Pam Wadsworth has jewelry making down to a science
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Who: Pam Wadsworth
What: June guest artist opening reception
When: 5-8 p.m. on Friday
Where: Gallery 809
How Much: Free
NASA isn’t exactly known for its influence on art, but Pam Wadsworth may not be making jewelry without it.
Wadsworth uses dichroic glass to create colorful, reflective jewelry and other art, like plates and platters. Dichroic glass was developed by NASA and its contractors for use in dichroic filters, which selectively pass the light of a small range of colors while reflecting the rest.
After dichroic glass crossed over into the art world, Wadsworth couldn’t resist experimenting with it, and she hasn’t stopped since.
“It’s such a great glass to work with,” she said. “It’s very reflective because of a chemical coating on the glass.”
Wadsworth is Gallery 809’s June guest artist, and her glass work will be on display through the month with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday.
The artist said she’s been involved in arts and crafts her whole life, but her interest in glass jewelry stemmed from a career in stained glass. She started experimenting in stained glass in the mid-’70s, and she eventually made it her business to create stained glass windows, doors, lamps and more. She also consulted and taught on the side, but as her children grew older, she got away from the craft.
Then, about 15 years ago, dichroic glass made its mark in the art world, and she couldn’t resist the idea of using it for jewelry.
Her work is brightly colored and inspired by nature, she said.
“I’m such a sunshine person,” she said. “I’m always looking for color combinations that are pleasing.”
Wadsworth lives in the valley about half of the year and in Texas, just outside of San Antonio, the other half. She said one of the Gallery 809 artists saw her work at the Redstone Colorado Art Show last year and asked if she wanted to be a guest artist.
Gallery 809 artist Nancy Martin said Wadsworth’s jewelry is beautiful to look at and a fascinating craft.
“It’s a combination of technology and a really modern approach with a traditional medium,” Martin said.
Gallery 809 has a new guest artist every month, and has since the gallery opened five years ago, Martin said.
“I think it just keeps it fresh in here,” she said. “Just having something new each month is big, and we like to see new work ourselves.”
Gallery 809 is a cooperative art gallery with about 30 artists’ work on display, including painters, photographers, potters and more. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit http://www.gallery809.com.
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