One of the best parts of being an artist is exploration. Being able to tap the senses and express them in an art form. As I write this newsletter I am in New Orleans. It is truly one of the best places in the world to enjoy history, food, music and art, including mosaic art. I have had the opportunity to visit a couple places that have mosaic art installations by mosaic artist Laurel True. She is one of my greatest inspirations and mentors. I believe having artistic inspiration is so important, no matter where or who it comes from. As I mentioned in last months news letter the visiting artists coming to SBSMA are also so inspiring with their different talents and unique techniques.
As you learn the art of mosaics it is extremely valuable to expose yourself to a variety of mediums to find your sense of style and what materials you like to work with. The SBSMA has filled the spring and summer season with a world class mix of artists in an effort to explore the different materials and techniques that make the world of mosaics so inspiring.
Pick from the exciting class list below and sign up today to start your journey towards new techniques and success as a student. Feel free to take as many classes as you would like. Space for each workshop is limited and some classes are close to full already.
“Wide-awake I can make my most fantastic dreams come true.”
Susan Crocenzi’s Polymer clay and tempered glass mosaic
Carol Shelkin’s Portraiture Mosaics
VISITING ARTISTS BIO’S
Sue Baldwin has reached her 27th year at the very same middle school where she started her
teaching career and she still loves it. When she is not teaching, you will ﬁnd her taking art
classes in lots of different art mediums. Sue is most renowned for her unique fused glass jewelry
designs. After meeting Tami at the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art they have collaborated
together to create extraordinary fused glass pieces speciﬁcally designed for inclusion in mosaicart.
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had
no words for.”-Georgia O’Keefe
“Mosaic art offers the sweet possibility that the random,disparate bits-and-pieces of our lives can yield peace,beauty, and meaning.” ~Susan Crocenzi
Susan’s work has been featured in several publications, including Mosaic: FindingYour Own Voice, and Breakout by Brit Hammer, Mosaic Art Now Magazine, 2008,and the cover of textbook, Communication Mosaics by Julia Wood, 2009.Exhibits include Mosaic Art International, 2010 (Smith Museum of Stained Glass,Chicago, IL), Mosaic Art International, 2009 (Museum of Man, San Diego), TheInstitute of Mosaic Art (Oakland, CA), Cutting Edges: Contemporary Mosaic Art(Portland, OR), Mowen Solinsky Gallery (Nevada City, CA), and ContemporaryMosaic Art 2009, (Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC).Retail representation includes Aimee Taylor Handcrafted Gallery and As If ArtStudios (Grass Valley, CA).Susan is proud to have studied with the following mosaic artists: Ellen Blakeley,Laurel True, Laurel Skye, Sonia King, Sue Gianotti, and Yulia Hanensen.
Margo Anton has been a professional mosaic artist since 2004, operating under the name of Minerva Mosaics. She has exhibited her work at two past SAMA conferences, as well as in various exhibitions in her native Canada. Margo has also spoken both locally and internationally on mosaic art. Her mosaic journey began with a fascination in glass and tile, and has since moved on to a more eclectic mix of materials. In February 2009, Margo began a blog wherein she creates a small scale mixed media mosaic four or five days a week. In addition to working on this “Mosaic A Day” project, Margo also works on larger fine art mosaics, commissions, and installations. She teaches adult mosaic workshops throughout the year, with skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced.
Kelley came to mosaic art in the summer of 2005 after decades of working in many other artistic mediums (leaded glass, canvas floorcloths, calligraphy, quilting). Art had been a lifelong sideline, and she had a serious jones for an artistic expression that could translate into a creative career. She found it during a week-long mosaic intensive at the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland, CA, and hasn’t looked back.
In 2006, after a year of mosaic technique and installation studies with professionals across the U.S., Kelley founded her Seattle studio, Rivenworks Mosaics, from which she designs, fabricates and installs custom architectural mosaic works for residential, commercial, and public art clients.
Kelley works in multiple mediums for her architectural clients, but in her personal work she returns again and again to glass for exploration and play. The visual depth and light-handling properties of glass, as well as its diverse palette of colors, offer up endless possibilities for dimensional exploration, from which she has developed her signature stacked glass mosaic technique.
Kelley’s fine art mosaic panels have been accepted to national and international juried exhibitions, and many reside in private collections. She is an active member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, and teaches her Radical Dimensions stacked glass mosaic workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada, See more of Kelley’s work at
Carol Shelkin is a mosaic artist who creates fine art pieces for galleries, homes, architectural and public settings internationally. It was made clear at a young age that Carol’s life would be centered upon her passion for creating and teaching art. Carol continued her studies at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Fleisher Art Memorial, and Philadelphia College of Art. She eventually opened an arts-nursery school/child care where she works today. Along with her school, Carol has been teaching a variety of art mediums to adults worldwide. Gathering community and making art is a special passion and she has worked with up to 600 students at one time to complete a public mosaic.
Carol, having a successful career in painting and pottery, has been accepting commissions with mosaic work as well as being invited to show her work worldwide. She has won many honors and awards including works at Ciel Gallery, N.C. with Maestro Giulio Menossi, Italy, honoring her mosaic. Her mosaic portrait, In A Village has been displayed at The Museum of Man, San Diego during Mosaic Arts International 2009 after one year of mosaic experience. She was invited to display another portrait Fabulous Hair during Mosaic Arts International 2010 at Smith Museum of Stained Glass, Chicago, Ill., and was honored again to have another portrait on exhibition at Mosaic Arts International 2011 in Austin, Texas.
The dominant influence on Carol’s work would be the simple joy of living. She is a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, British Association of Mosaic Artists, Philadelphia Magic Gardens, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia Art Museum and a Juried member of The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.
LAB LAB is a great way to work on all your mosaic projects. For $20/hour you have access to the SBSMA studio, all adhesives, grout, tools and my time as well as not worrying about making or cleaning up your mess. Email for more details or to reserve a time.
SBSMA Birthday Parties
Have your next child’s birthday party at SBSMA. Any age, up to 12 kids. Rates based on time and materials. Call or email for more info.
Gift certificates are now available. Any size amount towards classes, kits, tiles or other supplies. What a great holiday or birthday gift.
Recent Publicity Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art is once again being mentioned in such a great and gracious way. Check out 805living.com online. Go to page 46 & 47 and read a great article on Santa Barbara local mosaic artist Dan Chrynko and a nice mention about learning how to make mosaic art at SBSMA.
LAB punch card
SBSMA LAB punch card. For every 10 hours of LAB time you get the 11th hour free. Students are loving their punch cards and getting their free hours.
SBSMA Supply Store
SBSMA has all your mosaic art supply needs. More new colors added to the tile collection as well as stained glass, Italian Smalti and Vitreous glass. There are new tools stocked up as well as nippers, files, adhesives and grouts. Just added are Leponitt brand mosaic wheel nippers for $28.95.
Bring a friend discount
Any time you bring a friend to a workshop you receive a 10% discount on your fee. This policy does NOT apply to visiting artists.
Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
Weekly LAB email blasts will now go out to inform you on days and times.