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  1. 1. Contact: Meghan CaryIntern at Creative HaverhillEmail: Director@CreativeHaverhill.orgPhone: 978-420-3729Address: 4 Summer St - room 309 - Haverhill, MA 01830 Paul Prue: Renaissance Man “I’ve always been an artist... I’ll be 90 still pulling windows out of a church and restoring them,” said Paul Prue, Haverhill’s own Renaissance man who is a graphic designer, guitar player, community activist and most impressively a highly acclaimed master of creating and restoring stained glass windows. For thirty-three years Prue has worked at his craft in many states, getting his start here in Haverhill with the help of some encouraging grammar school art teachers. He studied at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston and later worked as a font designer at Compugraphic in Wilmington, MA before returning to Haverhill where he currently resides. “I like Haverhill, I’ve lived all over the country but I keep coming back here,” said Prue. Moving from a font designer to full time artist wasn’t an easy move for Prue but he says, “You have to have confidence. It is the first thing I look for when hiring assistants.” Prue truly believes that “you can make a living doing what you want to do.” He was given the chance to learn the lost art of creating stained glass windows and hasn’t looked back. A lot of hard work and an inspiring attitude towards life have turned into a career full of happiness that has brought joy to many. Prue uses state-of-the-art and time-tested methods to transform a customer’s vision from their initial design into a finished product. Prue has created series such as “Woman in Garden”, medieval works, and an antique collection which includes not only windows but lamps and chandeliers. 1
  2. 2. Contact: Meghan CaryIntern at Creative HaverhillEmail: Director@CreativeHaverhill.orgPhone: 978-420-3729Address: 4 Summer St - room 309 - Haverhill, MA 01830 Prue’s clients include restaurants, churches, public meeting halls and individual collectors. His talents are on display in churchesthroughout Haverhill at All Saints where he performed paint restoration, Saint Joseph’s and Saint James’ where he repaired existing windows, and at Sacred Heart’s where he restored and painted stained glass window frames. In addition to churches, Prue’s work can be found in restaurants such as George’s in Haverhill and the House of Blues in Cambridge, MA. “I enjoy making stained glass for Irish pubs because they use it in so many creative ways.” Throughout New England, Prue’s stained glass has enhanced more than a dozen Irish pubs where they have commissioned him to make windows, glass partitions, entry signs and interior art. The owners of The Peddlers Daughter, who are originally from Connemara, Ireland, are such fans of Prue’s work that they hired him to make several stained glass pieces for both their Haverhill and Nashua, NH pubs. “One of my biggest challenges comes from restoring antique stained glass. I have worked in churches that are more than a century old.” Prue explained that as windows age, they settle. This causes a “wave effect” distorting the shape and look of the image on the glass. Prue is able to reverse this effect by removing and flattening the glass with heat and pressure. He has also mastered the skill of resurfacing glass which enhances its vibrancy. “One of my other passions is music. I love all forms of music and feel that playing the guitar is another way for me to express myself.” Through the years Prue 2
  3. 3. Contact: Meghan CaryIntern at Creative HaverhillEmail: Director@CreativeHaverhill.orgPhone: 978-420-3729Address: 4 Summer St - room 309 - Haverhill, MA 01830 has collaborated with many other musicians and has also received critical acclaim when playing solo. Not only does he love to be on stage performing, but Prue also hosts open mic nights at a local pub where a few of his stained glass windows are on display. “It makes me laugh when I overhear folks talking about my art when I am at a gig. They don’t realize that the artist is standing right next to them. I have picked up a few jobs that way.” “I dream of one day seeing a cultural art center in Haverhill. The Armenian Church that I am currently restoring would be a perfect location and it is no longer actively used as a place of worship.” Prue is involved with Team Haverhill and Creative Haverhill who are both advocates of artists who work and live in Haverhill. “Hopefully I will be able to make this dream come true.” -30- 3

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