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Mosaic Arts International 2014 opens April 24, 2014 at Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, TX

Mosaic Arts International 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Mosaic Arts International Exhibition at the Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, Texas
April 24 – May 30, 2014

SAMA’s annual juried art show, Mosaic Arts International (MAI), will be presented next week at Williams Tower Gallery in Houston, Texas.  The exhibition offers a rare and enriching opportunity to experience, in person, the unique texture and diversity of the best of contemporary mosaic art, an art form that is so rich and compelling that it is often difficult to capture the full essence in a photograph.

This year’s jury panel includes Reginald C. Adams, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston, Houston, Texas; internationally recognized master mosaic artist Giulio Menossi, Udine, Italy; and Jeannine Falino, an independent curator and museum consultant who has lectured extensively on American decorative arts, New York, New York.

“The artists in this year’s exhibition have expressed creativity and innovation in their work that illustrates the unique and compelling qualities of this most ancient of art forms,” said Shug Jones, President of the SAMA Board of Trustees.  “The mosaics containing both traditional and non-traditional materials while employing classic and contemporary techniques continue to explore the diversity of the medium in unexpected ways.”

The Jurors awarded Best In Show to Atsuko Laskaris for Water Lily, a masterfully executed stained glass image depicting a moment in the sun.  Juror, Giulio Menossi commented, “Great example of technique that achieves the high points of mastery… the wonderful use of the range of light and dark without fear of getting lost and confused in the world of color. “(Translated from Italian). The award for Technical Achievement, which acknowledges the work which exemplifies excellence in the methods, materials, and execution of traditional mosaic making, went to Brooks Tower for The Valley, an intimate expression of personal loss. Executed in the opus sectile technique, Tower masterfully merges precision stone placement with evocative imagery.  Gary Drostle’s clever, lighted representation of an electrical circuit, Electron Flow, was awarded for Contemporary Innovation as the work that best encourages experimentation and challenges the definition of mosaic art.

2014 Mosaic Arts International Best In Show.  Atsuko Laskaris, Water Lily, 2013, Stained glass

2014 Mosaic Arts International Best In Show. Atsuko Laskaris, Water Lily, 2013, Stained glass

2014 Technical Achievement.  Brooks Tower, The Valley, 2013, Sawn marble, travertine, limestone, quartzite slate, and porcelain; glass, smalti, gold smalti, copper wire, coral, ceramic figure and plate, carbonized sugar, dirt, crushed travertine

2014 Technical Achievement. Brooks Tower, The Valley, 2013, Sawn marble, travertine, limestone, quartzite slate, and porcelain; glass, smalti, gold smalti, copper wire, coral, ceramic figure and plate, carbonized sugar, dirt, crushed travertine

2014 Contemporary Innovation, Gary Drostle, Electron Flow, 2013, Venetian glass smalti, transparent smalti, unglazed ceramic, electro-effervescent light tape.  Installation Location: Burcham Street, London, UK

2014 Contemporary Innovation, Gary Drostle, Electron Flow, 2013, Venetian glass smalti, transparent smalti, unglazed ceramic, electro-effervescent light tape. Installation Location: Burcham Street, London, UK

Each individual juror also made a personal selection for the Juror’s awards.  Reginald C. Adams chose Gwyn Kaitis’ (Joliet, IL) You Bitch!, a sculptural work about which Adams remarked, “I love the integration of mixed-media sculpture and the satire that Kaitis creatively integrated into the work.  As with many of the pieces in the jurying process, this particular work caused me to revisit it several times to further investigate and explore the details and materials used in the mosaic masterpiece.”   Giulio Menossi selected Melissa Cole’s (Spokane, WA) ambitious series of 155 sculpted panels, Confluence (Of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers), which adorns a pedestrian bridge spanning a major highway.  “Interesting project to revive and give life to a structure, otherwise without any interest…a perfect integration of landscape…a network…a road and the sky.”  Patricia Marin’s (New York, NY) Bass Man, a figurative depiction of a jazz musician captured the attention of Jeannine Falino for her Juror’s Choice.  “My personal favorite is Bass Man for its rich use of warm colors, and for its treatment of the musician that seems to evoke the jazz world of the 50”s.  Moreover, the abstracted handling of the figure and the background that is achieved using broad patches of color recalls the work of Romare Beardon, who often made collages with pieces of colored paper and textiles.  The subject was rendered with empathy, using a clear composition and rich color that yielded a memorable image.” said Falino.

 

2014 Juror’s Choice: Reginald C. Adams.  Gwyn Kaitis, You Bitch!, 2012, Bas relief, hand formed substrate, smalti, marble, gold, coral, glass, vintage wooden and metal paper cutter

2014 Juror’s Choice: Reginald C. Adams. Gwyn Kaitis, You Bitch!, 2012, Bas relief, hand formed substrate, smalti, marble, gold, coral, glass, vintage wooden and metal paper cutter

 

2014 Juror’s Choice: Jeannine Falino.  Patricia Marin, Bass Man, 2012, glass

2014 Juror’s Choice: Jeannine Falino. Patricia Marin, Bass Man, 2012, glass

2014 Juror’s Choice: Giulio Menossi.  Melissa Cole, Confluence (of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers),  2013, Concrete, stained, fused glass, recycled glass tile, and epoxy grout, concrete and Wedi board.  Installation Location: Lewiston, ID

2014 Juror’s Choice: Giulio Menossi. Melissa Cole, Confluence (of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers), 2013, Concrete, stained, fused glass, recycled glass tile, and epoxy grout, concrete and Wedi board. Installation Location: Lewiston, ID

Joining the 2014 juried members’ show, is an Invitational Exhibit containing works from three internationally recognized mosaic masters: Emma Biggs of London, England, Giulio Menossi of Udine, Italy, and Sonia King of Dallas, Texas and San Francisco, California, USA.

 

Emma Biggs, Flint & Pipe, 2013,  Flint trace fossils, stems and bowls of 18th and 19th century tobacco pipe, marble, smalti, and vitreous glass

Emma Biggs, Flint & Pipe, 2013, Flint trace fossils, stems and bowls of 18th and 19th century tobacco pipe, marble, smalti, and vitreous glass

The Masters Invitational exhibit provides a rare opportunity for viewers to experience the work of three strongly unique voices in contemporary mosaic.   “I am thrilled that we will present these particular artists’ work together this year.” said Dawnmarie Zimmerman, SAMA Executive Director.  “Viewers will experience three very different aesthetic approaches toward use of materials and color in fine art mosaic, as well as the result of three artists who exquisitely navigate the essential relationship between tesserae and substrate.   Their level of mastery is seemingly effortless, albeit decades in the making, resulting in the development of an authentically sophisticated visual language that can be emotional, intellectual and/or meditative.  We are very fortunate that all three of these artists will also contribute their expertise as part of our Education Program, during the American Mosaic Summit, April 30 – May 4, 2014. It is an honor to present this entire exhibition to the Houston community. ”

Giulio Menossi, Moon (Luna), Dynamic mixed media mosaic

Giulio Menossi, Moon (Luna), Dynamic mixed media mosaic

Sonia King, Coded Message: Note in Invisible Ink, 2012, Glass, ceramic, white gold, smalti, quartz, silver, marble, rock crystal, seashell, pearls, aluminum, selenite, abalone, pebbles, stainless steel, bone, coral, fluorite, dinosaur bone, mirror applied without visible adhesive on to a hand-formed substrate

Sonia King, Coded Message: Note in Invisible Ink, 2012, Glass, ceramic, white gold, smalti, quartz, silver, marble, rock crystal, seashell, pearls, aluminum, selenite, abalone, pebbles, stainless steel, bone, coral, fluorite, dinosaur bone, mirror applied without visible adhesive on to a hand-formed substrate

Sonia King, Coded Message: Dark Secret - detail, 2014, Glass, ceramic, shells, golds, smalti, bone, fossils, pebbles, aluminum, laminate, pearls, coral and abalone applied without visible adhesive on to a hand-formed substrate

Sonia King, Coded Message: Dark Secret – detail, 2014, Glass, ceramic, shells, golds, smalti, bone, fossils, pebbles, aluminum, laminate, pearls, coral and abalone applied without visible adhesive on to a hand-formed substrate

The Society of American Mosaic Artists, a non-profit organization of over 900 members, is dedicated to educating, inspiring, and promoting excellence in mosaic arts.  SAMA is the largest mosaic art organization in the world, including mosaic artists, collectors, materials suppliers, and art educators.  More information about SAMA can be found at www.americanmosaics.org.

More information about the Williams Tower Gallery, contact: Sally Sprout, (713) 553-5060 or sosprout@earthlink.net.  Gallery hours: M-F, 8:00am – 6:00pm.   Williams Tower Gallery, 2800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, Texas 77056.

 

 

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Houston Mayor Welcomes SAMA

 

Houston’s Mayor Annise Parker invites artists to Houston to enjoy the city’s great offerings and to attend the SAMA conference April 30-May 4, 2014. 

 

 

 

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A Texas Sized Welcome!

The Houston Host Committee and members of MOSAICO-Houston eagerly await your arrival for the 13th annual SAMA conference.  

We plan to give you a big Texas Welcome and want you to thoroughly enjoy our city.  You know how ‘Texans’ are always bragging about their state, don’t you?  Well, we’ll try not to do that but we do want you to know that we have some mighty fine hospitality down here in Houston and we aim to extend a good deal of it toward you.

2014 Conference Host Committee, MOSAICO-Houston lead by Sharon Plummer (in hat)

2014 Conference Host Committee, MOSAICO-Houston lead by Sharon Plummer (front left)

We’ve arranged for two special workshop opportunities that will take place in the artist’s studios.  There are so many interesting mosaics all around the greater-Houston area that we’ve lined out three distinct tours.  In addition to the Mosaic Arts International juried show, at the swanky William Towers Gallery, there will be four additional independent exhibitions for you to see.  The Mosaic Marathon panels are astonishing!  This will not be your grandmother’s type of mosaic.  ooooh . . . and let’s not forget the food in Houston!  This city has become heaven for those who enjoy dining out.  Our chefs and restaurants keep showing up on all sorts of award lists.

Okay, okay . . . I know.  I’m bragging again.

So, here’s the deal.  The Houston Host Committee will be putting together a series of subject-centrist reports that will be sent out on a regular basis leading up to the conference.  Each one will focus on a particular aspect of the conference or of the city.  We think this method will help you get organized and plan out your activities without being overwhelmed by an avalanche of information all at one time.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Our first report for you will be about activities, events, and sites that will be great fun to do BEFORE THE CONFERENCE STARTS.  What the heck does that mean?  It means that, if there’s any way possible, you are going to want to get to Houston 3 or 5 or 7 days before April 30.  We’ll provide info on lots of entertaining, cultural, and shopping opportunities and even develop suggested itineraries.   So plan to come EARLY.

Check out our MOSAICO-Houston Facebook from time to time for new postings, and you can communicate with us that way.

Be seein’ ya’ soon!

Sharon Plummer

Chair,Houston Host Committee

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2014 Sponsorship Campaign Underway

A note from the Sponsorship Committee Chairperson, Ed Kinsella

FOREMOST, THANK YOU to all SAMA SPONSORS and DONORS, SAMA Volunteer Officers and Trustees, SAMA Members, SAMA Year-Round and Conference Volunteers, SAMA Staff, SAMA Supporters, and SAMA Partners who have contributed in so many ways.

Your generosity is what makes SAMA so  unique, special and supportive of all stakeholders.  Thanks to YOU, SAMA is experiencing an improving financial position.  Like most nonprofits, SAMA suffered financially over the last five years as the economy constricted and individuals, companies, and institutions cut charitable donations.  After many years of operating deficits and existential crises, SAMA made its first breakeven year, followed by our biggest ever, blockbuster SAMA Mosaic Arts Summit in Tacoma, WA last spring.  But that does not mean that we are no longer in need of your support.

SAMA needs YOUR support now more than ever to maintain institutional health and to continue to offer the amazing educational content for which we are renowned.  Please donate in some way to defray some of the gargantuan Conference expenses, to allow us to keep registration and ancillary costs low for attendees – lower than last year – and to fortify SAMA’s ability to fully execute our mission to educate, inspire, and promote excellence in mosaic arts.

If you have contributed to SAMA in the past, I ask you to please consider increasing that support.  There are so many ways you can augment and enhance SAMA.

  • Can you jump up to the next-higher Sponsorship tier?

  • If you are an individual contributor, does your employer match employee donations?

  • Are there materials, tools, books, or Gift Certificates that you can contribute to the SAMA Raffle?  Or do you have a unique service or product that you can donate to the SAMA Fundraising Auction?

  • Can you donate a small Mosaic Art Salon piece to SAMA?  Or a big one to the Raffle?

If you have never participated in any of our fundraising efforts or if you have not contributed recently, I ask you to think about how you can make SAMA stronger.

  • Any contribution amount is helpful.  Can you donate at any level?

  • If you are an educator, might you be able to offer a seat in your forthcoming class as a Raffle?

  • Even if you are not in a position to provide a monetary, product, service, or in-kind donation, do you know any businesses that may be willing to donate something to SAMA like  airline or cruise tickets, retail goods, vacation homes or services to our Raffle, Auction, or Gift Bag?  We have a member whose sister worked for an airline, and she was able to secure us a donation of 2 air tickets, gratis.  Do you have any connections you can tell us about, or better yet ask on our behalf?

Whether or not you are able to contribute as described above, please consider volunteering year-round or at the conference.  Volunteer service is always needed and appreciated.

As an arts organization supported by the generosity of our members, suppliers, service providers, and supporters, we need your support now more than ever. The programs outlined below are vital fundraising programs that allow SAMA to further its mission to educate, inspire, and promote excellence in mosaic arts. Greater conference funding offers SAMA members more programming and more benefits while carrying a lower price tag, So we ask you and hope you will contribute as generously as possible. There are many financial or in-kind opportunities to be generous to your Mosaic Society.

Please contact me, Ed Kinsella, at (617) 794-8853 or at ekinsella@americanmosaics.org to discuss any of the above, with any feedback or ideas you may have to support SAMA.

As SAMA is a 501(c)(3) organization, donations are tax deductible to the amount allowed by law.


2014 Sponsorship Information
2014 Raffle and Auction Donation Information
2014 Vendor Marketplace Information
2014 Donor & Vendor Commitment Form

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Call for Topics :: 2014 SAMA Conference

2014 American Mosaic Summit: Houston, Texas
Hyatt Regency Houston
April 30 – May 4, 2014

2014 Presentation Program

Each year, over 400 SAMA members benefit from incredible presentations by both nationally known and international guests, such as Emma Biggs, Toyoharu Kii, Pamela Irving,  Helen Bodycomb, James Hubbell, Lucio Orsoni, Marco Bravura, Ilana Shafir, Sonia King, Karen Ami,Sherri Warner Hunter, Lillian Sizemore, Jo Braun, Martin Cheek, Antonella Gallenda, Guilio Mennosi and Verdiano Marzi. Every year, SAMA strives to enhance the level of program excellence for its members. We are looking for program presenters and workshop instructors who are dedicated to educating, inspiring and promoting excellence in mosaic fine art.

Plenary Sessions

We plan for up to 6 presentations/ panel discussions to the full group of registered attendees to occur on Friday, May 2, 2014 and Saturday, May 3, 2014.  This year, we have invited a few special guests to present unique topics in Houston (to be announced in November!)  We will accept proposals for Plenary Session presentations to round out the program.  Presentations and panel discussions are typically 30-45 minutes in length.  Attendees represent an active and enthusiastic segment of our membership whose experience with mosaic art spans from enthusiasts and beginners to established business owners and mosaic masters. The goal of the program is to provide attendees with knowledge and inspiration that is not readily available to them in their region and that helps them reach their individual goals toward excellence in mosaic arts.

The Art of Teaching Mosaic Art: Fundamentals of Successful Workshop Instruction with Andrea Taylor and Bonnie Fitzgerald

Andrea Taylor and Bonnie Fitzgerald from Tacoma 2013!

An Evening with the Pros

A special night of professional round table discussions is planned for Wednesday, April 30, 2014.  Attendance will be open to all registered attendees for this series of business and professional artist focused discussions designed to meet the needs of our professional members looking to improve their business skills, take their work to a new market, expand their outreach, and grow their art business.  We are seeking discussion topic leaders to facilitate lively & engaging sessions that provide an exchange of ideas between the arts business leaders and the participants and that foster enduring peer to peer and peer to mentor connections to support continued growth and success.  The series will inspire, motivate, and equip emerging professional members with knowledge they need to make the transition toward a full time art career.  Please use the Presentation Proposal Form to submit topics for consideration for this evening.

Accepted Presenters are offered a modest honorarium and given one complimentary conference registration in gratitude for participating in our Conference.

This year, we have provided the proposal forms in an online format that we hope is easier for you to complete. 

PRESENTATION PROPOSAL FORM

Presentation Proposals are Due October 18, 2013.  SAMA’s Education and Executive Committees will review the proposals and notifications will be returned by October 30, 2013. Accepted Presenters will be provided an agreement outlining honorarium terms by November 15, 2013.

 

Micromosaic workshop with Antonella Gallenda

Micromosaic workshop with Antonella Gallenda from Tacoma 2013!

2014 Education Program

Each year, SAMA has increased the number of course offerings to accommodate the incredible desire of its members to get their hands on materials and create a new chapter in their mosaic education.  The Education Program is noted as the main reason members choose to attend the conference per our annual surveys.

SAMA members eagerly work the website’s shopping cart on overdrive when the registration period for courses first opens each Winter. If you are an experienced instructor who would like to touch the lives of the most enthusiastic mosaicists in the world, then we invite you to submit a course proposal.

On Wednesday, April 30, Thursday, May 1, 2014, and Sunday morning, May 4, 2014, the Education Program will focus on the Professional, Artistic and Technical Development of its members. Proposals for 2 hour & 4 hour (half day) workshops or seminars and 7 hour (full day) workshops will be accepted. Workshops will be classified as “Hands On” – are described as technical or material centered wherein the participants do manipulate materials and create a project or practice a technique.  Seminars or “Demo/Lecture” – are described as informational or discussion centered wherein the participants will not manipulate materials but participate in a discussion of the topic. This would include demonstration presentations.

2013 Educational Program

2013 Educational Program

Due to the time constraints of our program, we ask that potential instructors keep the time frame in mind when composing their course content. SAMA and our member attendees do not expect a week’s worth of content to be squeezed into one day. We do however expect that all attendees walk away from the courses with ample understanding of your subject, reference material and/or tactical experience with a method and enough inspiration to continue further study and work on the subject.

Terms:

Course compensation is set by SAMA and scaled by course length, instructor experience, and prior demand.  Registration fees for courses are split 40% instructor/ 60% SAMA. Any Materials Fees will be established and reimbursed separately.  Prior attendee evaluations of courses are considered during the selection process.

 

This year, we have provided the proposal forms in an online format that we hope is easier for you to complete.  

EDUCATION COURSE PROPOSAL FORM

Course Proposals are Due October 18, 2013.  SAMA’s Education and Executive Committees will review the proposals and notifications will be returned by October 30, 2013. Accepted Instructors will be provided an agreement outlining workshop pricing and instruction fees by November 15, 2013.

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