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News Re: Ilana Shafir, Gary Drostle and MAN 2011

On 23, Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | In Uncategorized | By man-admin

Ilana Shafir Exhibits in Philadelphia

Exhibit postcard
Correction:  Ms. Shafir’s talk at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is this FRIDAY, MARCH 4th!

If you are anywhere near Philadelphia, PA between February 25th and May 1st – RUN – Do Not Walk – to see the wondrous mosaics of Ilana Shafir on view at Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Gardens.

Better yet, make plans to hear this inspiring, energetic, 86 year old woman lecture on her work on March 6th between 6 and 8 PM.  We have been told by many of her students that Ms. Shafir’s words and teachings have changed their lives.

We had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Shafir and her daughter, Leah Zahavi, at the Society of American Mosaic Artists conference last week.  Ms. Zahavi is a talented artist herself who works in both ceramics and textiles.

MAN Publisher Michael Welch, Artist Lynne Chinn and Ilana Shafir

Ms. Shafir was selected as one of Mosaic Art NOW’s Exhibition in Print 2011 (sponsored by LATICRETE) by artists by Emma Biggs and Matthew Collings who referred to her work as “magical.”

Hanging Gardens   24.8 x 47.24 x 2 in.  
Hand-made ceramic pieces, ceramic fragments pottery shards, natural and cut stones, pebbles and shells.
(Photography by Giora Shafir)


From Ms. Shafir’s Artist Statement in the 2011 edition of our magazine:

I try to express something beyond the mundane and the decorative and to create a fusion of elements that will touch the viewer and express something that can be said in no other way.

We can only imagine how powerful a visual experience it would be to see Ms. Shafir’s work amidst Isaiah Zagar’s brilliance.  Details on the exhibit and events are below.

When:  Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1022-24 South Street, Philadelphia PA
When:  February 25 – May 1
Cost:  Adults $5, Youth 6-12 years $2, Kids 5 and under free

Ilana Shafir’s website:
Leah Zahavi’s website:
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens:

Drostle Wins Major Tile Industry Award

 (Photo by Dr. Lea VanderVelde)

We just received word yesterday that Gary Drostle has been declared the winner of the 2011 TileLetter Award given by the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA).  His masterwork, River of Life (above), won the award for best Commercial Mosaic/Glass project.  Drostle will receive his award at NTCA’s awards ceremony accompanying their mega-show “Coverings” in Las Vegas March 16th.

 Drostle in his London studio.
(Photo by Julie Richey)

With the help of MAN correspondent Julie Richey, we followed this installation at the University of Iowa’s Wellness Center on the MAN blog here, herehere, here, and here.  Ms. Richey has also written a feature article on River Of Life for the 2011 edition of MAN the magazine.

Mr. Drostle’s website:

MAN 2011 Coming Soon!

The 2011 edition of Mosaic Art NOW debuted at the SAMA conference last week and met with  wonderfully warm response for which we are very grateful.  We are now hard at work making the internet magic happen to make it available for sale on the web.   As soon as all systems are “Go!” we will let you know.  Thank you for your patience.

Enjoy –– Nancie

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  1. Nancie Mills Pipgras

    You're right, Maureen. These are two artists at the top of their game. So different from one another yet you can see that they are speaking the same language — mosaic.

  2. Maureen

    Wow! Exquisite work from both Shair and Drostle.