Attendance will be open to all registered attendees for this series of business and professional artist focused discussions designed for our professional members looking to improve their business skills, take their work to a new market, expand their outreach, and grow their art business.  The evening will inspire and motivate emerging professional members to take the next steps toward growing their businesses and advancing their art practices. 

Sonia King, VisionShift at Hall Arts in the Dallas Arts District, 2015, glass, ceramic, stone

Sonia King, VisionShift at Hall Arts in the Dallas Arts District, 2015, glass, ceramic, stone

The Art of Pricing with Tami Macala, Erin Pankratz-Smith, and Sonia King
Moderated by Katherine England

Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 6:00pm – 6:50pm
Bayview Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

From the first timid placement of our first mosaic tile experience to creating large professional installations, the journey often involves the question “how much?” This panel of professional mosaicists and teachers will address how each approaches the issue of pricing their work. Also, as teachers we are often approached by students that are entering the world of selling their work and want to know where to begin. This is a subjective topic and honestly, very personal, so we often avoid sharing numbers. My hope with this panel is to expose artists who are on many differing journeys to the thought process, considerations, and concerns of professional mosaic artists. Each panelist will talk for ten+ minutes and the remainder of time will be devoted to audience questions and discussion.


Katherine England is a prolific, visual artist who also teaches children of all ages in schools, her studio, and at art retreats nationwide. In addition to creating and promoting public works of art, Katherine has taught and been an activist for art education in the public school system for over 20 years. Her favorite media are glass, tile, and tesserae. A variety of people and institutions seek out Katherine to create unique commissioned pieces for their offices, stores, and places of employment, and her work can be seen in both private and public collections throughout the US.

Tami Macala is the founder/owner of Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art, Mosaic Arts Online, and All Cracked Up Mosaics. She discovered mosaics accidentally while working as a costumer on well-known movies and television shows. Tami was able to hone her mosaic skills while still dressing actors until it was viable to retire and switch gears. Now, as a full-time professional mosaic artist, she has over 15 years of experience creating large-scale installations for homes and businesses. As an educator, she brings her passion for mosaic art to each workshop she teaches as well as retreats to Todos Santos, Mexico. Tami continues to evolve as both an artist and teacher and as long she continues to explore mosaic art, she knows she is in the right place.

Erin Pankratz-Smith has been honing her intuitive understanding of color since her childhood in the Northwest Territories. Erin studied ballet until the age of 20, and then art at Alberta College of Art and Design. In 1998, she began to explore mosaic and in 2011, she “turned pro” with a 436-square-foot mosaic for the Edmonton International Airport. In 2013 Erin received the Innovation in Mosaics Award from the SAMA juried group exhibition Mosaic Art International, and began sharing her innovative approach and techniques in workshops across North America. She continues to create mosaics for public, corporate, and private clients, and build a robust body of personal work that pushes color boundaries and blurs the lines between the traditional elements of mosaic: substrate, adhesive, and tesserae.

Sonia King’s award-winning mosaic art is exhibited internationally and represented in private, public, and museum collections. Her mosaic, Depthfinder, is the first by an American to enter the permanent collection of contemporary mosaic art at the Museo d’Arte della Città di Ravenna, Italy. VisionShift, a large-scale, site-specific mosaic was recently installed in the Dallas Arts District. Sonia is a Senior Tutor at West Dean College in England and instituted the mosaic program at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas. She is a founding member and President Emeritus of SAMA and past Vice President of the Associazione Internazionale Mosaicisti Contemporanei in Italy. Sonia’s work has been featured on HGTV’s Modern Masters and in numerous books. She teaches advanced workshops around the world and wrote the bestselling book Mosaic Techniques and Traditions from Sterling Publishing.


Marian teaching at a recent SAMA conference

Marian teaching at a recent SAMA conference

Opening the Door – Teaching Mosaics to Adults with Marian Shapiro

Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 7:00pm – 7:50pm
Location: Bayview Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

Many people end up teaching mosaics by default with no clear idea of how to go about it, unsure what they want to teach or if, indeed, they should even try. Professional mosaic artist, Marian Shapiro, shares her 25 years’ experience of teaching adults, nine of them spent teaching mosaic.

In this PowerPoint presentation she will reference her own mosaic teaching experience to examine a series of questions that aspiring teachers may want to ask themselves. Marian will encourage you to think through whether you really want to add teaching to your portfolio of mosaic skills, and if so, what you need to do to feel confident in taking that first step. Areas covered will include:

  • Who, me? The whys and whats of teaching mosaics;
  • Defining your target audience;
  • Planning and writing a mosaic course;
  • Putting it out there – Finding your teaching style;
  • Different ways of doing it – Small groups, large groups, one to one, mentoring;
  • Practicalities – Where? When? And how much?;
  • Finding a balance – How does teaching inform my art practice and vice versa? and
  • The two-way street – How can both students and teachers make the best of their learning experience?

Participants will gain an insight into the rewarding process of teaching adults the ancient art of mosaics and will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

Marian Shapiro began teaching mosaics in 2008, bringing her 20 years’ experience of teaching in the computer industry into the creative field. A working artist specializing in art and architectural commissions, she teaches regularly at a local arts center in the lower Blue Mountains in Australia. She has presented talks and taught hands-on mosaic skills in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, and the UK, including two highly-successful workshops at SAMA. In 2012, she was honored to be the first mosaic artist invited to speak and teach at the NZSAG (New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass) conference in Wanganui, NZ. Marian teaches in small groups to ensure all participants benefit fully and leave with practical and usable skills. She is passionate about providing excellent teaching, giving students a strong technical and creative foundation from which to confidently explore the mosaic art form.


Bonnie glam shotLEGACY PROGRAMS: Finding Them, Funding Them, and Fulfilling Them with Bonnie Fitzgerald

Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 8:00pm – 8:50pm
Location: Bayview Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

Working with schools, not-for-profits, and underserved populations can be richly rewarding. Many mosaic artists want to give back to their communities by creating community-based “legacy projects.” As the “artist,” you may find yourself wearing many different hats, including “fundraiser,” “designer,” “crew,” and more. Over the past ten years Bonnie Fitzgerald has developed a “Legacy Program” working with local schools and not-for-profits creating large-scale mosaic public art works. How do you find these opportunities, or how can you create them? How can they be funded? What can we do for that amount of money? Most importantly, how can you foster a spirit of kinship and community, make cool art, and create a meaningful and positive experience for everyone involved. During this talk, Fitzgerald will not only share tips and insights from projects she has spearheaded, but will cite examples by other SAMA members who have legacy and community education experiences.

Bonnie Fitzgerald designs and fabricates architectural mosaics for a wide variety of clients. She is the founder of Maverick Mosaics, a working mosaic art studio in metropolitan Washington, D.C. Bonnie teaches workshops throughout North America including the Smithsonian Institution, and leads study tours to destinations in Europe. She is the author of two bestselling mosaic books Guide to Mosaic Techniques (2015) and 300+ Mosaic Tips, Techniques, Templates and Trade Secrets (2012). Bonnie is a former SAMA Board of Trustees Executive Committee member and a longtime SAMA supporter. and

Kim Emerson’s “River of Life” mosaic moves through the main lobby of Rady Children’s Hospital, under a glass wall, and into a garden.

Kim Emerson’s “River of Life” mosaic moves through the main lobby of
Rady Children’s Hospital, under a glass wall, and into a garden.

Presentation of the Mosaic Arts International – Mosaic In Situ Exhibition with Kim Emerson

Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 9:00pm – 9:45pm
Location: Bayview Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

The Mosaic In Situ Exhibition will be presented through images featured in the 2016 Mosaic Arts International Catalog, in a dedicated image gallery on the SAMA Website and discussed during this presentation, moderated by Kim Emerson.

For the first time, SAMA’s Exhibitions Committee has devoted an entire exhibition to this vital segment of mosaic art, selected by 2016 Juror, Sherri Warner Hunter.   Guided by Ms. Emerson’s expert perspective, the work of the exhibition will be discussed with the artists attending the conference, sharing behind the scenes stories of each work.  Learn of the challenges, rewards, and creative discoveries these artists experienced during the creation, fabrication and installation of each work.

Work within the Mosaic In Situ Exhibition features mosaic art installations which are permanently affixed to the intended environment. Public Art, Private Commissions, Community Projects, Large-scale Sculpture, and Surface Design.

2016 Best In-Situ Project and Best Community Project  will be awarded during the Presentation. 

Best In Situ Project – $500 – work that exemplifies excellence in design and installation methods. Sustaining harmony and timelessness with the surrounding architecture & environment.

Best Community Project – $500 – work that exemplifies excellence in design and installation methods. Representative of the community and organization for whom and where it is installed.

Kim Emerson has been designing and creating mosaic installations for private and public spaces since 1990. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Architectural History, and her Master of Science in Historic Preservation of Architecture both from the University of Oregon, School of Architecture and Allied Arts. Prior to establishing her own business, Kim Emerson Mosaics, LLC, Kim worked for Architect Milford Wayne Donaldson, F.A.I.A., and world-renowned artist James Hubbell. She also has extensive experience working with non-profit organizations, construction, arts education, galleries, and museums. A selection of her largest commissions were contracted with Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego for Carley’s Magical Gardens, City of Cerritos, CA with Los Angeles County Public Art Program, the City of Carlsbad, the City of San Diego, the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts, the ABHOW Foundation in Arizona and California, and the Citizen’s Council for the Arts in Couer d’ Alene, Idaho. ~