Bill Buckingham’s departure from this world has left a giant void in the hearts of his circle of family and friends. His vibrant enthusiasm, expressed in word and deed, has impacted numerous organizations and thousands of individuals. And that enthusiasm will continue to reverberate. Bill’s dedication to the art of mosaic took a great range of enduring forms.
He created the Mosaic Atlas (now maintained by John O’Brien) allowing a world-wide community of mosaic artists and enthusiasts to share their creations and discoveries.
Mosaics New England was an outstanding show that Bill and Margaret Ryan initiated and curated and Mosaic Rocks sponsored in 2007 and 2009.
Michael Welch, Lynne Chinn & Bill Buckingham with Karen Dimit’s “Medusa”
A Commonwealth of Massachusetts award (below) for his co-creation of a mosaic exhibition in Somerville, MA certainly captures Bill’s contributions to the entire community of mosaics – and beyond.
Bill, Margaret Ryan and Sophie Drouin at Mosaic Voices
In that spirit, Nancie and Michael have just created an album for the community in which any and all can upload their comments and artworks made with materials sourced from Mosaic Rocks. As Nancie writes on the Mosaic Art Now blog, Voila! a Facebook Group entitled “Pieces of Bill.” Think of it as the Mosaic Rocks! Virtual Exhibition. Here’s the link.
We love you, Bill. We embrace you, Michael and Nancie. We share your tears, which are mixed with the memory of Bill’s laughter. His irrepressible spirit can again soar unencumbered by physical burdens.
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Somerville Museum, Somerville MA Bill Buckingham, Margaret Ryan, Evelyn Battinelli (director of the Somerville Museum), and Denise Provost (State Representative) The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The House of Representatives
Be it hereby known to all that:
The Massachusetts House of Representatives
offers its sincerest congratulations to:
Your outstanding contribution to the City of Somerville through your role as curator of the Art of Mosaic exhibit at the Somerville Museum. Your efforts to publicize this beautiful exhibit and to involve students and members of the community were extraordinary. Your community joins me in expressing our most sincere appreciation for your contributions to our great city.
The entire membership extends its very best wishes and expresses the hope for future good fortune and continued success in all endeavors.
Give this 6th day of October, 2007
at the State House, Boston, Massachusetts
by: Salvatore F. DiMasi
Speaker of the House
Offered by: Denise Provost