Gifted artist

MELROSE — Melrose and the nation lost a gifted artist and resident of 31 years, creator of two pieces of public art within the city: “The Green Man Community Mosaic” and the “Turtle Stones of Ell Pond”. Lisa Bright Tiemann died on February 10 at her home after a five and a half year battle with cancer. She was renowned for her commissioned stained glass windows and chandeliers that are in numerous homes across the country. Her work is also on permanent display in Watertown City Hall, Watertown Library, Boston University, Harvard University and at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newark, OH.

Her work was often compared to that of Louis Comfort Tiffany, whose stained glass work graced homes and public buildings over 120 years ago. Lisa was more modest about her efforts, but some people refer to her pieces as “Tiemanns” as others refer to them as “Tiffanys.”

Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, the daughter of a Navy pilot, she lived in various Navy towns.  She spent her teenage years in Huntington, NY while her father worked for Grumman Aircraft. Her mother Eleanor was a psychiatric social worker and homemaker. After a year of college in Ohio, she moved to Switzerland where she worked as an au pair and for NGO’s and took classes at L’ecole des Beaux Arts. Upon her return to the United States, she learned the exacting and labor intensive work of stained glass on the job and went into business for herself from her studio at Waltham Mills. Later she became an instructor in belly dance and yoga and co-founded The Goddess Dancing Troupe. She became Volunteer Coordinator for Dance New England before embarking on her mosaic art from her studio in Melrose. She also worked for the Massachusetts Cultural Collaborative and the Committee on African Studies at Harvard university. Over the years she and her husband Richard homed several foreign students and foster children.

She was a brilliant, energetic, generous and caring person who lived her life with a humorous twist, but was stoic when confronted with adversity. She loved her three dogs, wildlife and nature in general.  

She leaves behind many beloved friends, her sister Barbara of Watertown, sister Johanna of Lowell, brother James of Huntington, NY and husband Richard Chase of Melrose. In lieu of a funeral or wake, a celebration of her life will be held in the summer. Donations can be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institution, Dance New England or charity of your choice.