Call for SAMA Mosaic Marathon Volunteers…
Loews Philadelphia Hotel, March 10 – 15, 2015
The Mosaic Marathon brings together our members for an opportunity to create a large scale mosaic. This artwork is a lasting piece of art to be donated to a local charity or needy establishment in our host conference city. As a non-for-profit organization, this is an opportunity for SAMA to give back to the art community and create a lasting reminder of the legacy of SAMA and its mission.
If you would like to volunteer to participate in the creation of this fabulous piece of art please e-mail Regina Coyle the hours you would like to volunteer at the following address…. Marathon@AmericanMosaics.org
The hours available are:
Tuesday, March 10, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Wednesday, March 11, 8:00am – 10:00pm
Thursday, March 12, 8:00am – 10:00pm
We need 10 volunteers per hour to work on the mosaic and an additional 2 volunteers per hour to assist the new volunteers get setup, give direction etc.
Thank you for generously giving your time and we look forward to meeting all of you!
The Mosaic Marathon is an integral part of SAMA’s annual conference. In addition to workshops, presentations, and distinguished featured speakers, the Mosaic Marathon brings together our members for an opportunity to create a large scale mosaic. This artwork is a lasting piece of art to be is donated to a local charity or needy establishment in our host conference city. As a non-for-profit organization, this is an opportunity for SAMA to give back to the art community and create a lasting reminder of the legacy of SAMA and its mission.
The 2015 Mosaic Marathon Project Benefactor will be Robert Morris Elementary School which serves the residents of Brewerytown in North Central Philadelphia. With the recent school closures and budget cuts, Robert Morris has been hit especially hard. Last year they accepted nearly 200 new students from the shuttered Reynolds Elementary. Most of these students came from the Blumberg Housing projects, presenting a host of developmental issues as well challenges with students coming from a different part of the neighborhood. During this transition, Robert Morris was reduced to 1 nurse 2 days a week, 1 counselor and more recently, 1 school security officer to split time between 2 schools. All of these challenges mean that special projects and beautification efforts are put at the end of the line while the day to day challenges of running a school become critical. With no current art program, the participation and installation of a mosaic in the school lobby becomes transformative in so many ways.
With the coordinating efforts of SAMA, the Mosaic Society of Philadelphia, Robert Morris Elementary Principal, Kathleen Behr Dopkin, City of Philadelphia Asst. Managing Director and Central Division Coordinator, PhillyRising, Daniel O’Brien, and Lead Artists, Claire Brill and Jessica Gorlin Liddell, the 2015 project is going to make a lasting impact on the participants, and the community. Principal, Kathleen Behr Dopkin, “I am VERY excited about the direction this is taking! I like all of your concepts and think it will work well in both transforming our wall and continuing our efforts to loop our students into seeing the future!”
Mosaic Design and Description
Five panels will be created to cover the brown bricks on the school’s lobby wall, leaving the existing orange and yellow bricks to frame the piece. The design uses interlocking circles of many sizes. Within the larger circles are images that represent what the students are learning about. An emphasis is placed on science and math through images of: earth, stars, sun, clouds, atom, the butterfly (metamorphosis), a leaf (nature), and an infinity symbol.
The words and overall feeling are intended to inspire the students in their aspirations for their lives. Seventh grade students will assist in making small medallions out of clay that will be incorporated into the background depicted as small circles on the drawing. (Given the tight time frame for making the project, the bottom panel may not be completed.)
Claire Brill is known throughout the Philadelphia area for bringing community members together on projects. Through her business, Mosaic Spaces, she creates large mosaic murals for schools,art centers, public sites, businesses, and private residences. In her fine art Claire uses handmade tile and objects found in nature in combination with more traditional materials such as stained glass, smalti, and stone. Claire is the recipient of the Icons of Media award. Additionally, she is on the Board of Directors’ Governance Committee and a Charter Member of MSoP!
Jessica Gorlin Liddell has been making mosaics professionally for over 15 years. Her work can be found in private collections and public spaces throughout the country. She enjoys teaching her craft to others and is enthusiastic about the medium. Over the years, her business has been featured in many books and magazines. Her work has appeared on the NBC 10 Show, Good day Philadelphia, HGTV and the Travel Channel.