Mosaic Demonstration at the San Diego County Fair

On July 3, I enjoyed demonstrating mosaics in front of the Fine Arts Building at the San Diego County Fair. This was a really interesting and fun new experience for me.  I had four hours and was given a table with a mirror above it which allowed the audience to see my hands while I was working. There were so many questions asked about the process and the materials, and one couple sat for two hours chatting with me so that they could see the entire process of mosaicing the seahorse from start to finish. When I was mosaicing the dragonfly, I had a young boy come up and stand right in front of me to watch, and then he assisted for probably forty five minutes. He was so interested and he did a wonderful job. It made him so happy to learn how to cut the glass and then set the pieces on the sticky mesh and he stayed until he had completed all the gold around the outside of the dragonfly wings.

I hope they will give me the opportunity to demonstrate again next year. I love sharing my love of mosaics with the world!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 gift shop). The others, three of my sculptural “flowers” (mandalas), provide bright splashes of color down in the Hamilton Children’s Garden. The opening reception was a lovely brunch and a presentation by the CEO Julian Duval, and the curator of the show, Naomi Nussbaum.      Here is a link to the garden’s website and a map of the locations of the sculptures in the garden:     http://sdbgarden.org/sculpture.htm

And here are a few photos of the show.

A group shot of the artists in attendance.

My mandala up in the plant shop. It’s a perfect location. The photographer for the Encinitas Weekly grabbed me for a photo for the newspaper. 

Explaining my work to attendees who were on a tour of the sculptures.

A closeup of one of my mandala flowers in the show.

 

My husband, Mark’s dragonfly that is in the show.

 

 

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 quite a spectacular show as there were 103 sculptures. What a perfect setting for the amazing art selected!

I stayed for the opening reception June 17th and several of our friends were able to attend. It was a fun event in spite of the 103 degree temperatures. What crazy weather. The week prior it had been 30 degrees cooler.

You can read more about the show here on the Garden’s website. http://www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/2017SculptureShow.html

And here are some photos of my work, my husband’s work, our friends, and some of the other sculptures. Enjoy!

 

My dear friend Kendall Butler attended the opening.

My husband, Mark, and my dear friend, Leslie Meehan. Mark has two dragonfly sculptures in the show.

 

Awesome chicken!

I love this totem.

Beautifully executed mosaic pillow.

 

 

 

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 a prime spot by the pool with a gorgeous view of her pool, garden, and the mountains in the distance. This tour has been going on for years and was very well attended. I am happy to say that I had a very successful weekend.

Here are some photos.

The artists

Our wonderful host, Holly.

The garden setting for my work.

The view I had all weekend.

Eileen with her newly purchased mandala.

Annette and Evan Friend with their new mirror.

 

I’m really looking forward to next year!

 

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 hit and I almost sold out. One of the best parts was sharing the booth with Ilse Cordoni who is the former owner of the Institute of Mosaic Art. We had such a great time getting to know each other and she was a huge help.

Part of one day I spent touring Detroit on their “people mover”. The Detroit Institute of Arts was a highlight. The largest mural Diego Rivera ever created is there and it spans four walls of an atrium in the museum. It was phenomenal. This is just one wall of it.

 

The ever popular Mosaic Arts International Show was outstanding as always. Here are some of my favorite pieces from the show.

 

If you are interested in SAMA, go to their website at www.americanmosaics.org and check it out. Next year the conference is in Boston. Can’t wait!

Life Sometimes Throws You a Curve Ball

img_8959Last weekend I was showing my artwork at a local event here in Rancho Bernardo. With the help of my friends Kim Willing and Pam Jara, and my husband Mark, we got everything all perfectly set up and ready on Friday afternoon. Early Saturday morning we got a call from the owner of the gallery. “There’s been an accident. And it’s not good.” she said. One of the other artists had apparently lost control of her car when she was parking and ran into the side of my booth, knocking the entire thing down. I was so shocked! I have heard of wind taking out a booth and causing huge losses for an artist, but never a freak accident like this. I actually thought to myself, “Well this could be a really good sales day for me.” I kind of starting laughing actually. How does this even happen?

Well, we hurriedly got ourselves ready and headed out the door to go see how much damage there was. It was extensive- not only broken artwork, but damage to my display. We spent the next couple of hours cleaning up everything and getting the tables and the display walls set back up. Needless to say, my sales were down for the show as I had such a reduced inventory. However, the good news is, I submitted a claim to her insurance company and when I woke up this morning I had an email letting me know that a check had already been sent. That certainly made for a happy ending to my story!img_8960