“Unfurled”, a collaborative glass mosaic created by over fifty professional mosaic artists, has been installed in the heart of Southend Charlotte, NC. A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and dedication will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at 4pm. The public is cordially invited to attend and meet many of the artists involved in the 8′ x 17′ mural.
Coordinated by Pam Goode of Ciel Gallery + Mosaic Studio, the mosaic covers about 100 square feet on East Park Avenue. The lush art nouveau style design was created by Lin Schorr of Lin Schorr Mixed Media Mosaics, Novi, Michigan.
“Every city benefits from public art,” says Goode, “and Charlotte is no exception. We wanted to add a piece to the Art & Design District that would be colorful, vivacious, interactive, and expertly constructed. The mosaic contains fun scavenger hunt elements such as a frog, heart, and chameleon camouflaged in the greenery. We want the public to explore the shapes and forms and hopefully become a bit inspired.”
The project has been underway for about a year. Having worked together on several of Schorr’s previous collaborative projects in Michigan, Goode was eager to team up in Charlotte. Once Schorr completed the design and carved it into manageable sections, Goode put out a call to artists and selected over fifty to participate. Soon the petals, leaves and ferns made their way to Charlotte from across the US as well as from Canada, Germany, and France.
“Response to the project has been fabulous,” says Goode. “All of the art was donated; in fact, we received participation requests from about three times as many artists as we could use for this project. We knew we wanted to create a piece for Charlotte that would highlight the beauty of glass mosaic as well as provide as many artists as possible with a professional piece for their portfolios. We weren’t able to secure funding through usual channels, so a successful Kickstarter campaign helped us cover the bulk of the installation costs, and Laticrete International generously donated adhesive and grout for the project.”
Installers included Schorr, during a week-long visit from Michigan, as well as artists from Hickory, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Georgia. Most of the grouters were local, adding to the Charlotte flavor of the artwork and giving even more artists an opportunity to participate. Charlotte welder Theron Ross provided the frame. “We’re thrilled that Unfurled benefits not only art lovers in Charlotte,” says Goode, “but global and local artists as well. It just fits perfectly with the mission of Ciel.”
Collaborators included: Lin Schorr and Pam Goode, with assistance from: artists: Lynn Adamo, Tina Alberni, Gwen Basilica, Grace Blowers, Cherie Bosela, Cindi Buhrig, Candace Clough, Robert Crum, Judy Davis, Francesca DeLorme, Lori Desormeau, Lynn Dubnicka, Amanda Edwards, Virginia Gardner, Suzan Germond, Pam Goode, Janet Green-Althoff, Vicki Hanson-Burkhart, Mary Hinchey, Teresa Hollmeyer, Juli Hulcy, Glynnis Kaye, Sally May Kinsey, Kelley Knickerbocker, Cecilia Kremer, Jennifer Kuhns, Kim Larson, Tammi Lynch-Forrest, Kathy Manzella, Ali Mirsky, Francoise Moulet, Valerie Nicoladze, Patricia Ormsby, Erin Pankratz-Smith, Lee Ann Petropoulos, Sharon Plummer, Flair Robinson, Claire Roche, Karen Sasine, Marita Schauerte, Lin Schorr, Joan Schwartz, Carol Shelkin, Dianne Sonnenberg, Suzanne Steeves, Kathy Thaden, Susan Turlington, Linda Vaden-Martin, Susanne Vernon, Carolyn Wagner, Susan Walden, Dyanne Williams; Installers/Grouters: Tina Alberni, Susan Clegg, Candace Clough, Wendy Floyd, Pam Goode, Vernon Goode, Vicki Hanson-Burkhart, Ashley Hayward, Maria Headrick, Teresa Hollmeyer, Linda Holmes, Grace Kuelz, Beverly Lawing, Tammi Lynch-Forrest, Jason Mabry, Kate Mabry, Kira Pardue, Micheal Pardue, Maryanna Richbourg, Theron Ross, Lin Schorr, Ann Shaver, Suzanne Soucy; Supporters: Laticrete International, Robyn Abrams, Stephanie Angel, Cynthia Buhrig, Cheryl Chitayat, Line Dauvergne, Judy Walton Davis, Chrissie Diller, Jordan Duletzke, Took Gallagher, Vernon Goode, Mirka Jucha, Ashley Hayward, Mary Hinchey, Linda Hooper, Debbie Immel, Karen Kobylus, Patricia Konomos, Grace Kuelz, Lagakos, Lucile LeBourgeois, Kathy Manzella, Chad Matthews, Kathleen Foley Mckenna, Mosaics by Maria, Gwen Myers, Rebecca Naylor, Anne Marie Price, Flair Robinson, Jessica Sanders, Kimberly Shelton, Dianne Sonnenberg, Jacki Sowers, Steve, Rick T., Carole Tarr, Ann Tronzo, and Susan Walden.
Ciel Gallery has been a Southend fixture since 2008, and was the first gallery in the US dedicated to fine art mosaics. Located at 128 East Park Avenue, Ciel features rotating juried exhibitions, outreach, and a full slate of classes as well as workshops by visiting artists from across the US. Partners Teresa Hollmeyer, Tina Alberni, and Goode all participated in the Southend mural.
For further information call the gallery at 704/577-1254 or visit (www.cielcharlotte.com). To see more images click here (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152103511523077.1073741838.135158548076&type=1).