ned has obtained the degree of “Maitre d’ Vitraux” from the American Stained Glass Institute.
The UNB Art Centre would like to acknowledge the generosity of the University of New Brunswick, the City of Fredericton and the Province of New Brunswick Built Heritage Program. Anyone who would like to donate to this project can contact UNB’s Office of Development and Donor Relations.