Mosaic Art at the Sutton Public Libary!
Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored materials. It can be extremely diverse in appearance and sensibility, and can be used on walls, floors, or plaques. And mosaic projects are not only decorative, they are very enjoyable and rewarding.
Last month, the Valley Arts Alliance asked several artists to create mosaic pieces for the Sutton Public Library and Community Resource Center. This event, “Pieces and Perennials, Mosaic Art at the Sutton Library Garden” resulted in ten unique mosaics, approximately one-foot square, that will be placed on permanent display in the Library’s Perennial Garden.
This BEE MOSAIC by Kim Strickland was created using unglazed porcelain tiles, and uses a selection of muted colors to blend into the natural surroundings of the garden.
The earliest mosaics, dating from around 3000 BCE, consisted of colored stones, shells, ivory, and eventually glazed tiles. Today, what we consider traditional mosaic materials consist of marble, unglazed ceramic, vitreous and stained glass, smalti (an intensely colored enameled glass), and metallic pieces. At the Sutton Library Garden project, our avant-garde artists also used beads, sliced rocks and minerals, sea shells, steel nuts and bolts, and copper products.
The mosaic artwork created at the Sutton Library Garden project are destined to remain outside year ‘round, and so environmental challenges such as rot, frost, salt residues, and thermal expansion had to be overcome. Utilizing traditional tools, tile nippers, and trowels, these artists met the challenges by using cement paving stones and cement based adhesives and grouts.
This MATANUSKA RIVER MOSAIC by Terri Ann Kilborn adds the intense blue representing the Matanuska River radiating through the muted colors representing Palmer and surroundings.
“Pieces and Perennials, Mosaic Art at the Sutton Library Garden” was organized by Valley Arts Alliance mosaic artists Kim Strickland and Terri Ann Kilborn, and also featured Dennis Jensen & Mary Tilly, Carmen Summerfield, and Kathi VanZant.
To see more unique mosaics, visit the Sutton Public Library and Community Resource Center, or visit the lobby of the Valley Performing Arts theatre in Wasilla to see a varied selection of mosaics in our display case, or visit or archive page Mosaic Project Sutton.
Another example of bringing the community together through the arts!
VAA partners with Valley Performing Arts!
The Valley Performing Arts will be producing “Jane Eyre” at the Machetanz Theatre, 251 West Swanson in Wasilla, from September 11 to 27, 2015.
Charlotte Bronte's magnificent Gothic love story is brought to life. In the burned-out ruins of Thornfield Hall, the adult Jane Eyre recalls the disturbing events of her childhood and young adulthood: her miserable upbringing as an orphan thrust upon unsympathetic relatives, her trials at the infamous Lowood School, and eventually her acceptance as governess at Thornfield Hall where she encounters its enigmatic master, Edward Rochester.
Jane eventually unravels the secrets of this mysterious place and finds her own personal epiphany through honesty, courage and sacrifice. A moving story for all times and a stunning portrayal of one of the world's greatest heroines.
For more info, see their website or phone the Box Office at 373-0195.
In the lobby of the Machetanz Theatre is the Valley Arts Alliance showcase that displays locally crafted original artwork by Valley Arts Alliance members.
For the next several weeks, our showcase will contain mosaic art by Kim Strickland and Terri Ann Kilborn.
New displays at the Machetanz Theatre are being planned, so that we can provide VPA theatre guests with an opportunity to view our local community artists. Just another example of the Valley Arts Alliance bringing the community together through the arts!
What is "Second Saturday"?
On one day each month—the “Second Saturday” here in the Valley—we are encouraging local art galleries, restaurants, and retail businesses to join in with local and regional artists, sculptors, musicians, and food masters for a festive day of art and entertainment.
This concept has been adopted in a variety of locations throughout America, and provides a festive atmosphere for visitors to plan a day on the town and browse the many participating stores and venues. A bookstore could schedule a book signing; a coffee shop could schedule a poetry reading; a gallery could have an artist demonstrate; or a retail establishment could provide space for a musician to play. All on the same day of the month—the Second Saturday.
The Valley Arts Alliance is coordinating the "Second Saturday" project. Just email us if you are willing to participate and we will attempt to match up artists and venues. For a complete list of participating Second Saturday venues, please sign up for our newsletter. It’s that easy! Join us in supporting the arts in our community, and in helping to make our art community grow.