I'm grateful for how I was able to begin my day. Thanks for stopping by.
I managed to salvage a pretty not-so-great week and not-so-great day at the eleventh hour. Well, maybe the 4:00 hour. Just finished a partially healthful course. I'm gonna do my best to make the rest of Friday, and February Fabulous.
May your day filled with little treasures. And may your heart be filled with appreciation.
Have a Fabulous Friday.
I’m a member of a national organization, Society of American Mosaic Artists, or SAMA for short. Each year this group hosts a conference consisting of presentations, workshops, a juried exhibition, mosaic tours, and fun. Through my attendance at several of these conferences, I’ve cemented friendships that initially began online, and have become friends with many other mosaic artists.
Two of these friends recently collaborated to produce Unfurled, a public mosaic installation in Charlotte, NC. Lin Schorr of Lin Schorr Mixed Media Mosaics meticulously designed this beautiful mosaic, and artist Pamela Goode, a founding partner of Ciel Gallery and Mosaic Studio in Charlotte, NC served as Project Manager.
This was accomplished by inviting artists based in the U.S. and beyond, to mosaic small sections of Lin’s larger design, which consisted of three panels of flowers, each roughly 8 feet tall. Artists were given loose guidelines in regards to color selection, and were basically instructed to “color within the lines” of their assigned sections with the freedom to showcase their particular styles.
All year, it was exciting to watch as various participants posted photos of their work on Facebook and Flickr. As the artists finished, and then sent in their pieces to Pamela in Charlotte, each of the three flowers began to take shape in Ciel’s studio, as we were given sneak peeks at the progress online.
Above is a photo of my little contribution to this project, before it went on to Charlotte to be grouted, and installed in the larger mural. It was exciting for me to be able to participate in this project, and frankly, it forced me to find the time to fit my beloved passion of mosaics into an unusually busy year.
There was quite a bit of work involved once these pieces arrived in Charlotte. They were each adhered to a substrate that had been cut in the shape of Lin’s original design, and then fortified with a metal frame. Next, each flower section had to be grouted. Finally, it was installed in its final showcase, the exterior wall of Ciel Gallery, which is located in Charlotte’s hip and coming arts district.
Lin and Pamela entered this mural into American Mosaics International, a juried exhibition which is part of SAMA's annual conference. Both of these artists already have earned well-deserved solo entries into this exhibition in prior years, but it was exciting news to hear that they've done it again, leading our contingent of over fifty artists into yet another show for them.
I am grateful to them both for asking me to be a part of this, and congratulate them for once again landing a coveted spot in this highly competitive exhibition.
A few weeks ago, this spectacular mosaic had a ribbon cutting ceremony that included several of the participating artists, and of course, Lin and Pam. Made almost entirely of glass, Unfurled seduces the viewer with a profusion of ever-flowing eye candy as it catches the outdoor light. Every time you view it, you discover a new little detail. Each little fragment reflects and shares its light in its own unique way, much like each artist. I’m so appreciative that I was able to participate. Thank you, Lin and Pam.
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