A long-time regular at the Moscow Farmers Market, glass artist Pamela Arborgreen creates stunning and unique decorative windows. Her pieces are bright, colorful, and distinctive. Arborgreen’s style is one-of-a-kind and her work is instantly recognizable. “I make collage windows,” she explains. “They’re different from traditional stained-glass.” Arborgreen’s method utilizes small pieces of hand-cut glass mounted on a glass surface. She chooses individual glass pieces based on their color and textural qualities. “I look at each piece of glass and think about where it should go,” says Arborgreen.
Along with creating her works of art, Arborgreen also puts a lot of time and thought into acquiring materials. “I get reclaimed windows from salvage yards, old barns, wherever I can,” she says. Bottles, broken windows, reclaimed stained glass, and even old plates and saucers are often used in Arborgreen’s work. Local restaurants save colorful wine bottles for her and she makes frequent trips to the recycling center and area second-hand stores to find the specific supplies she needs. Arborgreen sees the potential in items other people might simply discard and her artist’s eye is always searching for a new find.
Arborgreen works as a special education para-professional and uses art as a way to relax and be creative in her down time and during the summer months. She is happy to communicate with customers through email but really enjoys the human interaction she gets at the market. “I work alone mostly,” she says. “Then Saturday comes. I like to see peoples’ response to my windows.” That response is overwhelmingly positive and customers often stop to talk with Arborgreen about custom work. Customers have a wide variety of ideas and Arborgreen loves seeing them come to life. “I appreciate the opportunity to challenge myself,” she says. “I’ve made a yellow lab on a dock, different fish, dolphins, Scottie dogs, frogs, and turtles. It’s fun for me to create something new.”
While most of Arborgreen’s pieces find homes in large windows or against the wall in someone’s home, she likes knowing they’re in some unusual places as well. “The first few windows I made are actually in an outhouse,” she laughs. “I thought that dark room could use some color and light.”♦
Arborgreen makes her work available on Saturdays at the Moscow Farmers Market. Her work has been featured in the Moscow Art Walk and in area art shops. She’s also happy to discuss custom orders.
Contact: Pamela Arborgreen