Category Archive: Membership

“Pieces of Impressionism”, Green Door Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO Sept. 3 – Oct. 30, 2014

GMAA Gallery ShowGateway Mosaic Artist Association featured through October 30, 2014

Green Door Art Gallery, located at 21 N. Gore in Old Webster Groves in the historical Heritage Building. Wednesday thru Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm- Closed Monday and Tuesday (314) 402-1959


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CMA Summit Invitational Exhibition – Ashland, Oregon, October 2014

IllaheIllahe Studios and Gallery

Twenty nine invited mosaic artists will be showing their work during the month of October, 2014, at the Illahe Studios and Gallery in Ashland, Oregon. This exhibition is in conjunction with the Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit – CMA from October 3 to 6.

Exhibiting Artists: Tina Ellis, Jill McAlvage Smith, Jennifer Kuhns, Karen Rycheck, Kelley Knickerbocker, Lynn Adamo, Kate Kerrigan, Mireille Swinnen, Joanne Chase, Terry Nicholls, Luz Mack, Scott Fitzwater, Laurie Gadbois, Atsuko Laskaris, Dawn Mendelson, Jacki Sowers, Robyn Spencer-Crompton, Brooks Tower, Laurel Skye, Chris Emmert, Sandra and Carl Bryant, Mimi Near,Julie Richey, Carol Talkov, Cheryl Bower, Wilma Wyss, Sara Lovelady, Rob Matthews



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Bits & Pieces with the Colorado Mosaic Artists, September 2 – October 4, 2014

2014 Bits &amp Pieces 3 5x7 VERT

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Sara Baldwin’s New Ravenna Mosaics featured by Ford and AOL

This Built America Profiles Exmore, VA Mosaic Company New Ravenna Mosaics

Sara Baldwin, New Ravenna Mosaics

Sara Baldwin

This Built America, a new multimedia platform from AOL exploring the companies and people reimagining American manufacturing, comes to Exmore, VA this week to profile an essential, artistic business to a town facing hard times.

Sara Baldwin’s New Ravenna Mosaics was officially founded in 1992 after a trip to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art ignited Baldwin’s love for mosaics. New Ravenna has created and crafted some of the most beautiful and useful mosaics that get displayed in homes and businesses across three continents. In the episode, Baldwin discusses the family atmosphere New Ravenna has fostered while keeping the company’s profits in Exmore, where it is greatly needed.

“What people don’t understand sometimes about manufacturing is that it’s a net importer of wealth to a community,” Baldwin explains. “We make products here, ship them to Mrs. Smith in Nebraska. She sends the money here, and guess what? It stays in the community.” This has morphed the company into a ‘second home’ that makes everyone feel like they are part of the same family.

For New Ravenna Mosaics, being part of This Built America is proof that Baldwin and her second family made the right decision in banking on New Ravenna’s potential all those years ago. As Baldwin goes on to explain, “The last few years have been a roller coaster, and having the good fortune to keep company with the other amazing manufacturers in this program makes us feel that all our hard work really means something.”

To view the full episode and more of what makes New Ravenna the family it is, visit

New Ravenna Mosaics joins a national movement in This Built America that is devoted to supporting American companies and American-made products. AOL is proud to support the effort along with sponsor Ford Trucks. Through the year, the editorial and video teams will explore 50 states in 50 weeks to bring 50 stories of the people who are bringing back manufacturing to America. The platform is produced in coordination with Man Made Content.

SAMA is thrilled that AOL and Ford’s This Built America campaign chose to place the spotlight on one of our Corporate Level Members!  


For More on Sara Baldwin and New Ravenna, visit her website 

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Why I’m a SAMA Member :: Drucilla Perez-Tubens

Questions Answered

by Drucilla Perez Tubens, Cleburne, TX

Drucilla Perez-Tubens

“Wolf in Sheeps Clothing”, ferrocement sculpture, china

Art has always been my life.  I have always loved to explore different art forms and techniques.  In 2003, I decided to do mosaics.  I had read books in the past but then turned to the internet for more information and references.  While researching, I found a rock star of mosaics in the next town over, an internet support group, and a national association-SAMA.  What a way to start!

This new found group accepted me with open arms.  Even my husband, Tom, found perfect opportunities to plug in through volunteering.  SAMA offered workshops and classes that enabled me to grow in my art.  They made available comfortable events and places to gather and enjoy like-minded people.  Being able to discuss tips and tricks and experiences with other artists was just what I needed.  There were so many others that wanted to share and learn, just like me.

"The Beckoning", wire sculpture, mesh with stained glass

“The Beckoning”, wire sculpture, mesh with stained glass

I sent a piece to San Francisco for the AMP project, not really knowing what to expect.  The acceptance, honest critique, and feedback were simply amazing.  SAMA brought together, for us, manufacturers, and retailers of materials and tools. I could touch and see a great deal of the media that was being used to make some of the most beautiful mosaics in the world.  Many people have asked me what it was like at the convention in San Francisco.  I have told everyone that it was like going to Cinderella’s ball.  My response has been exactly the same for every convention since.

These are the questions for you:

Ever been to Cinderella’s ball? Come to SAMA.

Ever met your favorite artist and actually be able to have an in depth conversation with them? Come to SAMA.

Ever seen a new technique and been able to ask the person who did it “how they did it” AND been told? Come to SAMA.

Ever been part of a volunteer project and after two short days had it finished and mounted for the ages? Come to SAMA.

Artist with "Eve".  mannequin, stained glass

Artist with “Eve”. mannequin, stained glass

I could ask questions like that for hours—Come to SAMA.

I have only missed two conventions since 2003 and I hope to never miss again!

SAMA has given me the opportunity to take my art from coast to coast and border to border, something I may not have pursued on my own.   They didn’t push, they encouraged.  They didn’t criticize, they helped.  This organization has given me the confidence and capability to be the mosaic artist I want to be.


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