Uncharted Mosaic Lands at Penn College, The Bounty of Art Below Us and Revelatory Artisan Tiles

This week’s BOM is so full of mosaic goodness you’re going to need a second cup of coffee.  Really.

We’re starting off with a review of Terra Incognita, an absolutely splendid exhibition currently on view the Gallery at Penn State in Williamsburg, Pennsylvania. For us, this collection of 56 works from five award-winning mosaic artists is the finest showing of the mosaic art form in the US to date.

You don’t need a backhoe to unearth the mosaic art treasures that lie beneath the streets of New York City.  All it takes is a token and the time to stop and enjoy the tesserae in that city’s subway system.  NYC’s WNET recently produced a marvelous documentary, Treasures of New York: Art Underground, and we are delighted to offer it and a review by George Fishman here on MAN.  Interviews with artists Faith Ringgold, Andrea Deszo, Jason Middlebrook and Stephen Miotto focus on the uniquely rich relationship between artists and mosaic artisans.

Did you know there is a whole section on MAN devoted to Artisan Tiles?  Indeed there is and we have The Tileista, JoAnn Locktov, to thank for these fabulous articles.  After you’ve read The Bearable Lightness of Being about artisan Jasna Sokolovic we think you’ll be back to that category for more.

Heated up the kettle yet?  You’d best get on it!  Enjoy – Nancie

Art:  Gallery goers explore JeanAnn Dabb’s Imaginary Archeology I:39 19′ 32″; -112 34′ 36″  Photo Cindy D. Meixel, College at Penn State

Terra Incognita: Dabb, Kettering Dimit, Fisher, Hanansen and Sager Lynch at the Gallery at Penn College PBS Documentary: “Treasures of New York: Art Underground” The Bearable Lightness of Being: Jasna Sokolovic
Featured Tweets of the Week

INSPIRED  Apple goes Gaudi in Barcelona! Custom tiles of app logos make beautiful mosaics on building facade  ht.ly/clIFV  SLIDESHOW

TRIUMPH of mosaic art conservation! Millard Sheets masterpieces to live again in new hotel. Thx to Dallas Daily News ht.ly/cze5u  SLIDESHOW

WATCH The Fabled Mosaic Man of NYC, Jim Power, and his Mosaic Trail profiled by Etsy in a great VIDEO  ht.ly/ckFKn

LISTEN  Interview with student & professor from BYU who discovered mosaic of Samson and The Foxes in an ancient synagogue ht.ly/cybI8 AUDIO

WATCH Artist Aaron Rose talk about his inspiration –  Simon Rodia and his famous WattsTowers ht.ly/cuOBM VIDEO

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