Port Salerno Mosaic Studio, previously located in the Fish House Art Center has moved to bigger headquarters in Downtown Stuart. Diane Concepcion, owner/artist and other instructors will offer classes and specialty workshops, including a Special 2 Day Workshop with Martin Cheek in February. Not interested in “making”? This is the place for you! Functional as well decorative items are for sale, or can be ordered for commissions. The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos. It is not too early to make your reservations. It’s amazing what can be mosaicked!
PORT SALERNO MOSAIC STUDIO
208 West Ocean Blvd. Stuart, Fl
Studio Space for Classes, Workshops and Working On Your Own
Shortly after moving in, Diane and Asia threw a ‘Grand Opening celebration” the highlight was a student art show. The many students that enjoy working in the studio over the last three years brought and displayed their artwork . There was plenty of art (purely for art’s sake) but the functional mosaic art…coasters, trays, lazy susans, house numbers…wow! The variety of mosaic art that has been created in the studio over the last 4 years is amazing!
Functional Mosaic Artwork
Diane has enhanced her mosaic self-education at the Union Square Art Cooperative in NYC and at the Institute of Mosaic Art, Berkeley CA. She has attended workshops with Martin Cheek, Mireille Swinnen, Michelle Petno and Jeff Halverson (some of the best known local and international mosaic artists). Diane’s portfolio is as varied as the application of mosaic art can be. She is experienced in stained glass, smelt and picassiette. Diane has applied her art to garden items, upcycled art (mosaicking found items to give them new life), commissions for clients (address plaques, store signs), and has often explored her mosaic artistic voice.
“Not A Transformer” Mosaic by Asia Booth
“Dragon In A Teacup” by Asia Booth, 3D Mosaic Art
Also instructing at the studio is Asia Booth, an award winning mosaic artist of tremendous talent. An avid ‘gamer’, Asia specializes in video game themed art, most of her work features extremely tiny pieces (all hand cut). Asia’s passion for drawing and unique mosaic design is reflected in her art. Her gamer pieces were featured in “A Fractured Perspective” a gallery showing by Luna Mosaics of Orlando. Asia teaches “Intro to Mosaic” and is available during studio hours for students. Asia and Diane recently both placed in the highly competitive Annual McMow Art Glass completion.
Mosaic Jewelry Pendants by Francesca Delorme
Mosaic Portrait by Francesca Delorme
Mosaic artist Francesca Delorme is the third resident artist instructor. Francesca, an accomplished art instructor from the Burke Mountain Academy in VT, has a strong background in graphic design, jewelry design and creation, plus the whole gambit of glass arts, including all forms of mosaic. Francesca rounds out the studio’s staff specializing in ‘picasiette’, the art of making mosaic from broken dishes, china and other found items. Francesca will be presenting a series of classes in picasiette and mosaic techniques (such as andamento and opus) this Fall and Winter.
“Pelican” by Diane Concepcion
In the studio you can buy art, order a custom commission or take classes. The very popular ‘Intro to Mosaic’ day-long workshop provides the basics in mosaic techniques and you go home with your 8”x8’ mosaic wall art. ‘Intro workshop’s are conducted several times a month. You can also take advantage of the ‘Studio Hours’ where you can work on projects at your own pace. There is a reasonable fee for studio hours (which includes use of the tools and materials in the studio).
“Peacock” by Martin Cheek
The highlight of the 2017 season will be a 2 day workshop by Martin Cheek, an internationally known mosaic artist. He has been teaching for over 20 years and is the author of several bestselling books. Martin Cheek incorporates his own glass fusions into his mosaic art and will share that process during the 11-12 February workshop at the studio. Details on this workshop can be found on the studio’s Facebook page or by calling Diane.
Special classes by mosaic artists and artists of other disciplines are being scheduled for 2017. Francesca will be presenting an ‘Opus and Andamento Workshop’. Opus and andamento are time honored techniques used in traditional mosaics. Francesca will review traditional applications and introduce a modern approach, discuss tessellation, patterns, negative/positive space and the student will put this instruction into practice on their own project under Francesca’s guidance. This is an excellent opportunity for advanced beginners or intermediate mosaic artists to delve into some of the more advanced techniques of the art.
The studio will be participating in the St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club Show at the Martin County Fairgrounds on October 22-23. They are particularly excited to be featured as the “Artist in Residence” at the Ground Floor Farm of Stuart, where their art will be featured for the months of December and January. The studio will present a special stepping stone workshop during their residency.
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You can usually find Diane and Asia in the studio Tuesday through Friday from 10:30-4:30pm or every other Saturday (calling in advance is recommended).
Call: 732 804-4715
Check out the studio Facebook page for a look at the artwork being created by Diane, Asia and their students. https://www.facebook.com/PSMosaicStudio
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