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Visiting Artists

Mireille Swinnen

Mireille Swinnen - 2017

Mireille is Belgian by nationality but has lived abroad all her adult life. She spent the past four years on a tour through California teaching workshops on how to use smalti in a painterly style, her preferred medium of expression. Mireille is a proud and celebrated member of Society of American Mosaic Artists and Contemporary Mosaic Artists. Her work his widely coveted and collected.

Over the next three years, Mireille hopes to bring much-needed foreign exposure and new techniques to her most dedicated students in her Belgium based studio, the Orsoni studio in Venice, Italy, and through sporadic tours to the US East and West coast.

Margo Anton

Margo Anton - 2016

Margo Anton found her way to mosaics in a rather circuitous route. Two trips to Europe and half a Classics degree peaked her interest in this ancient art form. A screaming run from the corporate world solidified her need for something unconventional as a career. Shortly thereafter, she launched headlong into the full fledged insanity that is mosaic.

Always searching and revamping her approach to mosaic, she has progressed in her twelve years of mosaic from flat, grouted functional mosaics to her current heavily textured fine art pieces. In an era of “bigger is better”, she has produced continually smaller pieces, starting with her “Mosaic a Day” works, published in a blog started in 2009. This project led Margo towards her line of precision mosaic jewelry, for which she is now known.

Erin Pankratz

Erin Pankratz - 2016, 2017

Erin Pankratz-Smith has been honing her intuitive understanding of colour since her childhood in the Northwest Territories. Erin trained as a ballet dancer till 1994, and then attended Alberta College of Art and Design. In 2011 she created a large mosaic mural for the Edmonton International Airport. In 2013 Erin received the Innovation in Mosaics Award for the juried group exhibition Mosaic Arts International held at the Tacoma Glass Museum. Recollections: An Imperfect Schematic, and exhibition of new works, showed at Enterprise Square Galleries in downtown Edmonton, Alberta in 2015 as part of the local artists series.

Erin has and continues to create mosaic for public, and private clients, and continues to build a robust body of personal work that pushes colour boundaries and blurs the lines between the traditional elements of mosaic: substrate, adhesive, and tesserae.

Carole Choucair Oueijan

Carole Choucair Oueijan - 2016, 2017

Carole Choucair Oueijan is a fine artist whose work in mosaic, watercolor, oil painting and mixed media, have won international honors.

Her art training includes completion of BFA Degree from the Institut National Des Beaux Arts, Lebanon and a Diploma in Interior Design with a specialization in the Byzantine Mosaic Technique in Greece. Her mosaics have a decidedly “painterly” effect that blends realism with abstract seamlessly. Her artwork is exhibited across the US, Lebanon, Italy and Canada. She is the winner of several public art projects in the city of Santa Cruz, Temecula, and Temple City CA.

Linda Biggers

Linda Biggers - 2016

About twenty years ago, Linda, then a graphic designer, began experimenting with eggshell and mixed media mosaic. Mosaic became her medium of choice. She developed a technique that would make eggshell a viable material for mosaic use, and creates mosaics entirely of painted eggshell. She also incorporates eggshell into her mixed media mosaics. With the use of glass, eggshell, natural stone and slate, she is able to create works with texture, brilliant colors and movement that will evoke feelings and emotions to the viewer.

Linda lives in Upstate New York with her husband and two daughters. She is an active participant in local art shows and events in Albany, Saratoga and Adirondack Regions.

Marian Shapiro

Marian Shapiro - 2015

Marian Shapiro lives and works in the Lower Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia. She is a multi-award winning artist and her work is collected worldwide. Marian’s works illustrate her fascination with the creative tension of using ancient techniques and traditional materials to make modern art. Her pieces are often inspired by the materials and by the contrasts that can be achieve by mixing different textures in the same piece: the roughness of marble against the smoothness of glass. She also uses color to lend movement and dimension to her work.

Rachel Sager

Rachel Sager - 2015

Rachel, a Pennsylvania native, works on the cutting edge of the contemporary mosaic fine art movement. Her work has been represented in cities throughout the United States and internationally and has been awarded multiple Best of Show in juried exhibitions. Her Marcellus Shale Series stands as a true Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania success story and her work is collected with passion by private clients and corporations all over the world. Rachel’s time spent studying with Italian maestros has shaped her mosaic philosophy, and she brings these classical techniques home to her native southwestern Pennsylvania with its sandstone, limestone, slate, and coal seams.

Michael Kruzich

Michael Kruzich - 2015

Michael was trained at the prestigious Mosaic Art School in Ravenna, Italy by Maestra Luciana Notturni and her colleagues. His work has exhibited nationally and internationally, winning awards at the annual “Mosaic Arts International” exhibits in 2010 and 2011 as well as appearing in several recent art and mosaic publications. A professional member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, Michael is based in San Francisco, CA where he maintains his studio practice creating fine art mosaics, reproductions and commissions for private/commercial clients and teaching classical Italian principles and methods of making mosaics.

Laurie Mika

Laurie Mika - 2014

Laurie Mika is a mixed-media artist with a passion for combining and overlapping a variety of mediums creating an original style of mixed-media mosaics using handmade polymer clay tile. Laurie’s background in painting is evident in her mixed-media works influenced by medieval and Renaissance art. Her works has won numerous awards, is carried in galleries and privately collected. Laurie teaches her unique techniques worldwide. She is the author of the popular book Mixed-Media Mosaics: Techniques and Projects Using Polymer Clay Tiles, Beads & Other Embellishments.

Laura Rendlen

Laura Rendlen - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017

Laura Rendlen earned her BFA in Sculpture from Kansas City Art Institute and spent 25 years as a scenic painter, creating for film and stage as well as private commissions. She discovered the fine art world of mosaics and combined her painterly style with the 3 dimensional aspects of mosaic. Laura is trained in traditional and non -traditional mosaic techniques and during her 3 years as an educator at Chicago Mosaic School she developed her own approach and methods for her signature style.

Laura has been published in several books, blogs and magazines including Mosaic Fine Art Portraits and Mosaic Art Now magazine. She has also been included three times in the Mosaic Arts International exhibition, and in 2012 she received the prestigious MAI Jurors’ Choice award.

Yulia Hanansen

Yulia Hanansen - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Yulia, owner of Mosaic Sphere Studio, LLC is an internationally known artist with the life-time experience in fine arts. She was awarded "Best of Show" at the 2011 Mosaic Arts International for her work Jupiter: Great Red Spot. Yulia is currently teaching Printmaking and Arts Foundations classes at Towson University. She has taught or assisted teaching fine art subjects at several institutions including: University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Columbia University, Cooper Union, Ann Arbor Art Center, Chicago Mosaic School and SAMA conference workshops and her work has been exhibited nationwide as well as in other countries.

Carol Shelkin

Carol Shelkin - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Taking to art as soon as she was able to hold a crayon, Carol started attending  Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia.   It was made clear at a young age that her life would be centered on her passion for art. She continued her artistic direction with studies at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.   After attending PAFA, she opened an arts nursery school/child care where she continues to work today. Carol teaches a variety of art mediums world-wide, but mosaics are her passion first and foremost. Her works are original and intricate designs that eminent care and attention to detail with hand cut glass. She has been published in several books and most recently is a featured artist in Contemporary Mosaic Art - Mosaic Portraits 2010. Carol has been honored as a juried member of PA Guild of Craftsmen 2010 and is exhibited and collected widely.

Kim Wozniak

Kim Wozniak - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017

Owner of WitsEnd Mosaics and Smalti.com Kim is trained in art and architectural design, and has found her voice in mosaics. After leaving the corporate world Kim reclaimed her creative spirit. Her rule breaking style has lead to her to create both public and private installations throughout United States and her fine art mosaics are exhibited internationally.

Debora Aldo

Debora Aldo - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016

Deb Aldo is principal designer of Pietre Dure Design a company that designs, fabricates and installs both interior and exterior mosaics. She has spent the last 7 years rounding out her technical expertise working with masons and wall tillers on commission work. A certified teaching artist in the state of Connecticut as well as a member of the New England Consortium of Artist-Educator Professionals, Deb has been teaching art for almost 20 years. In addition to working at RISD and the Mystic Art Center Deb travels the country teaching pebble mosaics, which is her specialty.

Andrea Shreve Taylor

Andrea Shreve Taylor - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017

Andrea has been a mosaic artist since 2000, and has created art in a variety of mediums throughout her life. One of her earliest memories is learning how to draw horses at age three, and has honed her skills in representing animals in art ever since then. Her mosaic art spans from large-scale architectural murals to sculptures to jewelry, but her specialty is pet and animal mosaic portraiture. Her award-winning work has been shown and collected nationally. Her primary professional experience is in media and technical instruction, conducting adult training programs since 1994 and teaching mosaic art since 2004. At last count, she has taught well over 900 adult students and countless children in various topics in the art of mosaic. Andrea is a past Executive Board member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists. She has served as Maverick’s Director of Education and Curriculum Development, and is currently on hiatus from that position in order to attend college courses to become certified in Web Design.

Kelley Knickerbocker

Kelley Knickerbocker - 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Kelley works in numerous mediums for architectural clients, but in her personal work she returns again and again to glass. The visual depth and light-handling properties of glass, as well as its seemingly limitless palette of colors, offer up endless possibilities for dimensional exploration. From those explorations Kelley has developed her signature stacked glass techniques, in which glass is layered over itself and set on edge to create unique dimension and color blending. In 2006, after a year of intense study of mosaic technique and installation with professionals across the U.S., Kelly left a 22-year administrative career at the University of Washington to found her Seattle studio, Rivenworks Mosaics, from which she designs, fabricates and installs custom fine art and architectural mosaics for residential, commercial, and public art clients

Laurel Skye

Laurel Skye - 2012

Laurel is the author of Mosaic Renaissance: Reviving Classic Tile Art with Millefiori. and teaches a variety of workshops at her home / studio Skyelab in Arcata, California where she also runs and own Laurel Skye Designs, which is part retail tiles and supplies, part workshops and gallery, and part a mosaic house odyssey. Laurel has taught workshops extensively at locations including The Institute of Mosaic Art (Oakland, CA) Society of American Mosaic Artists Conferences in San Francisco, San Diego, Arizona, and Chicago, as well as classes Texas, New York, Portland, Montreal, and Tuscany, Italy. She has also been featured in books and on television, including, JoAnn Loctov’s Mosaic Art and Style, a segment on HGTV’s Offbeat America, several TV News spots, and has been featured in mosaic art magazines and extensive newspaper articles.

Sherri Warner Hunter

Sherri Warner Hunter - 2009, 2010, 2011

Sherri Warner Hunter’s award winning artwork work is exhibited across the country. Since moving to Bell Buckle, TN in 1994, Hunter has concentrated on large-scale public commissions and community built projects. Hunter is the author of "Making Concrete Garden Ornaments" and "Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden." The books were developed from expertise honed through decades of teaching.

Shug Jones

Shug Jones - 2008, 2009, 2010

Shug has been creating portraits and representational mosaic art in a variety of mediums since the age of twelve and is adept at capturing a subject’s likeness. Shug Jones founded Tesserae Mosaic Studio in Plano, TX in 2001. She and co-owner, Julie Dilling, provide custom design, fabrication and installation services creating a wide variety of mosaic art. Shug currently serves as President of The Society of American Mosaic Artists.

Susan Crocenzi

Susan Crocenzi - 2011

Susan comes to us from Nevada City, California. As a mixed media mosaic artist it has been said that her works celebrate the natural rhythm and flow of the materials. She dares to relinquish control and simply allows the story she's telling to unfold. She is collected and exhibited widely and teaches her unique art form nationally. Her work has been featured in several publications, including Mosaic: Finding Your Own Voice, and Breakout , Mosaic Art Now Magazine, 2008, and the cover of textbook, Communication Mosaics.

Brit Hammer

Brit Hammer - 2010

Brit is well known in the international mosaic community for her bold, abstract fine art mosaics. In addition to her role as artist and teacher, Brit is an independent motivational speaker driven by a passion to inspire everyone to connect with the artist within. In addition, she is the author of the bestselling books Breakout! Your Pathway to Success and Mosaic: Finding Your Own Voice. Brit lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Alfredo Rattinoff

Alfredo Rattinoff - 2010, 2011

Born in Argentina Alfredo studied at the National School of Ceramica in Buenos Aires, and then in Madrid, Barcelona and Florence. Alfredo specializes in large murals and has been commissioned extensively throughout the U.S. He is currently a faculty member with the ceramic department at The Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associates Program in Washington, DC, and artist-in-residence for Lee Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia. Among his many awards in 2004 he was selected by the Embassy of Italy to lead workshops in mosaic at Georgetown University sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment of Humanities in Washington D.C.

Jane Pettit

Jane Pettit 2011

Jane has been making and teaching art since she was an adolescent in Vermont. Her art is a unique combination of collage, assemblage and mosaic. She encourages her students to start with a vision and let the art evolve as the materials interact. She is passionate about breathing life into portraits made of recycled bits and blurring the line between realism and abstraction. A resident of Metropolitan Washington, DC Jane's work can be seen in area galleries. She has won awards for originality and excellence and is illustrated in the Capital Area Food Bank calendar.

Gwyn Kaitis

Gwyn Kaitis - 2009

Gwyn is an instructor of mosaic at both the Chicago Mosaic School and in her studio in Joliet, IL. She displays a special passion for animals and particularly enjoys completing portraits of pets in the mosaic medium. Her Pet Portraiture workshop at Maverick was a memorable and deeply inspirational experience for all involved. Gwyn donates a portion of her business profits to assist homeless and abused animals.

Ilana Shafir

Ilana Shafir - 2006, 2007, 2008

Ilana Shafir is known as the master of the “Spontaneous Mosaic,” a marvelous and uniquely intuitive approach to working in mosaic that incorporates traditional tesserae and found objects, as well as signature ceramic pieces created by the artist. Ilana lives and works in Ashkelon, Israel.