Mystic, CT . . . . “ART IN PIECES” is a contemporary mosaic exhibition of works created by nationally and internationally acclaimed mosaic artists from across the US as well as Serbia, Australia, Morocco and Canada. This will be an unusual celebration of an ancient art form that dates back thousands of years and is enjoying resurgence in popularity today. The style of work has changed considerably but the methods, language and tools are of ancient heritage. The exhibition will be the first of its kind at the Mystic Arts Center and for Southeastern Connecticut. 50 pieces by 40 artists have been selected to be on display. These art works were chosen to convey the breadth and depth of work currently being created on the mosaic frontier.
So begins the press release we received from Deb Aldo of Pietre Dure Designs about the exhibit she has organized to run October 1 through November 13th in the beautiful Mystic Arts Center. Part invitational, part juried exhibit this is a strong collection of works from some of today’s leading contemporary mosaic artists.
Below are some works from the show that were designated as Jurors’ Favorites by the selection committee consisting of Curator and Exhibit Chair Deb Aldo, Juror of Note Jo Braun, Co-Chair and MAC Faculty Member Gwen Basilica, MAC Executive Director Karen Barthelson, and local artist Alison Ives.
Let’s get back to Rachel Sager’s Eclypsis
There is much to explore in this work. An eclectic and thoughtful group of materials weave, collide, fill and divide a number of different planes.
My work continues to explore the spaces where Industry and Nature meet. The city of Pittsburgh, my hometown, has stamped it’s mark on me, and my work reflects the gritty mills, forges, and mines of. What lies beneath, geology in particular, has always fascinated me, and mosaic as a medium enables me to represent those images in an accessible and creative way. What better material to represent the earth than with stone? I weave together disparate materials: wood, metal, stone, and glass, until they begin to be stronger joined than they were apart.
MAC has also scheduled several education events in conjunction with Art in Pieces. Among them are:
Thursday, October 7
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Mosaic Demonstration with Gwen Basilica
Thursday, November 4
6:30 – 7:30PM
Durable, Colorful, Whimsical Lecture with Dr. Kathleen Coleman
Thursday, October 14
6:15 – 7:45 pm
Be a ROCK STAR with Deb Aldo
Master Class in Pebble Mosaics
Saturday and Sunday, November 13 & 14
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Art in Pieces
October 1 through November 13, 2010 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Mystic Arts Center
9 Water Street, Mystic, CT