Today I fly to Argentina & way down to Patagonia!!!
It's an amazing honor to have been invited to participate in the 1st International Mosaic Symposium in Patagonia. Of course, I accepted the challenge!
I'll be the lone American amongst 13 international artists from 11 countries, to convene in Trevelin, Patagonia, Argentina for the sole purpose of creating an original work of art. It's sure to be an intense period of creative exploration & camaraderie.
Once our works are completed, there will be an exhibition, and the artworks will become part of a permanent collection for the premier Contemporary Mosaic Art Museum in Latin America.
How cool is that?!?!?!!!!!
Back here on the ground....😀
I recently completed a long-term project, started just after the first Covid lockdown. It was time to finish it up once the pandemic was officially declared over 🙃. Previously referred to as the Endless Abstract in an earlier blog post..... Now titled ...
"No End In Sight"
49" x 48"
a few close ups
& last but not least.....
Currently at Artel Gallery in downtown Pensacola FL.
"Check Please" was selected for the Cinco Banderas Exhibit & received an Honorable Mention from the juror. The exhibit runs thru Nov 18.
Both pieces above are available for purchase & many more on my website.
Until next time....
Remain calm & creative!
March is here and Spring is in the air. Despite the fact that today we're having a final blast of cold, there's spring in my step & lots going on in my studio. I'm excited to fill you in on some of the highlights!
Friday night I attended the opening of the Pensacola Museum of Art Juried Member's Show. Like many people there, it was the first time in over 2 years, being out and about mingling face to face, which felt really nice & little extra special.
I really loved seeing my work, "Forward Thinking" hanging in the large gallery where he looked quite striking from across the room! He was created last year as I thought a lot of the uncertainties of the pandemic situation &what the future might bring. I find him quite compelling, with many little details that are hard to see in a photo. Modeled after a Scottish artist, he's #64 of 68 in my ongoing series of contemporary artists from around the world. The exhibit runs thru May 29, 2022. I hope you'll have a chance to visit.
Quite a bit different than my usual style, "Beyond City Limits", is currently in a Mosaic Landscapes online exhibit. The show runs thru March and can be viewed here: https://tinyurl.com/LandscapeMo.
There will be a viewer's choice award, which you can vote for while you're there. If you like my work, I'd love your vote 😍😉.
Here's a little detail....
Both works above are available for purchase.
On the teaching front, I'm looking forward to conducting a workshop in my own studio, the first in 5 years, in a couple of weeks. Thanks to those of you who let me know of your interest in more of my home based workshops, following my last newsletter... more dates to come!
Here's a quick list of my current workshops coming up On the Road ...
They're filling fast so don't wait if you're interested!
Dallas TX - April 21-24 - sold out
Dallas TX - April 27-30 - a few spots remain
Austin TX - May 3-6 - 2 spots remain
Fullerton CA - June 2-4
Tijuana Mexico - June 16-18
All workshop dates, locations & links to register can be found here
I hope all is well in your world. Until next time...
Be well & stay creative!
Lots of love,
I hope your 2022 has gotten off to a great start!
As the new year began, I decided that for the 1st time in 5 years, I'd schedule a workshop in my home studio in Perdido Key! To my delight & surprise, it sold out in 3 days! I definitely plan to schedule more of those, so If you would like to be on my advance notification list, please let me know. My PK studio workshops will always be limited to 5-6 participants.
Beginning in April I have more workshops scheduled - On the Road Again!
Rockwall (Dallas) @ Hidden Mosaics
April 21 - 24, 2022 (sold out)
April 27 - 30, 2022
May 3 - 6, 2022
More info on in person & online workshops, here.
It was an honor for me to be asked to create an artwork for this project, which will be exhibited at the Skirball Museum in Cincinnati Ohio from Feb. 24 - May 8, 2022.
'From Darkness To Light: Mosaics Inspired By Tragedy', is a collection of 36 mosaic works created in response to and in commemoration of the lives lost in the horrific mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh PA in 2018.
My mosaic centers on the word LIFE, CHAI in Hebrew. My simplified version of the tree of life, includes eleven branches, each topped with a golden leaf, to symbolize each of the eleven lives lost on that tragic day. On a more personal note, my father's name, Chaim, is derived from the same root. As a first generation American, daughter of a holocaust survivor, I grew up with a keen awareness of antisemitism, and have always tried my best to eradicate hatred and bigotry from my own life.
Until next time, L'Chaim - To Life!
Much love, Gila