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Artist of the Month
December 9 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Vera Melnyk is our featured artist this month. Stop by the tasting room to meet Verna on Sunday, December 9th from 2 to 5 pm with complimentary appetizers. Enjoy LIVE music from 3 pm to 5 pm featuring Nick Garrett-Powell & Shae Celine performing a special holiday program, old favorites, and new songs!
I came upon mosaic work serendipitously. Several years ago I began with mosaic tables and vases for my yard. As I began to experiment with materials and techniques, my mosaics began to evolve. I started producing fine art mosaics in 2014. Early motifs included leaves, flowers, the sun, and moon, plus other shapes that I saw in nature. With time, making mosaics became more about the materials and less about the subject matter. They became more organic and abstract, which I think suited the materials well. Now when I create a mosaic, I spend more time thinking about the texture and color of the materials as well as their juxtaposition than the final design. It is very difficult work at times, requiring precision and dexterity. It can be tough on the hands. The materials have many shapes and textures. They include stone, minerals, glass, and marble. The materials come from all over the world. The Smalti comes from Italy. Some stones come from as far away as Turkey, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The rocks are gathered from all over the world including the US as well as Italy, Peru and other parts of Central and South America. When designing a composition I rely on the feel of the stone in addition to its appearance. The process is very organic and many of my designs are not planned in advance. I hope you enjoy viewing them.