Artist in residence brings glass act to studio

Paula Marchionda

Paula Marchionda, a fused glass artist who explores in her work the different textures and colors of the medium, will serve as the next Mesa County Libraries 970West artist in residence.

Marchionda will present a series of workshops as well as host open studio hours during her residency, which runs through Dec. 2. Workshops for adults teens are scheduled for Sept. 26, Oct. 22 and Nov. 15. Open studio hours are set for 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the 970West Studio located at 502 Ouray Ave. in Grand Junction.

Marchionda said she draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including her travel and exposure to other cultures. “My addiction to working in glass makes me want to find a way to make everything in glass. Thus, glass itself then becomes my inspiration. It also appeals to my nerdy, scientific side, since manipulating glass and how  light shines through it is really just pretty physics.”

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