First Contemporary Mosaic Show Opens in LA Area

Tesserae: The Art of Mosaics

JUNE 27 – AUGUST 5, 2009

Reception  Meet the Artists – Live music and refreshments

Saturday, JULY 11th –  7 to 9 PM

Last year Long Beach artists, Luz Mack-Durini and Dawn Mendelson cooked up the idea to host the first-ever juried mosaic exhibition in LA area.
The perfect venue appeared with a partnership through the non-profit gallery, 2nd City Council Art Gallery + Performance Space. They invited Lillian Sizemore to be the juror and she was honored to do it.
Dawn Mendelson

Dawn Mendelson

Luz Mack-Durini

Luz Mack-Durini

Lillian Sizemore

Lillian Sizemore

The call to artists received 122 entries, of which 51 pieces were selected for the exhibition. (Click to see Dawn’s Flickr Set) See list of artists below.

It was a blind judging, so the judge had no preconceived notions about the work or artists. Lillian said,  “The work felt very fresh and there was such a variety of media and skill levels presented. As I considered each piece, I continually returned to the bigger picture. I sent grouping ideas and curation notes to the gallery because I saw strong themes emerging. They did a great job mounting the work.”

tesserae

The Gallery offers Cash Prizes chosen by the Juror, which will be announced at the Artist’s Reception on July 11th. The cash awards are $500-1st, $300-2nd, $200-3rd and the Eye-Opener Award is $100 plus a statue.

To round out the introduction to mosaics as a hands-on experience, a selection of workshops will be offered throughout the run of the show. (June 27 – August 5). Sizemore’s World Mosaic Armchair Travel Tour presentation last Saturday evening brought in about 30 mosaic travelers. Additionally, she will teach a “Mosaics from the Mind’s Eye Mandala” class, Dawn Mendelson will offer a Pique Assiette course, and together, Dawn, Luz and Lillian will facilitate a bi-lingual English/Spanish community mural workshop and the panels will be donated to the gallery for their 2ccgarden1beautiful garden area. The mural workshop is free and a festive unveiling party is planned August 5th from 3-6 PM

Registration for the classes is made directly through the 2CC website or at the gallery.

The Gallery is thrilled to bring a new audience to 2CC. Upon seeing the work Cheryl Bennett, the gallery director said “I am completely excited.This is going to be BETTER than great show.  Utterly FANTASTIC!!!! “

To learn more about the exhibition and workshops see sfmosaic blog and 2CC website

2nd City Council Art Gallery + Performance Space is located at:
435 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 901-0997
2ndcitycouncil@earthlink.net
Cheryl Bennett, Director

HOURS: Wednesday – Sunday: Noon to 5 PM

QUICK LINKS:

2nd City Council: http://www.2ndcitycouncil.org
Dawn Mendelson: www.daybreakmosaics.com
Luz Mack Durini: www.l-durini.com
Lillian Sizemore: www.sfmosaic.com

ARTISTS Represented:

2Roses
Lynn Adamo
Doreen Adams
Terri Albanese
Ismael de Anda III
Ilona Brustad
Sandra & Carl Bryant
Irina Charny
Carole Choucair Oueijan
Connie Cohen
Kim Emerson
Katherine England
Donna Eto
Brian Felix
Elizabeth Gallery
Steven Hagerth
Karen Hotra
Diana Johnson Wiles
Michael J. Kruzich
Christine Kunkel
Ilona Landau Fried
Wenia Lee
Luz Mack-Durini
Kathleen McCabe
Dawn Mendelson
Laurie Mika
Tiffany Miller
Linda Pannullo
Jenny Perry
Donna Post
Deon Roe
Jacqui Ridley
Vaishali Sanghavi
Cindy Sbrissa
Carol Shelkin
Karen Silton
Hillary Sloate
Karen Thompson
Laurel True
Aida M. Valencia
Rachel van der Pol
Liza Wheeler
Cathy Young

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