Spent last week in [beautiful] Houston, Texas at the annual Society of American Mosaics Artists conference. I was in the company of 300 other mosaic artists, so I felt right at home.
It is important to talk with as many other artists as possible at one of these conferences, in order to find out how others solve technical problems, run their businesses, teach students, and think about how mosaic work fits into the universe. One great way to chat with other mosaicists informally is over the table at the Mosaic Marathon. ‘What is the Mosaic Marathon?’ you may ask.
At each year’s conference the team in the host city selects a worthy non-profit entity to receive a mosaic installation created by the conference attendees during conference week. Yes, you read that right: hundreds, maybe thousands, of person-hours go into the production of a piece of art in only four days. Scary to anticipate and plan for, but satisfying once the project is installed.
Here are a few scenes from the production of our three panels that were installed in Smither Park on Sunday morning.