CMA2 Summer Showcase 2021

This is a free event for all. Register now by clicking the link, below, for the Virtual Opening Reception

July 24 at 5 PM to 7PM EDT

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This International spectrum of artists hail from Europe, USA & Australia. This invitational exhibition features ten mosaic and ceramic artists who are members of the Ceramic and Mosaic Art 2 (CMA2) website. These ten artists were chosen as their work demonstrates a mastery of subtlety, variety of materials, techniques, subjects, and work that pushes the edge of what is possible in this medium. The exhibition shows a diverse representation of contemporary mosaic art and is curated with thoughtfulness and experience. This is a free event, please invite friends, family, collectors and others.

France Garrido has, again, curated an impressive mosaic exhibition for CMA2. The exhibition shows a diverse representation of contemporary mosaic art and is curated with thoughtfulness and experience

Exhibiting artists: Dominique Annarelli ~ France; Sandi Burt ~ USA; Rebecca Campbell ~ USA; Jennifer Kuhns ~ USA; Paul Perry ~ Australia; Marijke Ros-Vis ~ Netherlands; Jane Russell ~ USA; Sabine Schüle ~ Germany; Barb Uhlenbruch ~ Australia; and Wasentha Young ~ USA.

From Canada

I am so excited to be participating in this exhibition in Paray-le-Monial, France in 2021.

This is the first time that a country from North America has been invited to exhibit mosaics in Europe.

This adventure began back in 2018 a fellow Canadian mosaic artist gave a presentation to the Conference for the International Association of Contemporary Mosaics on the subject of Canadian mosaics.

As a result of that, la Maison de la Mosaïque Contemporaine in Paray-le-Monial, France approached twelve Canadian mosaic artists with an invitation to exhibit there in the summer of 2020.

La Maison de la Mosaïque Contemporaine hosts some of the world’s most well known and important mosaic artists and international exhibitions annually.  

No one was prepared for the first summer of covid-19. With travel at a standstill and a world trying to adapt , it was decided that the exhibition would be postponed until the summer of 2021.

Support and sponsorship for this exhibition has been provided by a number of organizations  from both France and Canada.

For me personally, the following two organizations deserve special thanks.


The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, through it’s ArtsNL Professional Project Grants Program, has been instrumental in enabling me to participate in this event.





The City of St. John’s deserves recognition for the support that they provided as well. They were on board with the project from the very beginning.


This exhibition receives the support of the Canadian Cultural Center, the Regional Council of Burgundy, the Departmental Council of Saône-et-Loire, the community of commune of Grand Charolais and the city of Paray-le-Monial.

Pressure Ridge

This piece will be one of the pieces which will be shown there this summer. All of my pieces are on the subject of ice and how it affects our lives.

More on that to come.

Talamh-na-n-iasc

Translates to ‘The Land of the Fish’.  This was what Irish fishers called Newfoundland and Labrador.  They came across to work seasonally in the cod fishery. Then they began to settle permanently, much to the chagrin of the ruling English.

They experienced plenty of these out fishing.

The iceberg is a 3-d piece with mirror.  I find mirror very difficult to photograph.  Time to learn something new about photography!  The remainder of the piece is stained glass and smalti.

Talamh na n-iasc

Spring-Cape Spear

This doesn’t look very spring like but that’s the way it is here sometimes.  This is the most easterly point in North America.  The wave action had eroded many small bergy bits into round like objects and then pushed them up onto the shore. It made for a very interesting day.

Spring-Cape Spear

CAME 2017

I am very pleased to have two pieces accepted into this Canadian Mosaic Art Exhibition.  This is the first totally Canadian mosaic art exhibiton to be held in Canada.  This is so exciting.


Finbacks

Finbacks

Finbacks

Finback whales are the second larges species of whale on the planet.  Only blue whales are larger.  Finbacks have a very wide geographical distribution and are found in our waters off Newfoundland and Labrador.

In this piece I wanted to depict a rough sea, which offed quite a few challenges.  The ice pieces were made with a platter that I found at a home decor shop.  I knew that that would be difficult to cut up due to it’s undulating nature, but wanted to see if I could do something with it.  Those pieces make the whole thing 3 dimensional, since they are much thicker than the stained glass or smalti.

Winter’s Ascent

Winter's Ascent

Winter’s Ascent

I have been doing some experimenting with using both stained and clear glass on it’s edge.  I think that it can create some nice water and ice effects.  The plywood substrate has been underpainted with a very dilute blue colour so that the paint is absorbed into the wood rather than lying on top of it.  This piece is 11 x 14 inches.

Blue Flower

Blue Flower 24 x 24 in. Available.

Blue Flower 24 x 24 in. Available.

I wanted to challenge myself and use of inexpensive and unusual materials for this mosaic.  The entire flower has been made from those decorative glass gems which I have cut in a number of different ways.  The background is aquarium gravel.  There is also a bit of stained glass there for the stems.

This pieces is 24 x 24 in. ( 61 x 61 cm.).

Spilt

Spilt

Spilt

This was a very fun piece to work on.  I had some mugs lying around which I cut in half with a wet saw.  The buttons were also lying around and I always wanted to experiment with what I could do with them.  There are also some glass gems in there.

The piece is 12 x 16 in. ( ~30 x 40 cm.).

From Afar

From Afar

Living near the ocean, we are always seeing and hearing of stories of people who have either found a message in a bottle or have had one of their messages found on the other side of the Atlantic.  Sometimes it takes years before they are discovered.  They always make for interesting stories.  This inspired me to make this piece.

It is mostly vitreous and stained glass.  There is some smalti in there as well as some found objects.  The bottle has a message in it too, but I’m not saying what it is.

The pieces is 24 x 18 in. ( 61 x 46 cm.) and it is currently available.