Monday, December 1, 2014


Mosaic Guild Meeting Notes for November 2015 planning meeting

The first item discussed was the Guild’s blog. Lisa Ferguson has taken over the blog from Danette. She has run in to some issues and she will be following up with Danette. The blog may need to be started over and we will lose some of the material that is on the blog currently but this would be an excellent time to have updated pictures and a larger variety of pictures too. Lisa will let us know what she wants us to send her when she is ready to make the changes. Lisa has updated the members list and has added some recent events.

We discussed adding a calendar with upcoming events and meetings. We hope to have more meeting and event pictures to keep the blog fresh. If anyone has any good pictures that they take at either please forward them to Lisa and she can see about adding them somewhere in the blog.

Another topic - adding a contact person or persons to the blog. This would be for people who have been to the blog and may be interested in joining the Guild or even just to attend a meeting. We are trying not to have too much personal information on the blog but still not discourage anyone interested in checking us out. If there are any members that would like to be a point person please let me know. I think at least two people would be able to cover those emails.

The blog is a work in progress but if we have an event to post we can still do that on the current blog.

I know all members are very appreciative of the work that Danette has done on the blog in the past. Thank you to Barbra Benson Keith for getting the blog started. Thank you to Lisa for getting involved in the blog as a very new member. Your time and talent are very much appreciated. I hope I did not leave any one out.

We had a small turn out this year for the Mosaic on a Stick show. I think that the people who did contribute had really beautiful pieces. Thank you for your participation. Thank you Lori for all your work too. We had voting for People’s Choice and Guild members’ choice. We did not have enough votes to award a Guild members choice but the People’ choice goes to Julie Reeve. Her piece “East Bank West Bank” won.
The holiday party will be at Susan Mathis home. December 10th at 6:00 pm. We all will bring a food to share and anyone who wants to can make a mosaic decoration or ornament. We will guess who has made each one and have a $25 gift certificate for the person who has the most correct answers. Susan will send out information on food etc.

We will still have our tesserae exchange so bring a bag of goodies if you wish to participate in that.
Lisa has sent out an email on the opportunity to show your work at a coffee shop along with some of her pieces. This is Royal Grounds coffee shop. Thanks Lisa for including members in this opportunity. If you are interested let Lisa know as soon as possible.
The topic of whether to put in a submission to the Bloomington art Center for the fourth try was discussed. It was decided that as a group we would not apply. If any individuals would like to submit (or in smaller groups) it may be a better opportunity to be selected.

The subject of having a Mosaic Guild ad in the annual tile book was discussed. It was decided that it was not worth the cost.
It was suggested that any member that has a recent mosaic that they are working on or have completed please bring it to the next meeting to show the group. This inspires us all to keep working and expands our ideas. Please share with the group as much and as often as you can. We love to see each other’s art.

We also discussed the only show we have booked at this time for 2015. It will be at The Maple Grove Arts Center in April. Opening night will be April 9th. Details will follow through emails and at the February meeting.

Several other venues were discussed and individual members are checking in to other locations.
The meetings that have been finalized at this time are for February, April, and June. All details will follow as we get closer to the dates.
February 11th is at Lisa Ferguson’s home. The project for this meeting is to make a 3”x 3” mosaic. This is a repeat from a couple of years ago but we had fun with it and it is easy to complete.
Also at this meeting everyone should bring an ugly plate or maybe an ugly ceramic piece that we will pass on to another member. We will take our ugly item home and turn it into something beautiful (or at least interesting). We will bring our transformed piece to the April 8th meeting. We can decide if we want to vote on the best transformation and have a prize for the winner. The catch is the ugly piece still has to be recognizable in the new creation.

April 8th is at my house. We will have our transformed mosaics and we will also have a tesserae and tool exchange, swap or sale. If anyone has any items that they want to bring to either sell or swap this is the time to do it.
We can have a show and tell on our ugly plate challenge.

June 10th meeting will be at Amy Leyden’s home. We will do a progressive mosaic. Each person should bring an 8” x 8 “ piece that we can mosaic on. Bring some tiles, beads, glass scraps etc. to pool for all to use. We will each take an 8 x 8 and start working on it. After a few minutes we will pass the piece on to the next person and each person will add to the piece. We should come up with something quite interesting considering all our individual styles.

These are the meetings that we have finalized. I will send out an addendum when I have additional information.

I hope this gets your creative juices flowing.

Best Regards,


Monday, September 29, 2014


Dear Guild Members,

Chairs with Flair for the Bridging Organization was truly an inspiring event. The founder Fran is 89 years young and he is so passionate about the work that Bridging is doing. Bridging helps 80 families a week to set up households.

The Mosaic Guild’s pieces were very well received and we made a nice contribution to the $6,500 that was collected from the event. This was up 85% from last year’s event.

The auction was held at The Ford Center. A very interesting, historic space. The food was wonderful and it was a night of great people watching.

Overall a great cause and event. I think all the artists felt privileged to be a part of it. We are looking forward to another opportunity to be involved in this again next year.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014



Please come and enjoy our Guild Members beautiful mosaic art displays at Mosaic on a Stick in St. Paul.  There will be an Artists Reception on Thursday, September 25, from 7-9pm.  A great time to personally meet the artists and the work behind them.

Mosaic on a Stick is an artist-owned mosaic supply shop, community classroom and artist studio.

Check out their website and location at  Mosaic on a Stick

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Dear Guild Members -

     On Wednesday, September 10th, Bridging will be holding an event at the Ford Center. It will be a silent auction to raise money for Bridging. This is only their second year holding this event. Several members have made art from donated furniture that Bridging had at their facility. Rachel Arnston has created a mosaic chair. Mimi Leminh has done a mosaic on a table with a shelf, Julie Reeve has adorned a lamp, and Laura Lee has also done a mosaic top on a table. Trudy Vrchota and Janine Irisarri have teamed up and made a table into a Parcheesi game board.

I hope some of you will come to the Bridging event.
Julie Reeve

Rachel Arnston
Mimi Leminh

Laura Lee
Trudy Vrchota & Janine Irisarri

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Guild Members- 

This is the invitation to the Silent Auction for Bridging. Several of us have made art from used furniture that was available to select from at the Bridging warehouse. Pictures of these  pieces will be posted on the blog soon. Please think about coming to this event. It should be fun. I understand that they have a limited amount of tickets available.

Registration ends, Monday, September 8, 2014

For event updates, a sneak preview of auction items, and a behind-the-scenes look at the amazing venue, visit the Chairs with Flair website
For Ford Center directions and parking information click here.

Saturday, August 9, 2014


The Mosaic Guild was represented at the Powderhorn Park Art Fair on August 2nd. We were one of two guilds that were asked to participate in the show. We had a lot of activity at our tent and I think we made some excellent connections with people who were interested in joining the guild or taking lessons. We hope to see some of them at our first meeting (after the summer break) at Mosaic on a Stick. Our meeting night moved to Wednesday the 17th.

Thank you to all who participated and made it a great event.



Monday, August 4, 2014


Hi Guild Members,

FRIENDLY REMINDER - the date for our meeting has to be changed from the second Wednesday of the month to the third Wednesday.   

The meeting will be on September 17th at Mosaic on a Stick at 1564 Lafond Ave. St. Paul, 55104.  Phone # is 651-645-6600. We start at 6:30pm for social time and 7:00pm for  the meeting. We are asking anyone who would like to share to bring a mosaic piece to show and explain the inspiration for that particular mosaic. We will discuss items for the upcoming show that opens later in September. Mosaics for the show should be dropped off no later than that night.

Thanks and see you there!

Monday, May 12, 2014

June 11th Guild Meeting

The Guild’s last meeting before our summer break is coming up on June 11th at Rachel Arnston’s home. All the pertinent information is below. Rachel will share with us how she has hosted several mosaic parties and in the process opened up mosaic art to many of her friends and family. Social time starts at 6:30. From Rachel- My phones are: cell 612-834-9001 and home 763-420-3050. My address to put in the invitation should be 19203 81st Place North, Corcoran, MN 55311. Do not put Maple Grove even though that is our mailing address. GPS does not send people to the right place when we use Maple Grove. Go figure. We are in the upper northwest quadrant of the Twin Cities. From the south get to 494 going north and take the Bass Lake Road-Cty Rd. 10 exit. (From the east or north, take 696 west, then 494 south, and take the Bass Lake Road-Cty Rd 10 exit. Go west on Bass Lake Road about 3 1/2 miles. Turn right (north) on Highway 101. Pass Rush Creek Golf Course, then turn left on 82nd Place North. Take an immediate left again on 81st Place North. Drive to the back of the development where the gravel starts. we are on the left in the dense woods. Our mail box has flames on it. (My hubby's a car guy.) Thank you Rachel for the directions and tips. I will have the post cards for the Edina show to pass out. If you have not picked up a supply at the Edina Art Center you will be able to get a stack at the meeting. The cards look great; Judy Sell has come through for us again. Thank you Judy! It would be very helpful if I could get a list of the mosaics each member is planning on bringing for this show. You can email the information to me or bring your list to the June meeting. Please include the size of each piece. This will help me to determine if we will have enough art or need to ask for more. If you have a piece that will be hung in a window please make a note of that too. The break area at the art center has a large wall of shelving and three dimensional pieces could go there. I hope that as many artists as possible will bring their 8” x 8” pieces for this show. Two years ago we had the squares for the Haiti quilt on the wall that you see when you first enter the gallery. I would like to hang the 8 x 8’s as a grouping there. A few of the 8 x 8 pieces sold at the Stillwater galley and I think that they hit an affordable price point. If anyone has anything to add to this please feel free to email me and or the group. Regards, Trudy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 2014 Meeting: Notes after our meeting

Pick up at Stillwater- Anytime on or after April 15th. Pieces will be in the Framing room. You will need to package them up and then check out at the front desk before you leave. Mandi has saved any wrapping that you had on the pieces.

Edina Show-
Receiving mosaics Monday June 23rd. 11:00 to 7:00 pm

Jo Shaddy and Micah Bach Kinder will be at Edina Art Center checking in your mosaics during the day and Rachel Arnston will be at the center from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Jo and Micah please coordinate your time slots.

Please put a tag on the front of each mosaic with name and title. This will allow the person at the center to add the title plates (without needing to take each piece off the wall) once all the art is hung.

Hanging  art on Tuesday and Wednesday the 24th and 25th. Janine Irisarri, Barb Steen and Trudy Vrchota will hang the mosaics. Jo Shaddy, Carol Harwood and Rachel Arnston will help if needed.

Food for opening on June 26 from 5:00 to 8:00
  • Small bottles of water for beverage- Barb Napiwocki will bring them to the center.
  • Strawberries and possibly small cream puffs, Barb Steen will take care of those items.
  • Cheese platters, meat and crackers, Trudy Vrchota will bring.
  • Clean up- All please stay to pitch in at the end.

Powderhorn Park Event- Saturday Aug. 2nd. 10 to 6:00 but set up about 8:30.

Barb Napiwocki, Rachel Arnston, Micah Bach Kinder, Laura Lee and Trudy Vrchota have agreed to be at the show . Micah and Trudy to start at 10:00.

Micah is providing a tent and tables and Trudy a screen to hang mosaics.

If anyone else wants to work please let me know. The advantage to working the show is that you can have some of your mosaics displayed and you can give out your business cards if you would like to. We will also give out cards and info on the guild. We will need to demonstrate how we make our mosaics during the entire day.

Bloomington Art Center submittal- Rebecca has sent that in, I believe the list comes out in May

State Fair Art Submission
I have forwarded an email with info on how to enter. Rachel Arnston will be sending out information to enter your art at the Arts and Crafts building as another option. There is no judging for this option.

Jo thank you for hosting. It was a wonderful night and you have a fabulous studio.

Next meeting will be June 11th at Rachel Arnston’s home.

Regards all,

Monday, March 17, 2014

Judy Sell "Apron Strings"

A collection of mosaic aprons created by Judy Sell.

In this collection of life size mosaic aprons, I use old dishes to create fabric-like patterns. Look closer and discover hidden messages, which are universal to mothers, some encourage, some nag. Each mosaic has real fabric ties from a vintage apron.

Artist Statement:
I create mosaics from household crockery and other pieces of nostalgia.
My hope is to honor the past with art for the present.

As a child, I collected tiny trinkets from people, places, and events to help me remember that place in time. Throughout my life I have found comfort in revisiting these treasured shoeboxes filled with memorable keepsakes.

In 1989 I saw a picture of an early 20th century Memory Jar. Looking closely I saw jewelry, pieces of china, and hardware included in this tribute. Mind blown, I began experimenting on my own by applying tiny objects to jugs, soon I became a found-object mosaic artist.

Today I explore THE APRON, created in mosaic. The apron, a symbol for womanhood,
protected my clothes as well as my heart as a mother. I feel feminine and professional
while wearing an apron in the kitchen and in my studio.

Show runs March 13 - April 19
Mosaic On A Stick
1564 Lafond Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

MMG Meeting - April 9th

Mosaic Guild Meeting – April 9th

This is a reminder that our next Mosaic Guild meeting will be on April 9th at Jo Shaddy’s house. Her address is 11896 Dunhill Rd. in Eden Prairie and the zip is 55344. Her phone number is 952-250-4541. Jo has purchased a Taurus 3 ring saw. She will demonstrate it for us. She will also share some of the other tools she uses to create her beautiful, detailed mosaics.

We will start (social time) at 6:30 and the meeting at 7:00.

If you have not been to the Stillwater show I hope you can get there soon and see all the great work that our members have done. Thank you to Laura Lee, Judy Sell, Rachel Arnston and Barb Steen for bringing treats and thank you Gil for putting together food trays. I hope I did not forget anyone. Thank you Mandi for hanging all of our mosaics so beautifully.

Congratulations to Laura Lee on selling one of her mosaics.



Thursday, January 16, 2014

February 2014 Meeting Information

This is a reminder to Mosaic Guild members and anyone that may be interested in checking out The Minnesota Mosaic Guild that our next meeting is February 12th. It will be at my home and the address is 6943 Sand Ridge Rd. Eden Prairie 55346.

We will discuss the upcoming show at the 310 Gallery in Stillwater. I have event related post cards to give out so I hope many members can make the meeting.

If you have had time to create a new 8” x 8” mosaic with the theme of love.  Please bring that with you. We can each share what our inspiration was for our project.  I hope that we will have enough 8” x 8” pieces to display together at the 310 Gallery. Please make sure you have hanging wire on the back of your mosaic.

We can also review the dates for the June show at the Edina Art Center and we have an opportunity to do some community volunteer work that we can discuss.

This will be a good time to discuss any other projects, mosaic shows, or any ideas that you have for the Guild.

See you in February,

Best Regards,


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

It would have helped if I stated the date of the Goddess opening.

Here's all the info:

Goddess Show Opening/Reception
Thursday January 16
7:00-9:00 PM
Corner of Lafond and Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul

Hope to see you there.
Mosaic and arts enthusiasts are invited to the annual "Goddess" show opening at Mosaic-on-a-Stick:

Corner of Lafond and North Snelling in St. Paul
Reception times, 7:00-9:00 PM

This show includes mosaic as well as non-mosaic pieces in the goddess theme.  It promises to be an ever bigger show as interest grows each year.

Go a little early and shop for your mosaic supplies.

See you there.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Hi Guild Members-

Happy Holidays to everyone. I hope you are all doing well. Just wanted to share with you all (especially those who missed the pot luck dinner) how it went.

There were 12 of us that braved the cold and enjoyed wonderful hospitality at Beth Karjala’s home. We had a fun evening and I think we left after 10:30 so we must have been having a good time. 

We had 10 people who brought candles that they crafted. As usual there was a wonderful variety of styles. Laura Lee won a $25 gift certificate to Macy’s because she had 7 correct answers (we had to guess who the artist was for each candle).

We are presently collecting the $25.00 yearly dues. Those can be mailed to Danette Polglase at: 22289 Olinda Trail, Scandia, MN 55073.

I also announced the winners from the MOS show. Danette won for most votes from the Guild Members and I won the Peoples Choice votes.

Our next meeting is in February at my house in Eden Prairie. I will send out emails and post on the blog at least one month before the meeting.