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Life & Work with Marsha Glickman of Anchorlight Studios

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marsha Glickman.

Hi Marsha, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
I’ve always loved art and, as a child, dreamed of becoming an artist. I also love biology, psychology, and structure, so I became a clinician and IT professional. A sense of creativity plays in these professions, but creating fine art was always in the back of my mind.

My technical profession led me to consulting and weekly travel. Fortunately, a friend suggested that I get an art studio in Houston which provided the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other artists and to sell art to collectors. I gave up this workspace during the pandemic, and am delighted to have moved to North Carolina to be closer to family.

I love repurposing found ephemera into a work of fine art, and incorporate historical events and/or conceptual ideas that resonate with the viewer. Using ephemera from a large collection of vintage books, papers, and random objects dating back to the early 1900s, each completed work is unique.

I also do commissions for those who want to preserve personal or family memorabilia in a work of art that can be passed down to future generations.

I now have a large studio at Anchorlight Studios on South Bloodworth St. in downtown Raleigh to create art and host visitors. Contact me for private or group showings. On Saturday, December 4th, 2021, Anchorlight will be open to the public from 4:00 – 7:00 pm for the Winter Open House event.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Balancing my creative art business with my IT profession has been challenging, but doable. Having a plan and focusing on outcomes is critical.

I love collaborating with other artists from the studio and professional art organizations, as I believe it takes a village to be successful.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My art is different from most artists as I don’t paint beautiful portraits or pictures. I’m proud that I don’t make copies of ephemera to create art; I use only original, mostly vintage material. This limits what I can produce, but also makes each art piece special.

When a book part or object is used, it’s gone; not available for use elsewhere. Because every work of fine art created is different based on what I have on hand to create it, studio visitors/collectors sometimes ask if I am the artist of all the works on display!

I plan to continue to create several series: “Connections”, where colorful dots “connect” the concepts of the more bland ephemera underneath, and “The Ayes/Eyes Have It”, conceptualizing how we see things and events.

What are your plans for the future?
I plan to have a successful art career here in Raleigh as I did in Houston, and look forward to meeting new friends and continuing to live my wonderful life!

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