Artist features: Zombola and Efstratis at the Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival | SummitDaily.com

Artist features: Zombola and Efstratis at the Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival

Chances are pretty good that "fragile" artists Diana Zombola and Chris Efstratis will meet for the first time this week at the 16th annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival at Main Street Station, located on the Maggie Pond and Blue River, at South Main Street and Park Avenue.

Starting on Friday, Aug. 4, the show, featuring 80 juried fine artists, selling their works in ceramics, mixed media, fiber, jewelry, photography, painting, wood, glass and sculpture, opens at 10 a.m., and runs to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday until 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Coming up from Colorado Springs is Zombola, a fused glass artist.

She began her love of glass more than 25 years ago, then put her glass and tools away to raise two daughters. When her youngest daughter went away to college, Zombola went to Royalty Stained Glass to take some refresher classes. It was there she met owner Jana Bordelon, and the two rapidly developed a friendship; and discovered Zombola's love of glass fusing, and dichroic glass.

A multi-talented artist, Zombola was the principal violist (and a founder) of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. Having served for 25 years, she recently stepped down from the responsibilities of principal in order to dedicate her time to her glass.

"I do fused glass, sometimes called kiln formed glass," she says. "I have a lot of fun making it."

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For the younger Efstratis, who is from Sacramento, California, clay is the medium.

"My background with clay developed on the potter's wheel, but there is something that draws me to manipulating forms from the wheel, and turning a vessel into something other than a vessel," the artist explains of his whimsical ceramic results.

"Reactions from people viewing my work can range from comments like, 'that impairs my vision,' 'scary,' 'human-like,' 'comical,' 'what were you thinking?' 'that is offensive,' to 'beautiful,'" he says.

His website is ChrisEfstratis.com.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed "Spike," a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former hardrock miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com