MOSAIC ART WEEKEND WORKSHOP:  December 12-13 (half days) at the Harwood Art Center, 1114 Mountain Rd., Albuquerque, NM.  (505) 242-6367.  My class isn't listed on their website yet, so call them for information and cost, as it will probably fill up fast.  In this workshop, you will create your own 8"x8" mosaic piece.  All materials and tools provided.  No artistic ability or experience necessary.  Send me a note on the contact page for more info.

IN OTHER HARWORD ART CENTER NEWS: the hugely popular Harwood 12x12 fundraiser art show is coming up on Dec. 5th, 6pm-8pm.  The gallery will be full of amazingly creative artwork (including some mosaics and recycled/found objects as well as paintings and even sculptures) from lots of artists, all on 12"x12" backboards.  People start lining up early to get in.  The pieces sell for $144 each and the artist names are not revealed until after the piece is sold (and then the piece stays up with the artist name displayed for the next few days).  There's music, great food from local restaurants and it's a blast.  See if you can identify my piece in the show.

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UNM CONTINUING EDUCATION "INTRO TO MOSAIC ART" CLASSES:  I finished teaching a class in Sept. and have two on-going classes now.  If you were a student in one of my previous classes, please feel free to drop in to work on your current piece, share some of your previous work or just see what the students are creating.  Classes are on Wed. and Thurs. evenings, 6pm - 8:30pm, but drop me a line first, because I don't remember when the current class sessions end.

IN OTHER UNM C.E. NEWS: There is an art show in the main CE building lobby of mosaic works created by students in my classes.  Beautiful stuff!  I think the show ends at the end of November, so check it out soon.

VISITING MOSAIC ARTIST WORKSHOP::  I got this announcement from well-known artist,  Kelley Knickerbocker, who visits NM to teach classes a few times a year:

Glass on MIrror: Color, Texture, Bling!
    Saturday/Sunday, 14-15 November, 10am-5pm both days
    Instructor: Kelley Knickerbocker
    Cost:  $350 (includes materials)
    Location: 26 Canon Escondido, Sandia Park, NM
    Level: Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced
    To register, email

    Through demos, Q&A, and creating an 8" x 8" mosaic, students will learn to:  

- Combine stained glass, colored glass shapes (gems, beads, millefiori, etc.), and textured clear glasson a mirror substrate for enhanced sparkle and glow. 

- Use a ring saw to cut spirals and other incursions into glass elements

- Use two great adhesives (Lexel and Ultraviolet-curing) for best glass-on-glass adhesion and clarity

- Mix and apply SpectraLock (Laticrete) epoxy grout, and become familiar with its benefits (stain-proof

  and colorfast, just to name a few), ease, and extra bling (optional metallic additive) potential

 All materials will be provided.

I attended one of Kelley's previous workshops about creative ways to use thinset mortar and it was great. The workshop site - in the east Sandia mountains - is beautiful, too. Tell her I sent you.)



New Mexico has a new organization, MOSAIC NEW MEXICO   We are a group of local mosaic artists coming together to create a forum that will allow members to develop as artists through communication and sharing of ideas and techniques, exhibits and gallery shows, educational opportunities and outreach, community projects and alternative venues for presentation of member's work to the public at large.   Any New Mexico artist working in mosaics is encouraged to join, whatever their level of experience.   

We already have a gallery show planned for next year.  The theme will be Water and I have a great idea about what I want to do.

Mosaic New Mexico also has a Facebook page.