Pro Bono Projects
Healing from the Ashes, a CMA Pro-Bono Project
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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.
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
Delcia Litt's mosaic at
"Meaning in Abstraction" exhibition
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.
interviewed about her career in mosaics for
"Art & Architecture" magazine
Fitzsimons Veterans Home (2020)
CMA completed two works with historic and patriot themes - "Mosaic Flag" and "Ghosts of the Great War" - for the veterans home in Aurora, Colorado. Marlea Taylor coordinated the project and both works were created in the first months of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic "lockdown." Materials were donated by CMA members and grout was donated by Laticrete. In mid-August the elements were assembled, framed and presented to the Fitzsimons Veterans Home for mounting in prominent locations within the home.
Though Covid has prevented any of us from seeing the pro-bono works we donated to the Veterans Community Center at Fitzsimons, their therapy director, Melissa, shared photos of the colorful brass plaques that thank us for the two large mosaics mounted on their walls. Everyone at the Center is gratified to see the works, knowing how they remind each passing vet of our gratitude for their service to the nation.
Collaborative Mural Project (2014)
CMA members completed "Bubble Hunt," a collaborative mural for the Children's Hospital in Aurora Colorado. It was approximately 24 1/2 square feet and the mosaic included of over 150 "bubbles", each a small work of art. Children's Hospital has also hosted several exhibitions in their Hamilton Gallery featuring CMA artists.
Seth's Social Center Mosaic (2013)
In 2013 members of Colorado Mosaic Artists, their friends and family members, worked together to create a 64 square foot floor mosaic that was transported and installed by 2 CMA Members and children from the
Touch a Life Foundation center in Ghana, West Africa.
CMA Helped Project Angel Heart (2012)
15 members of Colorado Mosaic Artists join forces to create a permanent mosaic quilt for Denver's Angel Heart. Angel Heart is a non-profit organization which provides nutritious meals to improve quality of life, at no cost, for those coping with life-threatening illness.
"Project Angel Heart was thrilled to have the support of the Colorado Mosaic Artists and was extremely pleased to have their artwork in the heart of our their new headquarters - an area they call Main Street. It connects the kitchen, which produces the meals they deliver to clients, with our distribution area, which oversees the effective packaging and routing of those meals. It is displayed prominently in an area that will be enjoyed by every visitor to our building, as well as volunteers and staff...a proud representation of their mission to serve nutritious meals, at no cost, to people living with life threatening illnesses."