Mosaic News & Activities
Susan Judy shares her enthusiasm for mosaic art
On February 16th, 2023, CMA artist Susan Judy gave 25 students at the Colorado School of Mines Art Club a hands-on workshop in mosaic materials. She opened with a talk about “Becoming a Stone Mosaicist; From exploring the earth to exploring the mind” …a personal statement of how she, as a trained geologist, combined her knowledge about the earth with a developing skill in the ancient art of mosaics to create powerful images using rock and stone.
Then came an “Introduction to Tumbled Stone Mosaics with Colored Mortar” which encouraged the student artists to experiment by creating something using the same materials and processes she herself uses.
Lily Abourzek, student artist, said "Everyone had a blast. We should do it again in the future!"
The workshop was held at the Foothills Art Center in Golden at the suggestion of Maura Adamson, Educational Director.
Here are photos of Annette's recent work:
- Pinball Wizard, Old Town Scottsdale AZ
- Lasley Park, Lakewood CO
- Mad Jack, Western Colorado University,
- Aurora Borealis, Mesa University,
Grand Junction CO
Healing from the Ashes, a CMA Pro-Bono Project
Click below for the advance video
The tragic loss and devastation of the Marshall Fire December, 2021, brought Colorado Mosaic Artists together for a free mosaic-making workshop for fire survivors. Bringing small physical memories to Christ the Servant Lutheran Church on Friday and Saturday, August 19th & 20th, they fouund experienced CMA artists providing free materials and help with design, gluing and assembly of a personal piece of mosaic art.
Mitchell Byars with the Boulder Daily Camera reported that Cynthia Wallace was able to use remnants of a coin collection her father had left her to create a lasting mosaic memory. Claudia Heaphy, one of many CMA artists at the two workshops, helped with the project.
Click here to see how the workshops
Kathy Thaden's Mosaic
Wins International Attention
Kathy Thaden’s mosaic, Calm over Chaos, was one of 54 works chosen from hundreds of artists in the United States, Australia, Canada, Greece, Spain and the United Kingdom for display in a virtual exhibition designed by SAMA Executive Director, Dawnmarie Zimmerman. 2021 Mosaic Arts International provides an intimate viewing experience with large images and statements from each artist.
"Seeking calm in a year that was anything but, the solace of creating in my safe and quiet home studio was a blessing. It is important to me in our 'throw-away' culture to reinvent discarded items and scrap glass into sacred art formed in prayer - finding beauty in the brokenness - letting nothing be wasted. It was this mindset that led me to put to creative use the many broken dishes gifted to me over the years. The calm, center whites are slightly elevated, rising above the surrounding turmoil."
Kathy is recognized for her skill as an arts mentor and teacher of mosaic technique. In April, she will be teaching an online class on "andamento." The class will be FREE to all CMA members! For more information, click below:
Jane Glotzer's Bear
Is A Show Favorite!
Jane Glotzer was one of only 15 artists accepted out of 150 entries to compete in a bear sculpture competition for the holidays. “Chautauqua Winter Fest Bears” which can be viewed at 900 Baseline Rd. in Boulder. Not only was Jane accepted, she won First Place for her mirror-coated bear!
Jane recently participated in a group show at Boulder’s R Gallery that ended December 13th. Though her website name starts with “PlainJane…” her re-invention of discarded items proves she’s anything but plain.
“I have always been a crafter and maker of things. At this point in my life I am in my sixth or seventh incarnation, having been a second-grade teacher, a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer, a mother of two now-grown sons, a preschool teacher, a furniture painter and re-upholsterer, an interior designer, a children’s theater teacher and a visual stylist and merchandiser before becoming a full-time working artist.”
Annette Coleman Earns First Place Honors
Annette has been honored as a First Place award winner in the ART2C 2020-2022 competition in Aurora. She tied for first place with David Farquharson and his sculpture.
She says her tall “Rock Candy” sculpture is based on a childhood memory of going to a candy store with her grandmother in Denver. Penny candy was then 2 or 3 pieces for a penny so you could literally get sick on 25 cents worth. The rock candy in the glass case was beautiful and alluring but would take up most of my quarter. I decided to buy it but saved it for a longtime before I ate it because of the beauty of the crystals. I have to admit I was disappointed in the candy’s taste (it is, after all, just sugar) so I never bought it again, but this memory stayed with me and thus Rock Candy supersized was born. Now, I can take the prize money and really get sick on chocolate truffles instead!
Public art descriptions helped the selection committee understand each proposed sculpture. Here’s how Annette described Rock Candy: “Solar LED lights bring nightly delight to the sparkle of this stained-glass mosaic sculpture. Depth is created by layers of shapes with an overlay of cement for strength. Add stained glass contrasting with the patina on the base for a wonderful juxtaposition, all designed to withstand Colorado’s weather.”
Rock Candy is at 1301 South Havana Street, Aurora CO
August 4 - September 13, 2020
“Eleven Remnants” is an abstract mirror mosaic Created by CMA artist Delcia Litt was accepted to the “Meaning in Abstraction” Show and is currently on exhibit at “R Gallery” in Boulder.
You can visit the gallery or shop online.