One of my favorite activities is working with people, and helping those new to art find moments of self-discovery. The feelings of accomplishment, collaboration and confidence make for successful projects and strong communities.
Piece by Piece
I am happy to be a part of this program that brings mosaic art training to underserved areas of Los Angeles. Founded by Sophie Alpert, Piece by Piece builds both self-confidence and community pride by bringing people together to create mosaic art. Skills are taught through our certificate program; participants sell their individual works and collaborate on large-scale projects. I look forward to working with the participants, instructors and volunteers here every week and am inspired by their creativity and strength of spirit. Together, we have completed our first public art projects as well as several commissions. If you are interested in volunteering, please email me.
Visit our website: piecebypiece.org.
International Community Project - Flower Wall Garden
Last summer, we conceived a project to revitalize a neglected garden area behind Broadway Village II, a Piece by Piece mosaic workshop site. The project soon took on a life of its own, inspiring over 300 volunteers! Over 500 flowers were created by local participants, mosaic artists across the US, and 5 different countries. The flowers were composed and set onto two block walls, and the garden has since been planted by residents and volunteers. View the garden's progress here (photo gallery coming soon).
Ashland Nature Walk
I facilitated a Mosaicathon again this year at the 2nd annual Contemporary Mosaic Arts Summit in Ashland Oregon. Along with the help of new and experienced mosaic-loving friends, we created a dozen large stepping stones in 2 days. The walkway is for an organization that supports the preservation of the breathtaking scenery and native wildlife in Ashland and the surrounding area.