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Hi, I am Annemarie Zwack, and this is my blog. I am a visual artist working in a variety of materials. I specialize in helping communities realize their creative dreams and facilitating their expression. I believe that together, we can create “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible”.

Mural Collaboration in the DR

The Mariposa Foundation, DR in Cabarete, DR invited me back to collaborate with a LOT of people! The Mariposa Foundation, DR works to end generational poverty by investing in the lives of girls. Xaivier Ringer, an accomplished mural painter, and I assembled and...

Mariposas in the Dominican Republic

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...

1st St. Mosaic Project

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...

Kitchen Back-splash Project

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...

Upward Bound Drawing at Cornell

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...

Spiral of Life

a spiral of handmade ceramic leaf tiles nestle in between these matte river rocks creating a permanent design for floor or wall installation

Wild Edible Tiles

Ithaca residents created these beautiful tiles of wild edible plants and fungi for the 1st St. Mosaic project near the Sciencenter

Buddhas Big and Small

If you look very carefully, you may see the face of Buddha in the hills of Ithaca, in my mosaic Feels Like Home, on Tioga St. And perhaps you remember my Potential Buddhas series of paintings? Well, these days I am making Buddha faces, of many shapes and sizes, as...

Ceramic Leaves

These high-fired ceramic leaves are made from impressions of real leaves, most of them Burdock leaves. Burdock is a "weed", with fierce burrs, but it's root is used to help the heart and cleanse the blood. Sometimes the veining pattern in the leaves reveals the image...

Public Art Mosaic Unveiling

"Feels Like Home" was installed by the Ithaca Department of Public Works and wrapped in a big blue plastic tarp for the unveiling. It only took them a few hours to hang all 6 panels in their stainless steel frame. JJ and I were on...

Plant Mosaics

Please join the Van Etten Elementary School community to celebrate the completion and installation of these two mosaic benches depicting the life cycle of plants. They were made possible in part by a grant from the New York State...

Visionary!

The American Visionary Art museum always has something to inspire your inner visionary. Check out the mosaics that inspired me while I was there.

Community Help Grouting Public Art Mosaic

Thank you "Ithaca is Community" volunteers! A city wide day of volunteering was inaugurated this year by Ithaca's new mayor, Svante Myrick, on a rainy Earth Day. On the Commons, in Ithaca, a fantastic team of  volunteers gathered and...

Faces of Zebratown

This is the second year in a row that I have had the privilege of working with students at the Elmira Alternative High School on an arts in education project where they read a book and use it as a point of departure for their own poetry and...

Darjit in New Zealand

I am so grateful to have gotten to visit New Zealand and stay with Kiwis! One distinct advantage is that not only did our host in the far north, Peter Visser, know the region and what would be interesting to see and do, he knew the...

Drawing – Middle School in Spencer, NY

As you may have noticed on the calendar, I've been teaching a drawing class at the local Middle School after school. I was inspired by the snowy landscape here in rural central New York state. Sometimes the skies are much darker than the earth...

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