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One Tessera at a Time with Sonia King

Workshop Description

Congratulations to Sonia King, one of this years James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artists. Sonia will teach a workshop and give a free lecture to the JRA members in November 2017, and anyone locally who wishes to participate is welcome. Maverick Mosaics is happy to share information about Sonia's time in Washington, DC. this is not a Maverick Mosaics workshop, it is sponsored by the James Renwick Alliance.

The James Renwick Alliance is an independent national non-profit organization that celebrates the achievements of America’s craft artists and fosters scholarship, education, connoisseurship and public appreciation of craft art. Founded in 1982, the Alliance fulfills its mission through public programs, educational trips, publications, recognition of craft artists, and financial support of museums and other non-profit organizations, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Workshop Saturday, November 18.

Sonia will discuss both the aesthetic and practical side of mosaic art. ‘A Historical Perspective on a Contemporary Art’ will look at mosaics around the world from ancient to modern, emphasizing how to look at mosaic art. Then she’ll take us inside the creation of a major public art project from conception to installation. This will be followed by a demonstration of cutting techniques, both ancient and modern. The morning begins with a brief meet-and-greet with the artist over coffee and pastries. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to attend a potluck dinner with the artist on Saturday evening. Space may be limited.

Lecture "One Tessera at a Time." Free and open to the public. Sunday, November 19.

A mosaic, whether abstract or figurative, opens a creative dialogue between the artist and the viewer. A dialogue guided by the interplay of color, light and texture, the manipulation of scale, the discovery of the unknown potential of natural materials, the mastery of technique and the artist’s patient dedication to the process of picking up one tessera, placing it and choosing the piece that goes next to it.

Creating a career in the arts requires focus, tenacity and vision. Sonia King will share her life in mosaic, developed through a process of personal, artistic and historical exploration. Follow the journey as she develops her artistic voice, see the creation of the intuitive mosaic process, the installation of large-scale public art projects and the work that comprises an original and unique voice in the art of mosaic. Beginning with the hope of making a living in mosaic, Sonia’s story culminates with the inclusion of her mosaic, Depthfinder, in the permanent collection of the Museo d’Arte in Ravenna, Italy.

Workshop Details

Workshop Tuition $50 JRA members, $60 non-members

Contact James Renwick Alliance to register. Workshop shop location Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD

Click here for JRA website.

Workshop Date/Time:

Workshop: Saturday, November 18, 9:30 am - noon, at Glen Echo Park

Free Lecture: Sunday, November 19, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Katzen Arts Center, American University