Monday, May 12, 2014

June 11th Guild Meeting

The Guild’s last meeting before our summer break is coming up on June 11th at Rachel Arnston’s home. All the pertinent information is below. Rachel will share with us how she has hosted several mosaic parties and in the process opened up mosaic art to many of her friends and family. Social time starts at 6:30. From Rachel- My phones are: cell 612-834-9001 and home 763-420-3050. My address to put in the invitation should be 19203 81st Place North, Corcoran, MN 55311. Do not put Maple Grove even though that is our mailing address. GPS does not send people to the right place when we use Maple Grove. Go figure. We are in the upper northwest quadrant of the Twin Cities. From the south get to 494 going north and take the Bass Lake Road-Cty Rd. 10 exit. (From the east or north, take 696 west, then 494 south, and take the Bass Lake Road-Cty Rd 10 exit. Go west on Bass Lake Road about 3 1/2 miles. Turn right (north) on Highway 101. Pass Rush Creek Golf Course, then turn left on 82nd Place North. Take an immediate left again on 81st Place North. Drive to the back of the development where the gravel starts. we are on the left in the dense woods. Our mail box has flames on it. (My hubby's a car guy.) Thank you Rachel for the directions and tips. I will have the post cards for the Edina show to pass out. If you have not picked up a supply at the Edina Art Center you will be able to get a stack at the meeting. The cards look great; Judy Sell has come through for us again. Thank you Judy! It would be very helpful if I could get a list of the mosaics each member is planning on bringing for this show. You can email the information to me or bring your list to the June meeting. Please include the size of each piece. This will help me to determine if we will have enough art or need to ask for more. If you have a piece that will be hung in a window please make a note of that too. The break area at the art center has a large wall of shelving and three dimensional pieces could go there. I hope that as many artists as possible will bring their 8” x 8” pieces for this show. Two years ago we had the squares for the Haiti quilt on the wall that you see when you first enter the gallery. I would like to hang the 8 x 8’s as a grouping there. A few of the 8 x 8 pieces sold at the Stillwater galley and I think that they hit an affordable price point. If anyone has anything to add to this please feel free to email me and or the group. Regards, Trudy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 2014 Meeting: Notes after our meeting

Pick up at Stillwater- Anytime on or after April 15th. Pieces will be in the Framing room. You will need to package them up and then check out at the front desk before you leave. Mandi has saved any wrapping that you had on the pieces.

Edina Show-
Receiving mosaics Monday June 23rd. 11:00 to 7:00 pm

Jo Shaddy and Micah Bach Kinder will be at Edina Art Center checking in your mosaics during the day and Rachel Arnston will be at the center from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Jo and Micah please coordinate your time slots.

Please put a tag on the front of each mosaic with name and title. This will allow the person at the center to add the title plates (without needing to take each piece off the wall) once all the art is hung.

Hanging  art on Tuesday and Wednesday the 24th and 25th. Janine Irisarri, Barb Steen and Trudy Vrchota will hang the mosaics. Jo Shaddy, Carol Harwood and Rachel Arnston will help if needed.

Food for opening on June 26 from 5:00 to 8:00
  • Small bottles of water for beverage- Barb Napiwocki will bring them to the center.
  • Strawberries and possibly small cream puffs, Barb Steen will take care of those items.
  • Cheese platters, meat and crackers, Trudy Vrchota will bring.
  • Clean up- All please stay to pitch in at the end.

Powderhorn Park Event- Saturday Aug. 2nd. 10 to 6:00 but set up about 8:30.

Barb Napiwocki, Rachel Arnston, Micah Bach Kinder, Laura Lee and Trudy Vrchota have agreed to be at the show . Micah and Trudy to start at 10:00.

Micah is providing a tent and tables and Trudy a screen to hang mosaics.

If anyone else wants to work please let me know. The advantage to working the show is that you can have some of your mosaics displayed and you can give out your business cards if you would like to. We will also give out cards and info on the guild. We will need to demonstrate how we make our mosaics during the entire day.

Bloomington Art Center submittal- Rebecca has sent that in, I believe the list comes out in May

State Fair Art Submission
I have forwarded an email with info on how to enter. Rachel Arnston will be sending out information to enter your art at the Arts and Crafts building as another option. There is no judging for this option.

Jo thank you for hosting. It was a wonderful night and you have a fabulous studio.

Next meeting will be June 11th at Rachel Arnston’s home.

Regards all,

Monday, March 17, 2014

Judy Sell "Apron Strings"

A collection of mosaic aprons created by Judy Sell.

In this collection of life size mosaic aprons, I use old dishes to create fabric-like patterns. Look closer and discover hidden messages, which are universal to mothers, some encourage, some nag. Each mosaic has real fabric ties from a vintage apron.

Artist Statement:
I create mosaics from household crockery and other pieces of nostalgia.
My hope is to honor the past with art for the present.

As a child, I collected tiny trinkets from people, places, and events to help me remember that place in time. Throughout my life I have found comfort in revisiting these treasured shoeboxes filled with memorable keepsakes.

In 1989 I saw a picture of an early 20th century Memory Jar. Looking closely I saw jewelry, pieces of china, and hardware included in this tribute. Mind blown, I began experimenting on my own by applying tiny objects to jugs, soon I became a found-object mosaic artist.

Today I explore THE APRON, created in mosaic. The apron, a symbol for womanhood,
protected my clothes as well as my heart as a mother. I feel feminine and professional
while wearing an apron in the kitchen and in my studio.

Show runs March 13 - April 19
Mosaic On A Stick
1564 Lafond Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

MMG Meeting - April 9th

Mosaic Guild Meeting – April 9th

This is a reminder that our next Mosaic Guild meeting will be on April 9th at Jo Shaddy’s house. Her address is 11896 Dunhill Rd. in Eden Prairie and the zip is 55344. Her phone number is 952-250-4541. Jo has purchased a Taurus 3 ring saw. She will demonstrate it for us. She will also share some of the other tools she uses to create her beautiful, detailed mosaics.

We will start (social time) at 6:30 and the meeting at 7:00.

If you have not been to the Stillwater show I hope you can get there soon and see all the great work that our members have done. Thank you to Laura Lee, Judy Sell, Rachel Arnston and Barb Steen for bringing treats and thank you Gil for putting together food trays. I hope I did not forget anyone. Thank you Mandi for hanging all of our mosaics so beautifully.

Congratulations to Laura Lee on selling one of her mosaics.



Thursday, January 16, 2014

February 2014 Meeting Information

This is a reminder to Mosaic Guild members and anyone that may be interested in checking out The Minnesota Mosaic Guild that our next meeting is February 12th. It will be at my home and the address is 6943 Sand Ridge Rd. Eden Prairie 55346.

We will discuss the upcoming show at the 310 Gallery in Stillwater. I have event related post cards to give out so I hope many members can make the meeting.

If you have had time to create a new 8” x 8” mosaic with the theme of love.  Please bring that with you. We can each share what our inspiration was for our project.  I hope that we will have enough 8” x 8” pieces to display together at the 310 Gallery. Please make sure you have hanging wire on the back of your mosaic.

We can also review the dates for the June show at the Edina Art Center and we have an opportunity to do some community volunteer work that we can discuss.

This will be a good time to discuss any other projects, mosaic shows, or any ideas that you have for the Guild.

See you in February,

Best Regards,


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

It would have helped if I stated the date of the Goddess opening.

Here's all the info:

Goddess Show Opening/Reception
Thursday January 16
7:00-9:00 PM
Corner of Lafond and Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul

Hope to see you there.