Saturday I made a trip to Blue Hill to drop off 4 new mosaics at Handworks Gallery. Check it out if you're in the area! They are all 12" x 12" and have new tiled edges. Here are two of them below:
I recently delivered 9 mosaics to Island Institute's Archipelago gallery in Rockland. Thanks to my husband, I have this rack system to transport mosaics easily in the back of our Prius.
My mosaic work will be on display through July. Archipelago will host First Friday art walks starting in June. I hope to be at the June 1st art walk, so if you have any questions about my work, please introduce yourself! It will be a great chance to see new art, have some wine and snacks, and meet new people!
Below are the mosaic landscapes you can see at Archipelago:
I am just finishing up work for an upcoming Spring/Summer group exhibit at Archipelago in Rockland, Maine. My favorite so far is this compass rose with gold chrome tiles. The chrome tiles have a bumpy texture that really catch the light. It measures 24" in diameter, and has white tiled edges.
This mosaic "Bloom" is on display as part of a group exhibition at Boston Society of Architects, in Boston, MA. It was on display through the Mosaic Arts International conference in Boston, and will be up through April. After that, this little 6" mosaic will be heading back home to Maine.
Grout color is so important when making a mosaic. I almost always use a dark colored grout as I feel it ties everything together and outlines specific features. Pictured below are two photos of the same mosaic, I grouted in a gray color first and was disappointed. Today I regrouted in a charcoal black. I am very happy with it now, it's just as I envisioned!
I have decided to offer different blank note cards each January, using some of my favorite mosaic designs from the previous year. The note cards released this year are:
"Out To Haul"
I grew up on an island off the coast of Maine. I wanted to create a mosaic that reminded me of days spent on the water, hauling traps and catching lobsters. The seafoam color sparkles and the fractures remind me of squinting through the water as the traps are pulled up. The red glass has lots of varying colors, all of which I have seen in a real lobster. The brown edging represents rope, and the white the foam of the seawater. I am happy to say this mosaic found a home on the same island I went lobstering on.
I enjoy hiking and watching the sunset. How do I watch the sunset on the East Coast? That is one bonus of island living, you can capture beautiful sunrises over the ocean, as well as sunsets. I used to enjoy standing on the cliffs of the lighthouse and watching the sunset. It was always a time of deep thought. I started this as the new year was approaching, and with a new year comes reflection and goal setting, both personally and professionally. This seemed like a fitting mosaic to finish in the new year.
This mosaic was a commissioned piece, inspired by the client's granddaughter who sits on the rocks outside her grandmother's home; reminding her of a mermaid. From their home they enjoy beautiful sunrises, often with a pink mackerel sky.
These cards are available for sale now. They are $5 each or 3 for $12, and that includes shipping within the US. They come in a protective plastic sleeve.
This sketch is for a lobster buoy commission I am currently working on. The buoy colors represented in the glass mosaic will depict three consecutive generations of fishermen.
16" x 24"
This client wanted a mosaic depiction of her granddaughter (mermaid) sitting on the rocks out front her coastal home. From this home they enjoy beautiful sunrises, often with a pink mackerel sky. The mermaid has a starfish and scallop shell crown made of Swarovski Crystals and Sterling Silver. The client is an author, and when naming this mosaic opted for the Middle English spelling of mermaid.
I was approached this summer to make a Bald Eagle mosaic in honor of Roger May. I am thankful to have been part of such a special gift. The Bald Eagle is a sacred animal that is thought to convey messages and powers of the Spirit. I hope when Roger's wife looks at this she feels strength, protection, and the presence of her husband, who always loved flying.
The finished glass mural measures 36" x 36", and is installed in the school cafeteria.
I was able to get into the school over Thanksgiving vacation week to install the mural. 4-5 people were on hand to assist, and thankfully, my three kids sat quietly while we worked. We screwed the mosaic directly into the wall, and then I glued the final tesserae over the screws. I went back the next day and grouted the last small remaining areas, and covered the mosaic with paper until the unveiling. Here are a few pictures from the last day of work.
Today was the grand unveiling of the mosaic. It was held during eighth grade lunch, so all of eighth grade could be there, as well as the few 7th graders that were involved in the project. After a few words, the students were able to pull down the paper and see the finished product!
Pictured below are most of the students that worked on the project:
This is a photo of me with the school art teacher Ms Nickerson. I am so grateful for her help, and the use of her classroom!
I'm thankful for the opportunity to work with the after school students in this school. I'm happy to say, the values listed on this tree were values students demonstrated in my time working with them. What a great school, and community of students!
I am a stained glass mosaic artist from Maine.