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Exhibit features rediscovered Tiffany windows

URBANA — Urbana University and The Miller Center for Visual Arts host the exhibit “In Company with Angels: Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows” beginning Saturday through Dec. 30 in the Swedenborg Memorial Library on the university campus.

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Seven stained glass windows created by Tiffany and Company in 1903 are to be on display at Urbana University beginning Saturday through next month. (PHOTO | URBANA UNIVERSITY)

The exhibit features seven stained glass windows created by Tiffany and Company in 1903 as a gift from a sister Swedenborgian church to the Church of the New Jerusalem in Cincinnati.

In 1964, the church was torn down to make room for a new interstate highway, and the windows were recovered and stored in different members’ homes.

A nationwide fundraising effort in the 1990s allowed the Swedenborgian Church at Temenos in West Chester, Pa., to buy the windows and save them.

In 2005, when the windows were confirmed to be Tiffany artwork, the nonprofit organization, In Company with Angels Inc., was formed to finish the restoration and begin to share the windows with others.

The exhibit will be open to the public for extended hours. A variety of symposia, programs and tours are also planned.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, the exhibit opens with a program by the Rev. Susannah Currie, pastor of the Bridgewater New Jerusalem Church in Bridgewater, Mass.

Also, from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, the Swedenborg Memorial Library hosts a public presentation “Angel Music” by the Rev. Ken Turley, president of the General Convention of the New Jerusalem Library.

At 7 p.m. Monday, the Revs. Currie and Turley will present the annual Swedenborg Scholar Lecture entitled, “Spiritual Significance of the ‘Seven’.”

For additional information, visit www.urbana.edu/angels.

Tickets for the exhibit are $5 each or $3 per person for a group of 20 or more, and may be purchased at the door or online at the Web site.

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