Lynn Adamo
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SAMA Conference Recap

The 14th annual Society of American Mosaic Artists's conference was held in Houston, Texas, April 30-May 4. It was a great five days of networking, education and creative inspiration. This year I was able to simply be a participant, in contrast to last year when I was the co-lead artist on the Mosaic Marathon in Tacoma. It is a good experience to do that job once, but I was happy to be able to take a couple of workshops this year and just drop in for a two-hour session of the marathon, not be responsible for completing it! This year, Dianne Sonnenberg of Austin was more than up to the task. She and her Austin Mosaic Guild group created a very ambitious tryptich, that was not only big, it was sculptural and very involved. We were concerned they would not finish in time, but indeed they did! On Sunday I went on the bus that took a group of us to the installation site at Smither Park and watched the installation on the community-built, ongoing project that is the memory wall. Here is a photo recap of some of my experiences at the conference. Warning: 20 photos to follow. I won't be insulted if you don't look at them all! :-) Scott Fitzwater working on a panel for the mosaic marathon.

Me doing a little work on the marathon.

At the Salon, I'm posing with the buyer of my piece, Lynne Timm of Dallas.

In Guilio Menossi's Venetian method workshop. Challenging, trying to do precision cutting of smalti on the hammer and hardie. Great to learn; don't think I'll be incorporating this style in my work!

Friends from the Pacific Northwest! L-R: Jill McAvage Smith, Lori Taylor, me, Mark Brody, Scott Fitzwater.

 

Lori and I with our Australian friends Marian Shapiro and Dorothy Burke.

The Sturgeon mosaic displayed in the Mosaic Arts International exhibition.

Work by Guilio Menossi titled "Occhio." Exquisite example of his dynamic mosaic style. Jealous of Julie Dilling, who purchased this piece!

 

Detail of work by Emma Biggs, displayed in the MAI.

Memory Wall at Smither Park. A work in progress, executed by the entire community.

The wall looking down the other way.

Mosaic musician animals!

One of the Mosaic Marathon panels: SAMA members' contribution to the wall.

 

Dianne Sonnenberg and team preparing to install the panels.

 

Example of a sculptural dog taking shape on the wall. If I go back to Houston in 10 years, I doubt if this park will be finished!

 

Detail with a hummingbird.

 

The Austin team with the Dan Phillips,artistic director of the park and the wife of John H. Smither, visionary for this park.

 

Example of art vehicles. Houston is the Art Car Capital!

 

A way crazy art car.

 

Yeah, baby!