FEATURED ARTIST OF THE MONTH
> Flair Robinson - April 2016
> Rebecca Collins - May 2016
> Carol Shelkin - March 2017
by Sally Kinsey - August 2017
Last night I spoke on the phone for the first time with Anne Marie Price. We have, like so many others, communicated a bit through Facebook in the past. I have been both fascinated and an admirer of her work for years, and speaking with her was every bit as enjoyable as viewing her mosaics.................
by Sally Kinsey - July 2017
It always surprises me how similar yet different people are. We all have at least a dozen things we can find in common with someone we just meet, and look forward to the knowledge treasure hunt that still remains to unfold. Speaking with Aly Winningham for the first time truly brought this into focus for me................
by Sally Kinsey - June 2017
As with many of the mosaic people I know, I had the pleasure of meeting Karen for the first time in person at the SAMA convention in Chicago. It was my first SAMA event, and I had just started Tiny Tile Mosaics. Karen visited me in the Vendor Marketplace and it was the highlight of my trip. Her energy and enthusiasm were uncontainable and contagious!...............
Nesting by Elizabeth St. Hilaire
by Sally Kinsey - May 2017
This month Luna Mosaic Arts brings you a wonderfully unique Featured Artist, Elizabeth St. Hilaire. Elizabeth is a collage artist, and carries the tagline “painting with paper” with her work. Although Elizabeth does use paints in some of her work, that is not the painting! “Painting with paper” is referring to the amazing images she creates with her hand altered papers, which look very much like a painting as opposed to a mixed media type of work, as you can see in the images we have included...............
The Earthships Have Landed by Cherie Bosela
by Sally Kinsey - April 2017
It is with great pleasure and joy and that I get to introduce Cherie to you all this month! Cherie and I have been friends for a number of years now. Like most of my mosaic friendships, it started through the intranet. Cherie is one those folks, however, that I have gotten to spend time with in person. I first met Cherie at the Mosaic Arts International show in Lexington, KY where her piece "Dragonfly" was on exhibit..............
Violet Dreams by Carol Shelkin
by Sally Kinsey - March 2017
It had been about three years that I had been creating mosaics before I took my first mosaic class, and it was with Carol Shelkin through Ceil Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina. I spent several days with some of the most welcoming and fun ladies, sharing out common passion for mosaic art. It was life changing for me! ............
Proud Peacock by Amanda Anderson
by Sally Kinsey - February 2017
This is the first “interview” where I have not actually communicated on a personal level with the artist being featured, yet I feel as though I know Amanda, (to a certain extent), nonetheless. Having viewed her work so often via the intranet, and admiring the clean, colorful, whimsy in her creations, an image formed long ago in my imagination of how I would picture her in person; modest, joyful, and smiling. Much like her artwork speaks to me............
by Susan Wechsler
by Sally Kinsey - January 2017
Two years ago I had the pleasure of spending a couple days in a workshop Susan held in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was nothing short of magical! The setting we created in was in an old decaying church, owned by her father’s company. Even more memorable were the people and lessons that filled those few days...........
To Honor Ganesh by Robyn Abrams
by Sally Kinsey - December 2016
Like many of the featured artists, I have know Robyn more through the internet groups for mosaics, however, I have had the pleasure to meet her in person years ago at a SAMA event. Robyn is someone who when meeting in person, was exactly the way I thought she would be from my preconceived ideas drawn from internet interaction. She is kind, gentle, classy, talented, warm and friendly. In other words, a joy!.........
Julia by Gila Rayberg
by Sally Kinsey - November 2016
One thing I learned from our conversation is that Gila is an accomplished musician. This made perfect sense to me when Gila shared her experience with travel, educating, and art forms. Although I consider Fickr one of the greatest eye candy resources, Gila’s work takes on the additional facets of having rhythm and motion without traditional andamento or tessellation.........
Androcles and the Cat by Betsy Youngquist
by Sally Kinsey - October 2016
Yesterday I had the chance to speak with Betsy on my drive to Chicago for a hammer and hardie intensive workshop at The Chicago Mosaic School. Although I currently live in the Indianapolis area, I am originally from Chicagoland area. Betsy is also from the area although she was speaking to me from New Orleans where she has currently opened a gallery (Gallery Two) with a friend. Our conversation left me with affirmations to thoughts and ideas, a sense of being exactly where I was supposed to be at that moment, and wanting to know even more about Betsy and her work.
So now that I have shared a little of my experience with you, I will let Betsy speak for herself… Enjoy!........
She Was Born to Dance by Sally Kinsey
by Cherie Bosela - September 2016
I thought it would be nice for you all to get to know the person behind the "Featured Artist" articles. I first discovered Sally in 2010 when I searched flickr for mosaic art and I instantly fell in love with her style, her use of colors and materials. She had a unique style that was different from other mosaic art I'd seen! We got to know each other a little bit through flickr and became friends.......
What, This Old Thing? by Donna Van Hooser
by Sally Kinsey - August 2016
If you are not already familiar with the works of Donna Van Hooser, get ready for art and an artist that will not disappoint. Donna’s work is diverse, whimsical, incredibly detailed, and a pleasure to behold. I first met Donna at the Artists Reception for the Mosaic Arts International show during the SAMA conference in Lexington, Kentucky. Donna had the piece she mentions as “the robin dressed as Queen Elizabeth” which is titled “What, This Old Thing?” I was in awe of the mastery in Donna’s cutting......
Dragonfly Landing by Wesley Wong
by Sally Kinsey - July 2016
Wesley Wong is someone I have been Facebook friends with for years. We all have those folks we “know” in the mosaic world, but do not know. Wesley has been one of those folks until now. This is the great thing about being asked to write these features for Luna Mosaic Arts…getting to know more about what makes other mosaic artists tick......
Morning Becomes Electric by Pamela Goode
by Sally Kinsey - June 2016
I would tell you this interview is going to be good, but it is not… Instead it is going to be all Goode!!! This month I have the privilege of introducing you to mosaic artist Pam Goode. First I must tell you, I met Pam years ago when I lived in Summerville, South Carolina. Pam is the founder of Ciel Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina, where I took my first ever mosaic class.........
Analog Frog by Rebecca Collins
by Sally Kinsey - May 2016
You are all in store for a special treat! Rebecca Collins is an artist that I first became aware of through Flickr.com in 2009. Her quirky subject matter, vivid color palettes, and artistic vibe made me smile compulsively. When I hear “Rebecca Collins mosaics”, two subjects come to mind… robots and skeletons. Although this is not all Rebecca does, in my opinion, she does them like no one else........
Box Canyon Boogie by Flair Robinson
Photo: Joe Skalsky
by Sally Kinsey - April 2016
When the opportunity arose to interview different artists for Luna Mosaics, Flair Robinson was the first name to come to mind. Flair’s work has always been immediately recognizable to me. It is colorful, vibrant and thought provoking. There is a story to be told in every piece, and whether I find the story she is telling, or one of my own, I always come away feeling I have learned something from her art........ read more
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