Monday, November 22, 2010

Space available in mosaic class - in Jamaica!!


Register for classes with Lisa Arnold, professional mosaic artist from Minneapolis, MN -
Jan. 1-8, 2011 at Negril Treehouse in Negril, Jamaica:

Stay right in the heart of seven-mile beach at the Treehouse Resort in beautiful, unforgettable Negril, Jamaica while learning how to make stained glass, tile and picassiette mosaics. All materials and tools included!

Classes will be held January 3-6, 9am-12pm. Afternoons can be spent sunning, swimming, snorkeling, sleeping, eating, drinking, reading, kayaking, parasailing, waterskiing, scuba diving, walking on the soft white sand beach, watching the sun set into the ocean, getting a massage or doing anything else you like!

This $850 introductory offer (based on double occupancy) includes a six-night stay at Treehouse Resort in Negril, six big breakfasts, four days of mosaic instruction, materials and tools. All ages and experience levels welcome! (Deadline to sign up: December 10, 2010).

Lisa Arnold is a professional mosaicist with 20 years experience teaching art. She is on the Minnesota and North Dakota State Arts Boards’ Rosters of Artists in Education, is a member of the Minnesota Mosaic Guild and the Society of American Mosaic Artists.

Please contact Lisa at to register or receive more information.

Friday, November 12, 2010

November meeting minutes

Sheryl Tuorila showed us her work and provided an enriching opportunity for Guild members to experience a “Taste of Tile”.

Wearing our “Persona Aprons” provided by Sheryl, we slabbed clay and used various tools and treatments.

Sheryl will glaze the tile and get back to us when the tile is ready for pick-up


December’s meeting will be held at Susan Mathis’ house

3670 Village Court, Woodbury

Phone 651-207-5872

She suggests that we use Mapquest for directions

There will be a large Christmas wreath with multi-colored lights over her garage door

Susan will provide a casserole – this is potluck, so bring food and beverages to share

Also bring a bag of goodies for tessarae exchange

December meeting topics:

The Haiti project – Susan Mathis and Lori Greene Coordinating

Planning for 2011 – meetings, projects/initiatives

Board positions and roles to fill

2011 Spring/Summer members show – Edina Arts Center

Edina Art Center MMG Members Show

Being coordinated by Susan Mathis

Delivery date, June 28

Set-up, June 29

Reception, June 30

Exhibit, June 30- August 3

Art pick-up August 4th

Remember, they only want us to bring items we wish to sell

Danette is our November Featured Artist on the Blog – Check it out

Many positive comments on her work and thoughtful narrative

November 20th reception for Carolyn Clark at Mosaic-on-a-Stick, 7 – 9 PM

You’ll remember her wonderful blue people pieces from the Karen Gallery Show

Martin Cheek class at Mosaic-on-a-Stick, March 11, 12 and 13

Many workshop spots still available

Call Lori at 651-645-6600

A final note – we all wish Barb Steen well on her recovery. We miss her.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Danette Polglase - Featured Artist of the Month

Name: Danette Polglase



What kind of mosaics do you make? I keep experimenting with different methods and materials and create mosaics to try out different approaches to this ancient art form. Most of my mosaic pieces lean towards a fascination with vibrant color and combinations of different materials.

When did you start making mosaics? I was in a little coffee shop in Wyoming, Minnesota sipping a delicious latte, when I noticed a small little table in the corner made from tile with a simple but lovely pattern clearly made by hand and not machine. After learning from the owner that he indeed made the table himself in a class with our friend and mosaicist extraordinaire, Sheryl Tuorila. So I took her class in 2007 and have been experimenting ever since (albeit a little slowly at times). I constantly have to calm some of the critical messages I give myself and seek to return to the enthusiasm and joy of that first mosaic class but with greater skill and deliberateness!

What do you love about mosaics and why do you like working in this art form? There is so much to love about this wonderful art form and no two artists produce the same work. We mosaicists take a cold, impenetrable material like glass and with hundreds, thousands, or sometimes tens of thousands of pieces create art that has depth, softness and beauty. We can create a piece that is jaw-droppingly beautiful or a piece that is whimsical and makes us laugh. That intrigues me and keeps me at it.

What inspires you? Inspiration can color my world invading my every waking moment and the lack of it can leave me cold and unable to move forward. I have pages and pages of ideas and the difficult part for me is to move forward with one idea, execute it, and bring it into the world. Inspiration may come from nature, a single object, or an emotion or physical response to a situation or event. I’d love to capture, in my mosaics, how I perceive and view the world. I think when you can tap into that inner voice your mosaics are more meaningful to you and possibly others.

I constantly battle that voice within which tells me I should just quit the piece I’m currently working on! From the beginning, I issued a challenge to myself that I would finish every mosaic I started since I’m sometimes more in love with the idea and gathering than the execution and completion. I’m like the crow in the Disney movie who sees the sparkling object below and swoops down to investigate and marvel at its beauty. I love to stimulate my senses with objects that are new and exciting but sometimes this leaves me unable to move forward on my own ideas.

How did you develop your style? My style is very much in its infancy and I think it would be more accurate to say that “I’m without a style.”

How did you learn to make mosaics? I read books, have taken a few classes, and keep experimenting.

How do you work best? I need either a deadline or a goal either real or imagined.

What do you do with your mosaics once you finish? This is a problem since I do want to exhibit my work from time to time. I exhibited in a small art space in Osceola which has since closed. I’d love to find a few galleries where I could exhibit new work and maybe sell a piece now and again.

Where do you work? I’ve moved from chipping tiny little pieces in my living room to an existing out building on our property that is well on its way to being a true art studio. It has many possibilities and I hope to create a sanctuary for my creative world. It holds the key to a more focused, deliberate effort.

What is your favorite thing about working with mosaics? I love the gathering of the materials since it holds so much possibility. The birth of an idea made real by the concrete nature of the material which I can hold and touch.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Next meeting

The next meeting is coming up on November 10 and it sounds like fun! Please check the "Meetings" page for more info.