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:
This 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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!