October 29, 2017
Noon – 2:30 pm
GALLERY TWO & THREE:
Minnesota Mosaic Guild (Insta: @minnesotamosaicguild)
Established in 2004, the Minnesota Mosaic Guild (MMG) was formed to promote the art of mosaic, foster exploration and experimentation in the media, provide educational opportunities in mosaic, and share and celebrate the diversity of experience and knowledge in the media. MMG members emerge from a multitude of artistic backgrounds, including sculpture, art instruction, jewelry making, graphic design, and oil painting.
Many members have been active in community projects throughout the Twin Cities, artist residencies and workshops, mentoring of emerging artists, and promoting mosaic as a fine art. Several members are professional mosaicists whose work can be seen throughout the Twin Cities. Two include Mosaic on a Stick and J Ring Glass Studio, who serve as sponsors of MMG.
MMG has actively exhibited the mosaics of its members. In 2011 and 2014, the guild presented a highly successful exhibit at the Edina Art Center and Metropolitan State University. In 2012, MMG exhibited at Gallery 310 in Stillwater and in 2013 at the Hopkins Art Center. In April 2015, MMG displayed art pieces at the Maple Grove Art Center. In 2016, MMG had a repeat show at Metropolitan State University.
My sculptures tell stories from my own life and stories I collect from friends, family, and coworkers, as well as news stories that resonate with me. Through the process of carving and sculpting, I create a link for viewers to connect with these stories. In some way, I think my pieces connect strangers to each other, and provide a glimpse of a new way to see the world.”
A writer once referred to me as a visual raconteur because my paintings attempt to share with the viewer a unique story, a special place or feeling. My paintings often depict the everyday, the overlooked or the underappreciated, subjects I’ve always been attracted to, like the scene or genre painters of 100 years ago.”