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Dear Friends of MAN,
When Bill Buckingham asked me to join him and his partner, Michael Welch, in producing a magazine called Mosaic Art NOW in 2008, I had no idea that my “yes” would be the beginning of a 7-year love affair with artists from around the world.
The goal of Mosaic Art NOW (MAN) has always been to inspire, promote and publicize the work of great mosaic artists. From its beginnings as an annual magazine that sold 2,000 copies, MAN morphed into a website with over 150,000 pages accessed a year, a Newsletter with over 5,500 subscribers and a Facebook page with over 22,000 followers. Oh – and then there is all that Twitter and Pinterest stuff. Wowza.
In building MAN, I have had the great good fortune to be supported by a generous group of artists, writers and scholars. Because of them, mosaicartnow.com now has a huge and eclectic body of content that respectfully and professionally represents the best in mosaic art. Nobody got paid, except with my sincere and eternal gratitude.
Many of you supported MAN financially with annual Subscriptions and Donations via PayPal. You should know that every dime you sent felt like a giant “atta girl” and often came at times when I really needed the encouragement.
And LATICRETE – those lovely people who support mosaic artists and organizations with terrific products and crucial donations – when what the mosaic community buys from them probably constitutes just one skinteenth of their annual sales – they’ve been financially supportive of MAN as well.
You’ve probably guessed by now that the preceding was a build up to some sort of change at MAN . . . so here ‘tis.
I am going to stop creating new content for MAN. The website will live on for at least a year as will the Facebook page, but both will become more archive than periodical. I will be beefing up the Pinterest account with photos from the website and will continue to maintain MANTV on YouTube, but the Newsletter will also be no more.
It is time for me to do other things. Time to get out into the garden. Time to get out from behind the computer. Time to maybe make a few mosaics. Time to pet the ever-patient husband and doople. To everything there is a season and for me the Season of MAN is over.
If I have any regrets, it is that I have not been as successful as I would have liked in engaging the interest of influencers from the art and design worlds in our beloved medium. This is, I believe, mosaic’s greatest challenge. Just doing the work and sharing it amongst ourselves is simply not enough to create a world where great mosaic artists can receive the attention they deserve and then build the careers that will sustain them. I wish I had been a better publicist.
And then there all of those extraordinary artists whose work should be on the website and is not. Yes, their absence on the website definitely constitutes a second regret.
I expect severe withdrawals in the next few weeks, but have to admit that the idea of an inbox without 10 Google Search Alerts to wade through (do you have ANY idea of how many ways the word “mosaic” is used these days???) every morning sounds like heaven.
Be forewarned – I am not disappearing from the mosaic scene. I am still imminently available for foreign intrigue, exhibit openings with free food, challenging curating gigs or any opportunity to offer an opinion – of which I am always in great supply. A housekeeping note: if If you are one of the terrific human beings who Subscribed to MAN via PayPal, please go to that website and delete MAN from your autopay schedule.
I have no idea of how to say thank you, dear Friends of MAN, except to do just that. You have and always will have a very large chunk of my heart.
Class dismissed. Now, go make art!
Nancie Mills Pipgras