The Best of Man May 27, 2012

From Ravenna, With Love

If we are ever MIA, AWOL or simply NTBF (Not To Be Found), look for us in Ravenna.  This charming Italian city both cherishes the Byzantine mosaics for which it is world famous and challenges the entrenched assumptions of what mosaic should be.  This combination of respect and exploration sings to our mosaic-loving heart and MAN is fortunate to have a number of friends in Ravenna who keep us up to date on the exhibitions and events happening there.

This week’s Featured Articles are great examples of the cutting-edge thinking going on in Ravenna.  We are excited to introduce the incomparable Pascale Beauchamps to MAN readers this week through her current exhibit Movimento Immobile at the Cripta Rasponi.  Last October we were lucky enough to be in Ravenna for the biennial festival RavennaMosaico.  Our second Featured Article is an overview of that incredible experience and our third focuses on the results of the Young Artists and Mosaic (GAEM) exhibit.

Now, put something wonderful on the stereo/boom box/mp3 and enjoy innovation in mosaic.  –  Nancie

Art:  Pascale Beauchamps, Interior Light 2010

Movimento Immobile: Pascale Beauchamps at The Cripta Rasponi in Ravenna An International Contemporary Mosaic Moshpit: RavennaMosaico 2011 Rewarding Innovation in Contemporary Mosaics: Winners of Ravenna’s Young Artists & Mosaic Competition
Featured Tweets of the Week

HISTORY:  Decoding Early Christian Symbols: How to Read Mosaics in Italy

FUN: California Girl photographer Chelsie Clarke captures glimpses of Ravenna & its mosaics Day Tripp’n, Ravenna

VIDEO  2008 visit to the studio of the great mosaic artisan Stephen Miotto provides a lesson in color.

INSPIRATION Coloring Outside the Lines: Christian Faur embeds color coded messages in his crayon art via American Craft

INSPIRATION Fabulous collection of photos from pebble mosaic greats Howarth, Botica, Bale & more

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Last October, we hitched our mosaic wagon to Julie Richey’s 2011 Mosaic Masterpieces Tour and had the ride of our lives.  This year, the award-winning mosaic artist, fearless foodie and connoisseur of cappuccino is taking 12 travelers to Rome and Florence for another 9-day immersion into La Dolce Vita.  Richey is fluent in Italian, lived there twice and has returned to explore that country’s intimate secrets a number of times.  There are only 7 spaces left and you can check out the specifics on Richey’s website here or on the Facebook Page here.  We’re already signed up for 2013.  If you go, send postcards!  

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