Saturday, August 16, 2014


Dear Guild Members -

     On Wednesday, September 10th, Bridging will be holding an event at the Ford Center. It will be a silent auction to raise money for Bridging. This is only their second year holding this event. Several members have made art from donated furniture that Bridging had at their facility. Rachel Arnston has created a mosaic chair. Mimi Leminh has done a mosaic on a table with a shelf, Julie Reeve has adorned a lamp, and Laura Lee has also done a mosaic top on a table. Trudy Vrchota and Janine Irisarri have teamed up and made a table into a Parcheesi game board.

I hope some of you will come to the Bridging event.
Julie Reeve

Rachel Arnston
Mimi Leminh

Laura Lee
Trudy Vrchota & Janine Irisarri

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Guild Members- 

This is the invitation to the Silent Auction for Bridging. Several of us have made art from used furniture that was available to select from at the Bridging warehouse. Pictures of these  pieces will be posted on the blog soon. Please think about coming to this event. It should be fun. I understand that they have a limited amount of tickets available.

Registration ends, Monday, September 8, 2014

For event updates, a sneak preview of auction items, and a behind-the-scenes look at the amazing venue, visit the Chairs with Flair website
For Ford Center directions and parking information click here.

Saturday, August 9, 2014


The Mosaic Guild was represented at the Powderhorn Park Art Fair on August 2nd. We were one of two guilds that were asked to participate in the show. We had a lot of activity at our tent and I think we made some excellent connections with people who were interested in joining the guild or taking lessons. We hope to see some of them at our first meeting (after the summer break) at Mosaic on a Stick. Our meeting night moved to Wednesday the 17th.

Thank you to all who participated and made it a great event.



Monday, August 4, 2014


Hi Guild Members,

FRIENDLY REMINDER - the date for our meeting has to be changed from the second Wednesday of the month to the third Wednesday.   

The meeting will be on September 17th at Mosaic on a Stick at 1564 Lafond Ave. St. Paul, 55104.  Phone # is 651-645-6600. We start at 6:30pm for social time and 7:00pm for  the meeting. We are asking anyone who would like to share to bring a mosaic piece to show and explain the inspiration for that particular mosaic. We will discuss items for the upcoming show that opens later in September. Mosaics for the show should be dropped off no later than that night.

Thanks and see you there!

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