Guest Member Artists Julie Murray and Diana Swanson join Amapola Gallery
Join us as we share information about guest member artists Julie Murray and Diana Swanson.
Julie Murray remembers how, as a little girl in Northern Minnesota, she made pinch pots out of clay she found near her parents’ lake cabin.
Though she does accept commissions for four of these or eight of those, she prefers to play and follow the clay. She also enjoys gardening. Just can’t get her out of the earth! (dirt)
Diana Swanson began playing with glass 40 years ago when she took classes in stained glass at a community college.
In 2007 she had a hip replacement. Prior to that, largely immobile, she watched a lot of do-it-yourself shows on television, which got her interested in glass fusion. It was then she bought her first kiln. “I was always a crafter, but I didn’t find my passion until I discovered glass fusion.” She now laughs and calls herself a “glassaholic.”
She was born and raised in Janiy, Wyoming, lied in Albuquerque for a time in the 1970s and spent 22 years in the Palm Springs, CA area. She moved here permanently in 2008.
Julia and Diana’s work adds a new sparkle to Amapola’s wide and wondrous variety. Come on up, welcome them, and see for yourself.
After a lifetime batting words around like shuttlecocks in an endless game of badminton, it is a pleasure to use them to promote Old Town and my fellow artists at Amapola Gallery. –Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer