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|Albert Lewis, 1943-2021
By Julie L. Sloan
Once a fixture in the stained-glass business, former magazine publisher and trade-show organizer Albert Lewis, 77, passed away on February 23, 2021, in North Adams, MA.
Albert was born in Santa Monica, CA, on May 20, 1943. He graduated from high school in Bakersfield, CA, in 1961. After graduation, he spent three years, 1962-1965, in West Berlin, Germany, as a missionary for the Mormon Church.
After his return, he graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 1969 with a BA in design. While at Berkeley, Albert discovered his love of blowing glass, which later expanded to all types of glass and ceramics. He purchased a property in Oakland where he built his own studio to create glass pieces that he sold at museum gift shops.
He started the magazine GLASS ART to showcase the work of other glassblowers across the US (not affiliated with the magazine of the same name currently published). He soon realized that there was a broader community of people working in stained glass and changed the magazine’s focus to include them. The publication was known under several different names, including The Edge, Glass, and Glass Craft News. While doing this, he attended the University of California Los Angeles and obtained his MA at San Jose State University. After relocating to Oregon for a short time, he moved his business to New York City in 1977 where the magazine became Professional Stained Glass, which was the only monthly publication for the stained-glass trade from then until he sold it in 1993. He published the work of important artists including Judith Schaecter, Narcissus Quagliata, Toots Zinsky, Peter McGrain, Joe Porcelli, Kathy Bernard, Newy Fagan Graves, and many others. He kept tight relationships with his advertisers as well, showcasing their products with “road tests.” He became involved with Joann and Peter Nervo and their annual Glass Craft Expo, purchasing the show from them around 1990. After meeting and marrying his third wife, stained-glass conservation consultant Julie L. Sloan, in 1986, he began to feature stained-glass restoration as well, devoting one issue a year to it. He was close to many people in the stained-glass field and devoted the prime of his life to promoting them and the craft.
He leaves seven children, nineteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild from New York to Alaska to Japan.