SAMA San Diego!

Before I post the news from the SAMA ( Society of American Mosaic Artist) conference, I am excited to invite you to my first annual “boutique” workshop:

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Hello friends!
After much delay, I am finally ready to host my first annual “boutique” home/studio two-day workshop called Transformation: Tin and Polymer Shrines. 
 WHERE: Laurie Mika’s Home-Encinitas, CA 
WHEN: October 8&9, 2016
HOURS: 9:30-4:30
INCLUDED: All supplies (including tin shrine and clay) except personal doo-dads to make it your own. 
Coffee in the morning, lunch, and wine, beer or margaritas after class!
A studio/home tour 
COST: $395.00-small group setting: limited to 10 people.
RSVP: Please email me (Laurie@mikaarts.com) as soon as possible and I will send further info about sending a check to hold your space! (first come-first serve!)
Ok…and now onto SAMA!
The conference was held at the Hyatt Mission Bay and the MAI (Mosaic Arts International) exhibition was held at the Women’s Museum in Liberty Station. So nice to have the event close to home.

Dropping my piece, Portals, off at the Museum.

Dropping my piece, Portals, off at the Museum.

IMG_2690This was the crew getting ready to hang the show at the Women’s Museum of California. So many beautiful mosaics had arrived and were just waiting to be hung! There was a reception before the show officially opened and it was fun to see everything hanging. It will run through most of May and I would encourage you to check it out!IMG_2736IMG_2732IMG_2733

I started off the week teaching two workshops called Mosaic Mandalas. It was the first time that I had taught this class and I was so amazed by the beautiful mandalas that students created. Being a mosaic conference, I had a lot of people new to clay in my classes which is always fun.

 

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The proof is in the pudding!

Love them all together!

Love them all together!

A terrific group!

A terrific group!

The second day I taught the same class but had a smaller group and that was fun!IMG_5998IMG_6001

On the third day I took a class with Sharra Frank….my mosaic buddy from Minneapolis! Love her work and was excited to learn some techniques for creating small, lightweight substrates.
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It was also nice meeting her assistant, Theresa Green, a mosaic artist from Rancho Bernardo who co-owns Icarus Creative Arts. I will definitely have to visit there one of these days!IMG_6039IMG_6035

Wish I had taken some pictures of the wonderful substrates that were created….if you get the chance to sign up for this class, you should!

The next two days were devoted to presentations and panel discussions. (My buddy, Katherine England led a panel discussion about pricing mosaics and gave a presentation about school kids creating mosaics.) Way to go Katherine! This was the educational portion of the conference and it is always so enlightening, even if I am not a traditional mosaic artist! The vendor show is always a treat too!

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The keynote speaker for this year’s conference was Bernice Steinbaum, a well-known New York gallery owner and dealer who is an advocate for women and minority artists. A film called “Bernice” was made about her life working with these artists, most of whom went on to achieve a great deal of success as artists. This film was shared during her keynote address and I was lucky enough to be able to chat with her afterwards!

The wonderful and styling, Bernice!

The wonderful and styling, Bernice!

 

Always time to have a yummy dinner with artist friends like Judy Davis, Jeannie Houston-Antes, Tim Stassines and Sharra Frank.

Grabbed a quick bite of Mexican food for the out of towners! And a couple of small margaritas!

Grabbed a quick bite of Mexican food for the out of towners! And a couple of small margaritas!

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On the last night, everyone visited the Women’s Museum to view the exhibition and Casa Valencia next door that hosted the Mosaic Master’s Invitational. The lovely Aida Valencia who is known for promoting cross-border arts and artists opened her gallery Friday night so that we could see some of these amazing pieces on display.

Irina Charny

Irina Charny

 

Niki de St. Phalle

Niki de St. Phalle

 

Irina Charny

Irina Charny

 

Jeanann Dabb

Jeanann Dabb

 

Lynne Chinn

Lynne Chinn

Liberty Station has so many wonderful art studios and a few of us went with Laura Becker Downey to see the Bravo School of Art that she operates. It is a wonderful space to take a variety of classes!IMG_6067

Jeannie and Lauren

Jeannie and Lauren

At the end of the night we all met up at Stone Brewing to have our closing night party. It was a wonderful way to conclude another successful SAMA conference. Thanks to the many people like Dawnmarie and Chris who spent countless hours making it happen!

Jeannie and Erin

Jeannie and Erin

 

IMG_6069                                       Dancing the night away! 

 

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