Claudia Chomichuk – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #13

May 2013

Claudia Chomichuk

Claudia Chomichuk

For the month of May, Winnipeg River Arts Council features an artist who works with glass, Claudia Chomichuk. Her fascination started as a casual hobby more than thirty years ago. After taking a stained glass evening course one winter, she decided to create a large leaded window panel for her house. She set up a small studio space in her basement and continued to experiment with stained glass whenever she had spare time. When she retired from teaching, she and her husband moved from Winnipeg to their cottage at Hillside Beach in the Rural Municipality of Alexander. The cottage required extensive renovations to convert it to a full-time residence, which created a unique opportunity for Claudia to design her own studio space and spend more time on her designs. Her studio, Purple Pelican Art Glass Studio, occupies the second level of their home. It is here that she hosts a public Open House every two years – and opens her studio to visitors by appointment at other times.

Chomichuk never passes up an opportunity to take classes to upgrade her skills – both in Winnipeg and in Arizona where she spends her winters. Her repertoire now includes fused glass as well. Her work incorporates a full range of styles and techniques: traditional stained glass, three-dimensional leaded glass, fused glass bowls and panels, glass mosaics and creations that contain combinations of these techniques.

Her original designs are inspired by her love of her natural world. Lake Winnipeg is prominent in her life and its influence can be seen in many of her works. She spent her childhood on the west shore of the lake and now resides on the east shore. The aspen and pine forests that surround her residence and the flower gardens that she nurtures also influence her work. Her work is sold from her own studio, a local gift shop (Carol’s on Leon) and three galleries in Winnipeg (Pulse, Glitz, and Fleet). She does commission work as well. Her work can be viewed on her website: www.purplepelicanartglass.com