71 Weezie Loop
Gamaliel, AR 72537
Directions: From the east end of AR62/412 (bypass) in Mountain Home, travel on AR62/412 east (toward Norfork Lake) 4.2 miles. Turn left (north) onto AR101. Drive almost exactly 10 miles, through the town of Gamaliel, and turn right onto Creole Place (a dirt road). Take the first right onto Weezie Loop and right again into the first driveway. The studio is downstairs, but can be accessed either through the front door and down the stairs or by walking down the driveway to the basement level. You may park in the driveway.
Christy Marchand loves bright color and whimsy, both of which are evident in her stained glass art and studio. Even when she tries to construct a dignified piece of art, it ultimately ends up with wire curlicues or decorative soldering. “I wish I could say I’m inspired by something profound,” she confesses, “but the truth is that I’m most inspired by humor and personality.”
Marchand creates stained glass art in many forms, using both lead and copper foil techniques. She prefers lead for large-scale panels, and copper foil for smaller, more detailed and free-form items. “I like to play with embellishments and textured soldering, and to include other elements such as wire, metal, paint, china, copper overlay, bevels, and nuggets,” says Marchand. This past year she began including feathers, wood, bottles, and flatware in her work.
Originally from Baton Rouge, she and her husband live in the woods where their next-door neighbors are Marchand’s own siblings, fellow artists themselves. She and her husband enjoy traveling and participating in art festivals throughout the year.
Marchand says she is happiest and most inspired in her studio. After working for 30 years as an executive assistant, she says it’s a joy to work at home, drinking more coffee than she needs, cats lounging on her worktable and dogs underfoot.
“I love light- hearted, fanciful art and creating things that make people smile,” Marchand said. Marchand feels everyone should be able to own a unique, whimsical affordable piece of stained glass art.