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Welcome to Mrs Mosaic's June Newsletter

Beecroft Gallery I thoroughly recommend a visit to the Beecroft Gallery between now and the end of the May.

Last Saturday I visited to see Double Take, a new exhibition of work by @simonmonkstudio and @jenniesharmancox .I’ve only included a few pictures as it’s so much better to see if in person. Their individual styles are very different but sit so well together, sharing an appropriation of childhood objects and vibrant colours.

On the other side of the Beecroft there is a new exhibition, Time and Tide, celebrating the five artists from Old Leigh Studios, put together in a cohesive fashion which really gets the viewer up close and personal with these wonderful paintings and ceramics.

There was a wonderful atmosphere in the gallery with the sounds of jazz wafting from the basement and the hum of conversation from lots of visitors – it made me feel proud of our town.

PS. Also really good to see work from from the valuable programme @emmamarymills runs @netparkwellbeing for people with dementia.


Metal- #LuckyDip

Taking place four times a year, each with different guest hosts, this programme exists to connect local creatives with each other, celebrate the joy in art, platform cross-disciplinary artists and bring people together here at Chalkwell Hall. I enjoyed the first event of this series where Connor Turansky who has designed an interactive workshop for the evening to explain AR ( Augmented Reality)



David Lloyd Exhibition

My mosaics show at David Lloyd Southend is on till the end of April so why not pop down to take a look?

My photos really do not do the space full justice as I am a bit too short to hold my phone camera up so high but here’s a little preview. I think they really bring a burst if vibrant energy to the café space.

If you are not a member already, drop me a dm and we can fix a meet up for me to show you.

Thank you to @goldman.art_ for arranging and helping me hang and of course to @davidlloydsouthend for the opportunity.


Coming Soon: Victoria Centre celebration – BIG UP SOUTHEND!!

Show Up! Southend, IndiRock and The Design Cabin CIC are beavering away making plans for a monthly creative day at The Victoria Shopping Centre. As part of this day will be a Makers Market and Open Mic! The first event will be on 29th April! and I’m super excited to be a part of it with a stall of my mosaics.


Rachel, the key person at Show Up Southend is totally awesome in every aspect so I know it’s going to be an amazing event. Click the link below to see what Show Up Southend is all about, with a great diary of events around town too.



Mrs Mosaic Loyalty Cards

I have recently been introduced a basic paper version of these, have you got yours yet?


I am chuffed that I am remembering to take a photo of them when I mark of another section on the voucher, so if a student misplaces them, I have a record how many marks they’ve accumulated. My next job is to get them printed onto card as they are a bit flimsy!

 

Workshops


Paving slabs – can you tell what it is yet?


This photo shows a pile of paving slab moulds, just to prove I have made some progress towards the return of the Paving Slab classes since my last newsletter! Over the next two months, I am going to make some new samples, as it has been a few years since I made one. Then I can work out timings for offering lessons- although there may only be time this summer to offer two sessions. Several people have expressed an interest so if you are one of them, do feel free to drop me an email with days and times that would work for you, and I will do my best to accommodate.


Stained glass success

There have been quite a few classes this year, and it has been lovely to spread the joy and process involved in making these beginner panel. Because it was so hot last summer, I have decided to only offer a couple more in Spring and then resume in September. But I wanted to celebrate a few of these lovely pieces made with you.


Copper foil work

I am still pushing forward on these designs, and my recent prototypes have made some unique gifts for some special people in my life. I still haven’t worked out if they will become something I sell on stalls or that I offer classes in, or both-the process is time consuming and all absorbing!


 

Exhibitions


Leigh Community Centre Exhibition in November 2023

I have saved the best 'til last, this month.


I am excited to announce (for those of you who haven’t already heard) I’ve got a new opportunity to exhibit my student’s work. This time it is at Leigh on Sea Community Centre, following last year’s successful student show at Andy Downe’s, Little Known Studio in the Leigh Road, which also featured some excellent spoken word and performance poetry from Iain Mitchell’s Sort of Poets group.


A selection of my students’ work will be displayed through the community centre building for the duration of November, one of the busiest periods with the build up to Xmas events. It is a wonderful – if daunting- opportunity for all of us, and there are still lots of questions in my mind about their hanging system. But last time I was grateful for all the support that my students gave me, so I’m sure we can pull it together again!


I need to come up with a name for the show and get them a poster soon, as the first step- and you can help!


Here are my favourite titles suggested so far:

  1. Mrs Mosaic presents some smashing mosaics (from past and present students)

  2. Mrs Mosaics Marvellous Mosaic students

  3. Mrs Mosaics students Show

  4. Mrs Mosaic Collective

Let me know which you like best by clicking the button below, or feel free to email me if you have got an alternative suggestion- I’m all ears!


Which brings me onto wishing you all a restful & happy Easter 2023.

Thank you for reading and continuing to support Mrs Mosaic.


PS: I’m also down at Old Leigh Artist Market on Monday May 1st so firstly send me good weather, or at least not rain, and secondly, if you are around pop down for a great atmosphere with lots of artists doing live demos and original artwork.


If you know of someone who would enjoy reading my newsletter, please feel free to forward this on.

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