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Audrey Juds, a longtime resident of New Berlin, has worked over 25 years covering the city as a reporter, editor and columnist. Contact her at

Teacher's stained glass artwork saved

The awesome display of stained glass, that had surrounded the main entry of Glen Park School, has been saved. Now that this school has been sold, the glass has been reinstalled in the main hall at Elmwood School. ... The artist, Bruce Heil, was an art teacher at Glen Park School when he created the stained glass artwork as his master's thesis project, which took 16 months to design, create and produce. He then explained to the School board that it was "the direct result of a unique partnership between himself and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, New Berlin Public Schools administration, the Glen Park Home and School, the parents and kids of Glen Park, teachers, family, friends and the Board of Education." ... The work was based on a poem, "We are like trees: we must create new leaves, new directions, in order to grow." He had credited the Home and School Association for raising more than $2,000 to pay for the cost of the materials. The mothers also furnished refreshments for an unveiling of the windows ceremony. ... He had explained the global concept for this work as "an interplay of the applied geometry of Albrecht Durer and his alphabet designed in the year 1535, with the painterly landscape influence of Louis Comfort Ttifany's masterworks of the 1800's." ... Elmwood School recently celebrated the installation of the glass in its main hall, during a ceremony in memory of the artist. Included were family members, friends, school officials and students.

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