We finished grouting on September 11th. Using masonry stain, in our grout, added dramatically to the overall look of the work. I was pleased that our last day of work on the project was the 15 year anniversary of Sept. 11th, 2001, because creating art together is a powerfully positive statement of values, and a testament to the ability of communities to define themselves, and create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped bring this project to reality! And thank you to the Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes for funding it! And thank you for the many local donations of materials and food that propelled us forward!
By zwackart on September 23, 2016
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By zwackart on August 14, 2016
It’s been steamy this summer! And this wall faces south. But we pitched a sun/rain sail and finished setting the tiles, and started in on grouting in sections.The photos are a real fast forward of the process. We had lots of volunteers come out to work, over several weekends this summer. People worked hard in all weather conditions to see this beautiful collective vision through! I am honored to shepherd it into reality.
This coming Thursday is our next build date. Come on down!
Rawley Park, Richford, NY 13835 5pm till dark
Hey it’s a full moon…who knows!
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By zwackart on April 29, 2016
Two Saturdays in April, one snowy, one warm, the good towns-folk of Richford and I met in the Town Hall to make and paint tiles for the mosaic we will be putting up in May. Here are a few of the beautiful tiles that were made. If you are reading this before 5/22/2016 and would like to participate, feel free to contact me for more details.
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By zwackart on February 2, 2016
I am excited to announce that this Spring I will get to lead a community built mosaic in the Town of Richford, NY. I was contacted by a committee of civic leaders who have been working to turn a local park into a space that is well used by all members of the community, where everyone will feel welcome, and engaged. They are focusing their energies on this park, Rawley Park, a public space, in the middle of their small, rural town, because they are interested in growing a sense of community. There is a pavilion, with cooking facilities, in the park, that people rent out over the summer. It is a concrete block structure, and they asked me to help them create a mosaic on the southern face of it, that will celebrate the history and connections in the Richford community. Together, we successfully wrote a grant to the Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes. This April, we will host 2 Sundays of Tile Making and Tile Glazing workshops, and in May, we will install the mosaic, in time for a summer of community enjoyment! Below is a sketch. We plan to make leaves out of community member’s hand prints in clay!
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By zwackart on November 30, 2015
This November I had the incredible opportunity to work with girls at the Mariposa Foundation, DR. I was invited down to make mosaic portraits with the girls who attend the center in Cabarete, DR. We worked with a local potter and made tiles from raw clay, fired them and created these 2 mosaic portraits. One is of Mama Tingo, a Dominican woman, an activist farmer, who led a movement for the rights of repressed people. The other is Harriet Tubman, conductor on the Underground Railroad, who risked her life for the freedom of others.
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By zwackart on September 3, 2015
We did a 2 day community build installation in late August. Here’s some snaps of the fun! This is the 2nd year of an ongoing community built, artist led and organized, mosaic mural (now about 70′ long!), on the wall of the DPW facility, facing the Sciencenter parking lot (and Rt. 13) in Ithaca, NY. Volunteers pictured here are part of Ithaca College’s Community Plunge program. We were also lucky to have several local high school students, hired as apprentices, through the Ithaca Youth Bureau’s summer employment program.
This year we teamed up with the Ithaca Children’s Garden, that is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their Gaia snapping turtle sculptural installation. ICG summer campers (Ithaca area kids ages 6 to 10 years old) brainstormed the design and created turtle and fairy tiles based on their plan. Much of the Children’s Garden is represented in this latest panel of the mural. The outdoor kitchen is shown as a building housing a big steaming bowl over a fire. The bulb labyrinth is shown as a big spiral path. The phases of the moon appear over Gaia and six children that ride her back. To the left, a fabulous teapot pours out an herbal brew, from the Children’s garden. And last, a chicken on a nest full of eggs, under a fruit tree.
Please stop by and enjoy if you are in Ithaca. And stay in touch though our FaceBook page.
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By zwackart on February 10, 2015
I have been experimenting with melting glass onto my ceramic work. Here is a fun example! The base tile is a high fire ceramic sculpture with a Burdock leaf imprint on it. It has been glazed several times, but I was looking for further richness of color. I am pretty happy with the results.
By zwackart on February 5, 2015
A woman recently contacted me to commission a mosaic back-splash for her kitchen. She already had red accents in her kitchen, so she chose a theme of red vegetables and fruit. Here are some shiny cherries, watermelon, radishes, peppers, tomatoes, and apples. (I made plaster casts of real peppers and used those to get some really fun relief forms to work with!) My client’s contractor installed the tiles and she sent me a few shots of the kitchen now. Enjoy!
By zwackart on January 27, 2015
The first panel of five mosaic panels, in the ongoing 1st St. Mosaic Project, is now complete and stands sparkling in the sun for all to see!
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By zwackart on July 2, 2014
This is my third year teaching art classes to the students in the Cornell Upward Bound program. Today we worked on figure drawing and some portraiture, in charcoal on large format paper, with a model.
And the model is a young woman who took private art lessons from me when she was 7, and now she is 19! She is just home from her first year of college. I recognized her at the grocery store and struck up a conversation. Turns out she is still into art! Yay!!
A very positive experience all around!