|Posted by mazztroop on February 14, 2014 at 7:40 PM||comments (1)|
I had top billing on the Mountainview marquee! Exciting for me.Most of the mosaics were the same as the Reflections show in July.The first gallery slot of the year was slated for my mosaics and the ceramic artwork of Patricia Bonilla. Patricia also makes color laden mandalas that complement the mosaics beautifully.Grace poses near "Cupcake" at the closing reception.
|Posted by mazztroop on November 13, 2013 at 10:40 PM||comments (0)|
The Art Place in Marietta, GA, is hosting a Holiday Show and sale starting Nov. 13, 2013 through Dec. 21, 2013. I had several mosaics in the sale, so we went to the "Sneak Peak" opening.
There was a nice variety of art - fused glass, various clay pieces, paintings, photography, origami, textiles, jewelry, cards, etc.
Oh! And mosaics of course! My nutcrackers were looking especially sparkly for their first appearance under the gallery lights. And the Winter Cardinal was front and center on the mock fireplace.
The Art Place does a nice job of creating a unique gallery set up for these special events. I would like to give a big thank you to Miss Abigail Tong for making the special lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting to match my "Cupcake" mosaic!
|Posted by mazztroop on November 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
My weekend started with a long checklist: mosaic rocks - check, mosaic fine art - check, mosaic crucifixes - check, greeting cards, business cards, new wire rack, table, tableclothes, wood blocks, Square card reader, automatic screwdriver, etc. etc. etc. Friday I spent packing everything carefully into the van. Bright and early Saturday I headed to Summerville, GA for a weekend arts festival. Once again I was blessed with beautiful, sunny weather and the fall colors were just beginning to turn - gorgeous! Summerville is a lovely small town and I even met the mayor, Harry Harvey.
|Posted by mazztroop on October 8, 2013 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
I really lucked out with my timing this year. After the "Reflections" exhibit was finished, I was ready for The Art Walk in downtown Marietta on the square. I found out that every other first Friday Art Walk had been rained out. With the exception of my garden mosaics, they would not do well in the rain! The September and October Art Walks were blessed with fabulous sunny weather. I love the atmosphere of trendy shops, great restaurants, hip patrons and beautiful art in a lovely setting off the square. Many thanks to The Butcher The Baker and SweeTreats for hosting my booth!
|Posted by mazztroop on July 4, 2013 at 11:35 PM||comments (0)|
"Reflections" was a two artist show I had in July at The Art Place in Marietta, GA with Teresa Barnes, a fused glass artist. Roman poses next to "Summer at the Creek," a smalti mosaic of him at Kennesaw Mountain Park. He was a great help unloading mosaics for the exhibit. I borrowed some of my commissioned mosiacs from their owners. My fine cousin Jim Skelton made it out as well as our fantastic neighbors, Shawn and Chris DeGrace. I also met another mosaicist, Dee Ruff. Below, some dear friends came out for opening night and then we all went out afterwards. The kids put their mosaics in also and Grace sold her strawberry trivet in the bottom photo. There was quite a bit of prep work to get everything ready, but I was able to display about 32 mosaics. Amazing to see so much glass artwork on display in one gallery!
|Posted by mazztroop on April 2, 2013 at 11:30 PM||comments (0)|
It has been a little while since I had mosaics in a gallery - Reveal My Soul was in Ciel Gallery in Charlotte, NC until the end of December 2012. So when I found this local community center gallery was accepting submissions for 2013, I entered. Well, my fine art mosaics were accepted for a two artist show in July, and as an added bonus I was asked to submit for a garden show this month. I spent a few weeks making some fun garden pieces - garden rocks, a slate plaque and a birdbath. This is a juried show with 18 artists, so I can't wait for the artist's reception in two weeks to find out the winners! Join me from 7-9pm on April 18th at The Art Place in Marietta, GA.
|Posted by mazztroop on July 4, 2012 at 10:20 PM||comments (1)|
About a month ago I decided to give myself a challenge. I am already working on a commission and have all summer before the deadline. Instead of working at a nice, leisurely pace and relaxing, I decided to challenge myself with another mosaic. In response to Sonia King's "Articulate" call for entries, I came up with a design that would show the spirit that moves my art through form, texture, color, innovation, or subject. The requirement states the piece fully express my own very individual voice.
Now I'm in the midst of my "challenge," and I don't know if I will meet the deadline for entries - July 23. I'm behind schedule due to something many might identify with - something called life. I lost a full week when I was working Costumes and Backstage Management in a summer play my children were in. Then we had birthday parties, family visiting, holidays - something called life. Now if I buckle down, work extra late, lose a little sleep,and focus on the project I might get finished in time. But if I don't finish by the deadline, I will still have my new mosaic - "Reveal My Soul." And I might also have - something called life.
|Posted by mazztroop on April 9, 2012 at 2:25 PM||comments (1)|
This past weekend, April 6-8 was not just Easter weekend for me. This was the opening of a gallery show entitled "Back to the Garden" at Ciel Gallery in Charlotte, NC. Two of my mosaics were accepted into the show, and this was the first time my artwork was on display in a gallery. Because Charlotte is only four hours from my home in Georgia, I decided to make the trip and see the other mosaics in person. Now, I confess that my guilty pleasure is looking at other mosaic artwook online. So seeing them in person was a real treat. There is no doubt, the dimensional quality and reflective nature of mosaics is best viewed in person. My favorite piece was John Sollinger's "Astir." You can check it out here: http://roguemosaics.com/artwork/1545337_ASTIR.html
It was very difficult to select just one favorite mosaic when the choices were so rich and diverse. The night was actually a gallery crawl and I as I meandered through other galleries, with paintings and other mediums it confirmed one thing for me. Mosaics are for me. They speak to me like none of the other artwork. I love looking at, and I love making and I love everything about mosaics.
|Posted by mazztroop on March 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM||comments (1)|
It seems whenever I am working on a mosaic, I can't help but anticipate future projects. Right now there is a small online competition for a mosaic featuring "music" as the theme. I have already made thumbnail sketches of my design and even have it laid out on a leftover piece of wood. I can't wait to finish my current project and get started on the music mosaic. But I also set a goal of trying my hand at smalti this year and making a mosaic from a photo of my sister. In fact, my idea list is about 25-30 items long at any given moment. With the slow pace of mosaic making and all the ideas floating around in my head for months, patience comes in handy. Some of the projects may never get completed, but I will just keep cutting glass and gluing until I finish all the projects on my idea list. Of course, by then, I'll have another 20 ideas.