Category Archive: Mosaic Art Exhibitions

“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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The Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics, “New Strata” opens September, 9, 2014

Opening Reception Friday, September 19, 2014 from 6:00-9:00pm

The Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics, "New Strata", opening Friday, Sept. 16, 2014

The Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics, “New Strata”, September 19 – November 7, 2014

A new exhibition opens this Friday, September 19th at The Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics, “New Strata”. Featuring the works of fourteen American students of Scottish artist Dugald MacInnes, the exhibition is about ‘ distilling an idea down to its simplest form”. The exhibition also includes a major work by MacInnes, who recently donated “Tectonic Drift” to the new permanent collection of The Chicago Mosaic School/ GoCM.

New Strata’ artists include: Elizabeth Bartky, Eugenia Brown, Jessica Cherry, Sue Coombs, Carolynn Friedman, Eileen Gassman, Sue Giannotti, Andryea Natkin, Matteo Randi, Carol Stirton-Broad, Casey Van Loon, Jamie Weisbrod, and Anabella Wewer, The show runs through November 7th, 2014.

Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics – GoCM
1806 West Cuyler Avenue
Chicago Illinois USA 60613
773 975 8966

GoCMosaics@gmail.com

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

Mosaic Arts International 2014

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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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