New 970West Artist in Residence to hold Art Talk on Sept. 5 

Promotional flier for AiRPaula Marchionda, a fused-glass artist whose work explores different textures and colors of glass and their interplay with light, is the new Mesa County Libraries 970West Artist in Residence.

During her residency, which lasts through Dec. 2, 2019, Marchionda will host open studio hours in the 970West Studio, 502 Ouray Ave., and present a number of workshops at various library locations.

The first such event will be an Artist Talk, “All About the Art of Glass Fusing,” set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Central Library, 443 N. 6th St. in Grand Junction. Marchionda will discuss the science and techniques behind the art of glass fusing. This talk is open to the public at no charge.

Marchionda said she draws inspiration for her glasswork from a variety of sources.

“My current work has grown from the sum of my life experiences,” she said. “I enjoy experiencing all sorts of different things – culturally, musically, culinarily, everything. My exposure to different cultures, through my travels and various life and work experiences, gives me a fertile foundation to create from. I use motifs and ideas from many different cultures in my work as well as borrowing images and themes from nature herself.”

“The subject, or topic, usually determines the medium I use. However this is not necessarily true when I work in fused glass. My addiction to working in glass makes me want to find a way to make everything in glass. Thus, glass itself then becomes the inspiration. It also appeals to my nerdy scientific side, since manipulating glass, and how light shines through it, is really just pretty physics,” Marchionda said.

“While I enjoy long walks on a beach and star-gazing at high elevations, my creative work allows me the freedom of expression. Through my creative work I have an arena to express myself in ways more elusive in my everyday life. Bold colors, textures, patterns often come out in my work — much more than in my wardrobe. This creative freedom keeps my heart open and my soul rejuvenated,” Marchionda said. “My hope is that something in my work touches another soul and makes them giggle, smile, laugh, and maybe even cry tears of joy.”

 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAMS

  • Marchionda hosts Open Studio Hours from 4-6 p.m. every Tuesday through Nov. 26 at the Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio, 502 Ouray Ave. The public is invited to stop by, watch her work, and ask questions about her art.

 

  • Recycle That Bottle!

6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Central Library, 443 N. 6th St.

Adults only, registration required via the online Events Calendar or by calling 970-243-4442. Space is limited, and later registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

Marchionda will teach the process of creating a fused-glass dish using a broken wine bottle, slump mold, and kiln. Bring your own empty and clean wine bottle or use one provided. Please note that finished dishes can be picked up at a later date to allow for the firing process.

 

  • Recycled Glass Snowflakes

Two programs: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Clifton Branch, 590 32 Road, and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Fruita Branch, 324 N. Coulson St.

Adults only, registration required via the online Events Calendar or by calling 970-243-4442. Space is limited, and later registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

Using reclaimed glass from windows, participants each will create a fused-glass snowflake ornament. Please note that finished ornaments can be picked up at a later date to allow for the firing process. Supplies are included.

 

  • For Teens Only: Glass Pendant Making

4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in the Central Library Teen Area

Make a fused glass pendant from dichroic glass. Fused pendants can be picked up at a later date to allow for the firing process. Supplies are included. Teens only, please.

 

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