I am so excited to announce that I will be a speaker at TedX Flour City, in Rochester, NY Saturday November 5th, 2016!!! I will be talking about building community by creating public art together. I have been a long time member of the Community Built Association, that advocates for the idea that building together builds community. Building what? Something PUBLIC that will bring joy to many! Something tangible, like a mosaic, or a mural, or a playground, or a park bench. Working together, working through challenges, fosters those connections that are the basis of community. I will be sharing my experience working in this vein, and will offer some practical models that you may adopt. I am so grateful to be able to share these ideas because I have found them so valuable, and I believe they offer real hope for the future.
By zwackart on October 14, 2016
Posted in News & Events | Tagged community, Community build, Community Built Asociation, Ideas worth sharing, mosaic, mural, New York, NY, playground, public art, Rochester, sculpture, Social Change, TedX | Leave a response
By zwackart on October 8, 2016
I find inspiration and rejuvenation in the incredible natural beauty of the Finger Lakes region of New York, where I live. Here are some photos from a recent trip to Robert H. Treman State Park. Many of the paths leading through this awesome geological formation are impressive examples of human labor that use the vocabulary of the landscape. Stone bridges, walkways, and stairs lead a visitor to stunning views, and serve as a reminder that humans have been appreciating this particular waterway for quite some time, and have gone to great lengths to help others enjoy it too. I am grateful for the opportunity to walk these paths, and the chance to share their beauty. Happy Autumn!
By zwackart on September 28, 2016
I am so grateful to work with a wonderful team of artists on the 1st St. Mosaic project in Ithaca, NY! 2016 is our third year installing community made mosaic art on the wall of the Ithaca City Department of Public Works wall in the Sciencenter parking lot. And, yes, this year we wrapped around the corner! The mosaic can now be seen adorning the Franklin St. side of the DPW facility. Check out the progression of the project, including many more photos of the completed work on my public art page (under the Community Art tab), or just click here.
Posted in News & Events | Tagged 1st St Mosaic, artist collective, community, Community build, farm, food security, handmade, Ithaca, livestock, mirror, mosaic, New York, NY, public art, Sciencenter, tile | Leave a response
By zwackart on September 23, 2016
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!
Posted in News & Events | Tagged Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes, community, Community build, glass, grant, grout, mirror, mosaic, New York, NY, public art, Rawley Park, revitalize public space, Richford, Sept 11, tile, volunteer | Leave a response
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!
Posted in Recent Projects | Tagged animal mosaic, Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes, community, Community build, fox, grant, grout, mosaic, NY, owl in tree, potatoe, rainbow, Rawley Park, red tail hawk, Richford, tile, tire swing, trout | Leave a response
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.
Posted in Recent Projects | Tagged ceramic, community, Community build, Finger Lakes, glass, hand print, handmade, mirror, mosaic, mural, native species, NY, potatoe, public art, Richford, tile, trout, turkey, wild life | Leave a response
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!
Posted in Recent Projects | Tagged ceramic, ceramic tiles, community, Community build, mixed use, mosaic, NY, park, public art, revitalize public space, Richford, tile glazing, tile making | Leave a response
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.
Posted in Recent Projects | Tagged Cabarete, clay, Dominican, Dominican Rubublic, DR, end generational poverty, force for change, girls, Harriet Tubman, Mama Tingo, Mariposa, Mariposa Foundation, mosaic, tiles | Leave a response
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.
Posted in Recent Projects | Tagged art, City of Ithaca, clay, collaboration, collage, community, Community build, DPW, Gaia, Gaia's garden, Isaiah Zagar method, Ithaca, Ithaca Children's Garden, mural, NY, public art, Science Center, Sciencenter, tiles, volunteer, Youth | Leave a response
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.