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Owen Pach Shares Life Stories with Art Enthusiasts

Gulfport residents and collectors came out to support glass artist Owen Pach at the Museum of Fine Arts during a "Gallery Talk." A similar event is planned for September 9.

Artist Owen Pach began his journey as a glass blower in 1988 in Ybor City. Now, nearly 30 years later, Pach has earned top awards across the country and has become a known name in the glass art community.

From his time as a teaching assistant at Penland School in North Carolina to becoming an apprentice to master Marini maker Richard Ritter, Pach has plenty of stories. That's why he was invited to participate in a "Gallery Talk" event at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Pach's piece titled, "COSMOS," is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg, in the special exhibition Global + Local. Last week, collectors and art enthusiasts gathered for an intimate tour of the gallery and to hear personal stories from the artist himself.

At least a dozen people came out to support Pach and hear about his journey as an artist. Gulfport resident Doug Hudson said he was happy to see Pach receive recognition for his work.

Gallery Talk in September:

Pach is taking part in another gallery talk on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2:30 p.m. This event is titled, "History of American Glass Movement and Gallery Talk with Owen Pach." The introductory lecture and gallery talk will be included with admission.

The Museum of Fine Arts is located at 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. For more information call (727) 896-2667.

Gallery in Gulfport:

Owen Pach's studio is located in the "Alley of the Arts" at 5437 D. 29th Ave S. in Gulfport. The studio is usually open during the First Friday and Third Saturday Art Walks. Learn more at www.owenpach.com.

Editor's Notes: The original article stated that Pach was going to blow glass at the Industrial Arts Center on Wednesday, August 29. The event was cancelled.

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