Like a great historical detective novel, here is the story of the legend of the Orpheus Mosaic and how it was discovered once, hidden and re-discovered once more.
IT was, as Roger Gale, eminent member of the Society of Antiquaries of London so eloquently and tantalisingly put it in 1728 “the finest pavement that the sun ever shone upon in England.”
Such was its significance, so exquisite its craftsmanship, that no sooner had it been found after well over a millennium beneath the Wiltshire soil than an engraving was scrupulously made by a leading artist of the day to convey its splendour to the outside world.
It was George Vertue’s finely detailed image, along with Gale’s mouth-watering eulogy that cast an enduring spell over Swindon archaeologists Bryn Walters and Bernard Phillips some 250 years later.
Surely the magnificent Orpheus Mosaic that was again lost to the world during the 18th Century so soon after its rediscovery, could once more be located, they hoped.
Hard to believe that we are already planning for the summer here on Cape Cod. But, the daffodils are popping up through the last remnants of snow and the birds are chirping. After last winter, this easy one has been a welcome relief.
So, have you been thinking about your summer vacation? If you haven't been here before you will want to start planning now. We have a well-rounded schedule of workshops planned at the Falmouth Art Center and are excited to use the new workshop space which just opened up last week. It's full of light with plenty of elbow room for everyone. We are blessed in our little seaside town to have such a active artist community that would support such a fine building.
Lisa Houck returns for a second year. Lisa, who hails from Boston is always a pleasure to work with. Her happy-go-lucky spirt fills a room and is contagious. Be sure to check out her web site, http://www.lisahouck.com and see her designs. Jim Bowen, returns every year to introduce mosaics to budding artists. His joy is seeing that "ahha" moment when the new student proudly discovers their own innate talent. His favorite thing is involving members of a community to help out with a public art project. Susan Weschler is back again, too. She taught a couple years ago with us. Susan will be on a world- teaching tour from Mexico, Arizona, Italy, Massachusetts and California. We are lucky to be one of her final stops. Her mosaic style is like no other. Baubles and beads and piece of memories fill her palette. Be sure to follow this link to her web site to see what I mean.
Check out the entire schedule here and let us know which classes you are interested in.