Studio Montclair's compelling "Inspired by Quilts" exhibit showcases artwork inspired by the Montclair History Center's antique quilt collection. "Mirror Shrine", a mosaic done in a crazy quilt pattern, is my memorial to honor family members who have lost their battle with cancer. The baroque shape of the frame echos a church window and the fragments of mirror symbolize shattered lives which is reinforced by the deconstructed reflection. Some of the porcelain elements come from dishes that survived a devastating house fire. The tactile method used to create this mosaic from piecing together the elements to removing the grout via vigorous rubbing is very different from oil painting and I found it to be therapeutic. "Mirror Shrine" is dedicated to my mother who passed away from lung cancer.
Mosaic with Mirror Fragments, Found Objects and Tile
35"H x 29"W, $980
Where to see my artwork:
Timothy Smith & Sons LLC; 37 Market St. Onancock VA
Main Street Gallery, 131 Main St., Manasquan NJ
October 12 11:00-3:30pm: "The Bergen County 55th Annual Art in the Park Show and Concert", Van Saun Park, Paramus NJ; (Rain Date October 13)
September 5 - October 19: "Inspired by...Quilts!", Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair NJ, Reception September 6 7:00-9:00pm
September 5 - September 30: "Images of Glen Rock", Glen Rock Public Library, Glen Rock NJ
August 14 - September 14: "Love the Shore", Belmar Arts Council, 608 River Rd., Belmar NJ
For more information and available artwork for sale click here.
Happy Labor Day weekend - woohoo,
Emily Gilman Beezley
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