1207 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

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July 2012 


Workshops, LAB, KiDS CAMP- O MY!  SBSMA is having a fun and busy summer so far.  As most of you know SBSMA is an outdoor studio in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere with a wonderful covered space, summer is a great time to be here. 


The schedule for the rest of 2012 is about to be released and it would  be great to hear from you.  Is there is a certain type of mosaic style you would like to learn?  If so, send an email and tell me about it.  I am always open to feedback. There are more visiting artists scheduled for the rest of this year as well as Table top, Garden sphere/Boulder, Pet portrait, Glass fusing and Mexican Smalti.  See schedule below.


If you are considering a workshop in the next few weeks and you are a beginner don’t hesitate to try a Glass fusing/Mosaic workshop (July 14/15) or Mexican Smalti (July21/22).  Both of these workshops are designed to teach a beginner, they are just different styles of mosaic art  AND you can receive a 10% discount for signing up now!!  Just say you read it in the newsletter to receive the discount.  

If you are interested in KiDS CAMP for your child please feel free to email for more details.  The next camp is the week of July 16 and then the week of Aug 13.



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

~Lorentz Hart  




 Class Schedule


workshop           date/instructor      fee 

Beginner                      July 7-8            Tami Macala   $165.00

Glass fusing/Mosaics  July 14-15         Sue Baldwin    $195+ $30 mat.

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

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

Beginner                         Aug 4-5          Tami Macala   $165.00

Portraiture Mosaic          Aug 7-9          Carol Shelkin  $395.00 inc. mat.

Glass fusing/Mosaics      Aug 11-12        Sue Baldwin   $195+$30 mat

Table top mosaic             Aug 18-19       Tami Macala  $185+ table base








Sue Baldwin’s Glass fusing/Mosaics 


Betsy Gallery’s Mexican Smalti



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 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

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.





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. 




Tami Macala
Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
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