Monday, November 25, 2013
Pot Luck/ Tesserae Exchange Information – Holiday Party
The Guild’s holiday get together will be on December 11th at Beth Karjala’s home. Her address is 1700 Lexington Ave. South, Apartment 406, Lilydale, MN 55118.
Our party will start at 7:00 pm. There will be no formal meeting on the 11th.
Anyone who wants to mosaic some style of candle holder can do so. This can hold a pillar candle, a taper or a votive candle etc. If you do not have time to work on this project please come to the party anyway. We are making a game out of this by guessing which mosaic artist created each candle. I would ask each person to bring their candle in a brown grocery bag (plain if possible). Beth will have a place to drop them off and someone will get them set up as a centerpiece on the buffet table. We will have a prize for the person who has the most correct answers.
We will also have the annual tesserae exchange. Please bring a small bag or box of tesserae if you wish to be a part of the exchange.
Any questions please call Trudy at 952-975-0276.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
List of proposed Mosaic Guild Meetings for 2014
February 12th at Trudy Vrchota’s home - We will all bring a new 8” x 8” mosaic with the theme of Love. This will be fitting for two days before Valentine’s Day. Judy Sell suggested that we all contribute new 8x 8 pieces with a theme. The thought is that there will be cohesiveness when they are all displayed together at a show. These could be hung in the same location that the Haiti quilt had been displayed for the last Edina Art Center show. Hopefully this will give everyone enough time to get a new piece completed by Feb.
April 9th at Jo Shaddy’s home- Joe has a home studio where she teaches and she has purchased a saw that she has been using to cut detailed shapes. She will demonstrate how it works. Anyone who has a cool tool that they have been using can bring it to this meeting. Also if anyone has spent money on a tool and been disappointed in their results they could share their experience with us and maybe save us all from purchasing that tool.
June 11th at Rachel Arntson’s home- Rachel has had several mosaic parties at her home and will share how to host a mosaic party. We will also have a demonstration on wood burning. Rachel has combined wood burning and mosaics and the results have been beautiful and unique.
September 10th at Mosaic on a Stick- Show and Tell. Bring in a piece that you would like to share with the group and explain the inspiration behind the piece and any details that you wish to share in how you created the mosaic.
November 12th at Laura Lee’s home- Planning meeting for the following year.
December 10th at Beth Karjala’s home - for annual Pot Luck Dinner- Dinner and tesserae exchange.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Hello Guild members,
Please plan on attending this meeting if at all possible. It would be wonderful to get everyone’s ideas and input.
I have dates for the June show at the Edina Art Center. I stopped into the center this week and they have some new display cases that will work really well for three dimensional art. This is also a great facility to show case pieces that need to hang in the windows. I spoke with the general manager and he is encouraging us to use the front windows along with the windows in the gallery.
We will have a social time starting at 6:30 and the meeting will begin at 7:00.
Barb lives in Prior Lake and car pooling may be the best way to go. I live in Eden Prairie and would be happy to car pool from my home if anyone is interested.
Barb thought it would be best if people use Map Quest for directions.
The address is:5281 Shore Trail NE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
September 11th Meeting
The September Minnesota Mosaic Guild Meeting will be at Mosaic On a Stick’s new building. The address is 1564 Lafond Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104. We will meet at 6:30 PM for a social time, and 7:00 PM for the meeting. Please bring the mosaics that you plan to exhibit in the fall show. We will have an opportunity to share the inspiration for each piece and other interesting details that went into creating the mosaic.
The fall show will run September 29th to November 9th. The Artists Reception will be on Thursday October 3rd 7:00 to 9:00 PM. If you can not attend the meeting you can arrange with Lori Greene for dropping off your art pieces. Please remember to have the title and your name taped to the front of any art that you bring in.
Non members interested in learning more about the Minnesota Mosaic Guild are welcome to join us too.
I hope to see you there.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
June Mosaic Meeting
We had a great meeting at Susan’s house. Thank you Susan for all the good salads and bread. It was all wonderful and appreciated.
We had Verna Pitts, a professional photographer; give us some very good ideas on how to photograph our mosaic art pieces. She used some of our pieces, some with mirrors, some flat pieces and some three dimensional to show us a variety of ways to tackle the different types of art that we create.
It would be hard to adequately explain all the information but a couple of items that are easy to explain and have a large impact are using a couple of sheets of white poster board as a back drop if you want a white back
ground. She also had large pieces of a black velvet fabric that she used for most of the pictures. The black velvet made a very dramatic back ground giving nice contrast to most of the art she photographed.
Items that we discussed during the meeting are:
Susan has a person that she knows that may be able to find a place for the Haiti quilt to be installed (in Haiti). Susan will check with Danette to see if there would be money in the Guild account that could cover some of the expenses.
Lori Greene would like to have pictures of our art sent to her by the end of July. She will decide what images might be used for the September show post card.
Lori loves her new space and said that there is a lot more room to hang art and that there is window space for glass on glass pieces.
Iwill check with Lori to see if she wants members to have more then one piece for that show.
Lori asked me to also share with the group that Tara Nielson sold almost half her show on opening night. That is fantastic.
Gil had checked with the Phipps Gallery on a show for 2015. He said that there is such a small chance of that happening that we should look for some other place.
We did a little brain storming on other locations that might work well for a show but we really do not have a specific place that we are pursuing. If any one has any ideas please pursue them.
We have 2014 covered with a show at the Edina Art Center, one at the 310 Gallery and the show that we always have at Mosaic on a Stick. Most places require a fairly long lead time so it is not too soon to be planning for 2015.
I hope you all have a great summer, provided summer shows up any time soon!
Thursday, June 6, 2013
June 12th Meeting
The mosaic meeting on June 12th will be focused on tips on how to photograph mosaic art pieces. We have a professional photographer coming to our meeting. While she usually photographs weddings and portraits she will have helpful tips for the challenges associated with shooting mosaic art. If you would like to bring a mosaic piece she may use your art as an example.
Social time will start at 6:30 . Susan has said that she will provide a salad for us. Hope to see you on the 12th.
Directions to Susan's:
County Road 19/ Keats Avenue/ Woodbury Drive is completely closed between Valley Creek Road and Bailey Road. Do not take County Road 19/Keats Avenue/Woodbury Drive (different names for the same street) from 94.
Here are two recommended routes. They are both straight shots to my house with no winding through side streets. If you take one of these routes, IGNORE ALL THE SIGNS THAT SAY “CLOSED TO THRU TRAFFIC”. You can proceed to my house on these routes with no problems.
3670 Village Court
Woodbury, MN 55125
Please remember to ignore the “Closed to thru traffic” signs if you take one of these routes.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Hi to all Guild Members- I have spoken with Micah and she has told me that she would be happy to move our April meeting to next Wednesday April 17th. I have had members express a concern to be out driving in the unpredictable weather this evening, which is very understandable. I hope this will work out better for the majority of the group. Please pass this info on to any one that you have spoken to that was planning to come tonight. Please also email me back that you received this information. Micah is going to try to call members this afternoon (if she has your phone number) and I will forward any responses I get so we have made every effort to reach each member.
Thank you to Micah and Julie for being so flexible.
Regards and stay safe,