Entries by Marsha Rafter

A Hidden Gem in Encinitas

On June 17th, I had the pleasure of teaching at The Center for Creative Renewal in Encinitas, CA.  The owner, Ellen Speert, is an art therapist and has owned the three acre property for over forty years. From the street, you would never know what lies beyond the gate to her back garden. She and […]

San Diego Botanic Garden Sculpture Show 2017

June 25th was the reception for the artists in the San Diego Botanic Garden’s 2017 Sculpture in the Garden Show. I am so happy to have had four pieces selected for the show. The first, my 36″ mandala, is installed near the entrance to the garden up in the plant shop (which is by the […]

Ruth Bancroft Garden Sculpture Show 2017

On June 15th I drove up to Walnut Creek, Ca to install three of my sculptures in the Ruth Bancroft Garden. This was my first visit to the garden and  I found it to be a very special place filled with beautiful succulents and cactus. The garden is just over three acres, and it was […]

San Dieguito Art Guild Art in the Garden Tour

Mother’s Day weekend was absolutely beautiful weather and a perfect weekend for the San Dieguito Art Guild’s annual Art in the Garden Tour. There were eight homes in Encinitas and Carlsbad on the tour and there were 6-8 artist’s at each location. I was so fortunate to be at the home of Holly Ripkin with […]

SAMA Conference 2017

The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) conference was in Detroit this year May 2-6. For the first time ever, I didn’t take any workshops but instead I was a vendor at the, always popular, vendor marketplace. I brought lots of pre cut wedi board shapes as well as handmade tiles. They were a big […]

A Tour of Anado McLauchlin’s Studio and Home

I just returned from five days in San Miguel de Allende. What a beautiful and fun city! The trip was fabulous and one of the highlights was visiting Anado McLauchlin. He’s a mosaic and assemblage artist and has an amazing compound in the country outside San Miguel that includes his home, studio, and two galleries. […]

Tuesday Morning Classes in the Studio

Tuesday morning classes have been super fun lately. Everyone is working on a different project and students are all learning from each other. It’s a relaxed and therapeutic time for us all. Some of the skills being taught are: different types of substrates and when to use them, which adhesives to use, ways to hang […]

A Week With the Italian Master Giulio Menossi

What an experience! I was so fortunate and happy to have had the opportunity to attend a workshop at Casa Valencia in Tijuana, February 2-11, with Italian Master mosaicist, Guilio Menossi. His talent and gentle teaching style amazed me! I have watched and appreciated his work for years, and was so lucky to have seen […]