A short history of the workshop
During the autumn of 2006, the Workshop unwittingly began with the acceptance of my submission to a local exhibition competition (Horses – Saratoga Style). The magnitude of the project was quickly realized and, in retrospect, it was an enormous undertaking. Fortunately, the project generated the energy to propel us forward into the vast world of mosaic. After completing Starry Night, I traveled to Venice to study design and color with master mosaicist Lucio Orsoni.
In 2008, a small group (several of whom had previously assisted on the Saratoga project) working collaboratively, began another ambitious project: 16-site specific exterior panels. These mosaics were a part of the renovation of several turn of the century buildings on the main street of our village. This work resulted in the small group officially becoming the Canal Crossing Mosaic Workshop. As we worked, we became more fascinated with mosaic, and increasingly committed to learning the ancient techniques of mosaic art.
Upon completion of the window project, we traveled to Italy, desirous to view and study the historic Roman and Byzantine mosaics of Ravenna, Florence and Rome. On this journey we have gained knowledge, skill and appreciation of mosaic. This ancient art form is a wonderful medium and offers so much possibility: different surfaces, materials, and treatments from micro to a grand scale.
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