Barney Zeitz holds open house for stained glass window project

Barney Zeitz with his stained glass window in progress. —Valerie Sonnenthal

Barney Zeitz has an impressive history of commissioned work for public spaces that shows off his fused and bonded stained glass. He is excited to share the first completed full-scale window for the present Evangelical Church in Flieden, Germany, which was formerly a synagogue prior to WWII. Mr. Zeitz has been commissioned to make new windows honoring the 500-year history of Jews in Flieden and the present church. On the Vineyard, he will hold an open studio every Wednesday in August from 4 to 7 pm. All are welcome to come and learn more about this extraordinary project.

Mr. Zeitz’s meeting with the late Arthur Obermayer of Chilmark and Dedham, upon his return from Germany last June, inspired him to incorporate the Priestly Prayer — which is found in the traditions of both Judaism and Christianity — into the new windows. Mr Zeitz’s design will keep the Hebrew on one side of the building and the German translation on the other, appearing at the lower portion of the windows, angling upward towards the heavens, continuing from one window to the other as a person makes their way towards the front of the church.

To learn more about the history of the church and Mr. Zeitz’s project, read the original story in the MV Times.

Barney Zeitz’s work can be seen at or his new Facebook page dedicated to the windows. The Wednesday open houses are held at his studio, 67 Deer Hill Road off State Road in Vineyard Haven. For more information, contact or 508-693-9421.