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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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Notice of 2014 Annual Meeting And Proxy Vote for Board Nominees

Notice of Annual Meeting
And Proxy Vote for Board Nominees

Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of the Society of American Mosaic Artists will be held Friday, May 2, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Houston, Houston, Texas. Members who have paid their 2014 annual dues by April 23, 2014 are entitled to vote at the annual meeting either in person or, if unable to attend, by proxy. Proxy votes must be mailed and postmarked no later than April 23, 2014.

A privilege of membership in the Society of American Mosaic Artists is the right to elect the members of the Board of Trustees, who determine policy and programs of the organization, and the Advisory Board, who offer support and counsel to the Trustees. The term of office is three years. An elected Trustee may be reelected for a second three-year term or a special one-year term.

In addition, the Board of Trustees will vote upon the following slate of officer nominees, pursuant to Bylaw section 6.1, at their meeting on April 29, 2014:

President – Jacki Gran
Vice President – Julie Dilling
Treasurer – Debbie Immel
Secretary – Susan Jeffreys

Information about the 2014 nominees and a proxy ballot for those not able to attend the General Meeting can be found by clicking below.

2014 SAMA Board of Trustees Nominee Slate and Proxy Ballot.

Member’s with Questions may email our Nominations Committee Chair, Donna Post.

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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 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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