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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 http://www.thisbuiltamerica.com/virginia/

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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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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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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Tessellated Language, January 8 – February 20, 2014

Seattle City Hall and Anne Focke Gallery
600 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
8 January – 20 February 2014
M – F, 7 am – 6 pm 

Artists:
Julia Haack, Jo Braun, Kate Jessup, Joseph Pentheroudakis, Kelley Knickerbocker, Tina Randolph
Tessellated Language - Seattle City Hall

TESSELLATED LANGUAGE showcases six Seattle artists whose work employs principles of tessellation—fragmentation, recombination, repetition, and modulation—and explores ways in which such techniques begin to imply, deliberately or not, the use of mutually intelligible personal languages of shape and space. The collection of work is comprised of numerous mediums, including drawing, mixed media, assemblage, mosaic, and wall-mounted sculpture.

However, the focus on tessellation deemphasizes technical medium- categories and instead spotlights the rationale behind the visual constructions, their emotional effects, and non-verbal echoes throughout the exhibition. In a specific sense, the collection of work examines overlap between and among the six artists’ respective visual “alphabets”; in a general sense, it offers a glimpse into a broader visual language of critically made objects.

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Members in the News :: Jim Bachor

Novato art gallery’s main dish is food

Excerpted from the San Fransico Chronicle Article by Nancy Davis Kho, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013

“Mosaic artist Jim Bachor, inspired by the way mosaic was used to capture everyday life in Pompeii, created a series of mosaics memorializing modern foodstuffs, like a cup of Starbucks coffee and Ho Hos. Works in Bachor’s “Super Realistic” series include a full serving of the food depicted, like Cheetos and Doritos, ground up

Perpetual HoHos by Jim Bachor

Perpetual HoHos by Jim Bachor, 8″ x 8″ Smalti, Marble, Gold. one serving of HoHos carbonized and added to the mortar into which it was set.

and mixed into the mortar.”

18" x 24" Smalti and Marble

Quisp by Jim Bachor, 18″ x 24″ Smalti and Marble

 

Quake by Jim Bachor

Quake by Jim Bachor, 18″ x 24″ Smalti and Marble

Super Fresh Art Gallery

Image via: San Francisco Chronicle. Jennifer and Matthew Carden at the window of their gallery with daughter Claire, 10, dog Peepers and mosaics by Jim Bachor. Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle

SUPER FRESH

Always open: text “ART” to (415) 377-7212 for assistance. 906 Grant Ave., Novato; (415) 408-3929. www.superfreshgallery.com.

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