Shining Sea Bike Path Mosic Mural. Created by Cape Cod Mosaic Workshops. Design by Erica Szuplat.
When we decided to teach a workshop on mosaic murals for community public spaces we thought about the possible locations to place the mural. First, we wanted to utilize materials that we already had in stock. Our collection of stained glass remnants has grown over the years, mostly from stained glass artists who have seek me out as a fellow artist who could relieve them of their scrap glass. Why, just the other day as I got into my car at the hair salon where I work part time, I noticed that someone had left a beautiful china plate with a flower design next to my front door. It had broken in half. I know that my Mini Cooper stands out and with the Cape Cod Mosaic Workshops sign on the rear door it's quite obvious who I represent. Anyway, that act of kindness put a smile on my face :)
Moving along...We considered asking schools if they were interested and other pullic spaces like Town Hall, but first on our list was the Falmouth Service Center. I called on my old friend Erica Szuplat of Wisha Studios to create the design. Erica is a talented illustrator and designer who has worked on all of our recent community projects. She jumped at the chance, having been a long time donator and advocate for this local food pantry. Brenda Swain, who is the director met with Erica and Jim and began hashing out a conceptual design. We are going to use up our stained glass collection and place our mural inside the Falmouth Service Center lobby. They are doing a renovation and it will fit into their plans perfectly.
The planning process is fun but challenging. We have to consider the abilities of the students who will be particpationg. Most of them will be newbies. But, we will also have some of our very talented friends participate who have worked on our other murals like Claudia Hinkle whois always there to to the hard details when we ask. So let the fun begin!
Here is a link to the workshop description.
We are so excited that Lynne Chinn has agreed to come back to Cape Cod to teach at Highfield Hall again. Last summer she was slated to teach at the National Mosaic Exhibiton on Cape Cod on August 28th and 29th. An uninvited guest arrived to complicate things, though. Her name was Irene and she packed hurricane force winds that pummeled the East Coast. Students from Canada to New Jersey were turned back form their travels. Those who were already in town, though were treated to a marathon class on August 29th - the day after the storm. Once they drove around the fallen trees that blocked the road to Highfield Hall, Lynne was able to teach from 8 am - 6 pm that day and the students were able to learn as much as she could give them.
So, for those who couldn't make it, we hope to see you this year on June 25 - 27th for a sure thing. ( hurricane season doesn't begin unitl late August ;)