1206 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

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June 2012 


Welcome to the June 2012 issue of SBSMA newsletter.  Normally I would go on about the great weather, how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place and how I can’t believe it’s June already.  But to be honest there is so much going on at SBSMA let’s just get down to business.   


As I have shared in the past couple of months the visiting artists workshops are an opportunity not to be missed.   Margo Anton’s Mosaic Textures in less than two weeks (June 15-17) is almost full as well as Susan Crocenzi’s Polymer clay and Tempered glass September 7th-9th.  As for Carol Shelkin’s Mosaic Portraiture if you are available on the weekdays of August 7 & 8 (Tuesday/Wednesday) and you want to take your mosaic skills as well as skills as an artist to a new level don’t miss this workshop.  Details for all these workshops and more can be found on the SBSMA website schedule page.  www.santabarbaraschoolofmosaicart.com

SBSMA is now offering KIDS CAMP!  Yep that’s right mosaic art for kids this summer.  The first one June 18/20/22 is already full but there are two more weeks you can get your kids into.  The week of July 9th and the week of August 13th.  The KIDS CAMP is a three day MWF 9a-12:30p day camp where kids  between the ages of 7-14 can have an opportunity to make 2-3 projects, learn basic mosaic skills and feel gratified having created mosaic art in a fun and safe atmosphere.  The fee is $120.00/child.  There are more details on the website. 

My latest installation is now complete.  Last month I finished a 22′ sq. ft. installation of my interpretation of Gustav Klimt’s “The Tree of Life”.  This piece was created using stained glass, gold smalti and glass fusions.  There are a few pictures below and more can be found on my website at www.allcrackedupmosaics.com.  Please feel free to visit and see how the process unfolded. 




“Wide-awake I can make my most fantastic dreams come true.”

~Lorentz Hart  




 Class Schedule


workshop           date/instructor      fee 

Mosaic Textures          June 15-17       Margo Anton    $260+$40mat.

Table Top                     June30-July1  Tami Macala    $185+tbl base

Beginner                      July 7-8            Tami Macala    $165.00

Glass fusing/Mosaics  July 14-15         Sue Baldwin    $195+ $40mat.

Mexican Smalti           July 21-22         Betsy Gallery  $210+ $50mat.

GardenSphere/Boulder  July 28-29     Tami Macala   $195+ $40mat.











Margo Anton’s Mosaic Textures  



Susan Crocenzi’s Polymer clay and tempered glass mosaic



Carol Shelkin’s Portraiture Mosaics 

Sue Baldwin 

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 mosaic art. 
“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

Susan Crocenzi


“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: Finding Your 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), The Institute of Mosaic Art (Oakland, CA), Cutting Edges: Contemporary Mosaic Art (Portland, OR), Mowen Solinsky Gallery (Nevada City, CA), and Contemporary Mosaic Art 2009, (Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC). Retail representation includes Aimee Taylor Handcrafted Gallery and As If Art Studios (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


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. 




Carol Shelkin  


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.






Tami’s latest installation from All Cracked Up Mosaics








see more at www.allcrackedupmosaics.com 









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 guidance as well as not worrying about making or cleaning up your mess.
Email for more details or to reserve a time.

Private Lessons

If you would like to learn mosaic art but do not have the time or weekend availability now for $45/hour you can book a minimum of two hours with Tami privately to have the full undivided attention with access to the studio tools, adhesives and grout. 


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 

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. 



Tami Macala
Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
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