By zwackart on May 8, 2011
This year I won a Crossroads grant to create a tile mosaic and work with Robert Salvato, a skilled wood working artist to create a bench for a public park in Erin, NY. Below are some images from my process of making it. It is now complete and about to be installed. The Town of Erin has scheduled an unveiling to take place October 29th at 1pm in the new park, behind the fire station. Please come and enjoy the festivities if you are in the area. I am told there will be free hot-dogs.
This bench was made possible in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program, administered locally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.
By zwackart on March 3, 2011
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 people! It was our very good luck that he knew Darge Sumner personally and called her up and asked if it would be OK for us to pay her and her amazing home a visit. She welcomed us with open arms! Here’s a glimpse of her amazing space.
When Darge was in her mid 60s she decided to totally change her living space and, along with her son, developed a new combination of concrete, clay, and recycled wet newspaper that allows for amazing sculptural possibilities and lends itself particularly well to creating mosaics!
By zwackart on February 8, 2011
This is the third year in a row that I have had the privilege of being the artist in residence for the Chemung River School Project. Each year, naturalists and a poet visit with fourth graders. They get to go to the Arnot Art Museum, the History Center, and the Tanglewood Nature Center as part of a cross disciplinary study of the Chemung River that flows through Elmira, NY. This year, in what we hope is a pilot for a larger public art mosaic project, like we did in Ithaca in 2010, students made clay tiles out of raw clay using low relief sculptural techniques to describe their experience of the river. Here are some pictures of the process. There were seven classes from three schools that participated.
By zwackart on October 22, 2010
Ben Franklin Elementary School in Binghamton, NY decided to make up a fable about how the skunk got it’s stripe. They called me in to help them make clay tiles to depict their narrative. They called on renown storyteller Regi Carpenter to help Ms. Culligan’s class of second graders develop their tale. Here are some pictures of students making the tiles from raw clay, performing their story in front of the whole school and many parents, and of myself, art teacher, Athena Negros, and Enrichment specialist, Jill Browne, and Kate Culligan installing the tiles on the wall of the school.