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.
This piece, “Pressure Ridge” is 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.