Society of American Mosaic Artist Conference 2013 - Tacoma, WA
This is my second conference I've gone to. This year it was held in Tacoma, WA - on the exact opposite side of the country for me. I was pretty excited since I've never been to Washington state before.
My journey started with me meeting up with a few friends I met last year and one of my on-line friends. We walked over and registered all together.
And then later that night - I went on to help Lynn Adamo and Mark Brody with their Mosaic Marathon. Mark almost kicked me out for moving too slow!! Hhah! Unfortunately I was only able to get in there the first night to help. I was really hoping to get to do more!!
WE ARE REGISTERED!!! - Robyn Abrams, Chris Emmert, Me and Tammi Lynch-Forrest
Working with Karen Rycheck. I worked on the top 1/2 of the basketball. I finished it just before closing time.
Wednesday and Thursday - the workshops begin. This year I chose to take:
Micromosaic with Orsoni’s Maestra Antonella Gallenda,
Mixing it Up & Making it Great: Expanding Your Creativity with New Products and Technology with Susan Gamble, Steve Shupper and Carrie Strope
Business of Mosaic: Marketing, Pricing and Strategy with Sonia King.
I enjoyed taking each of the workshops. It's always fun to learn something new. I may never use some of the techniques and tools I learned about in my own mosaics but you never know until you try.
I really enjoyed the micro mosaics. I might make a few in the future. I didn't get to finish mine during class, but I was able to work on it and finish it on my plane ride home!!
Friday - I finally got to go to the Museum of Glass to see the Mosaic Arts International exhibit. It was sooo exciting to see my piece "The Guardian" hanging in this exhibit. There were so many AWESOME mosaics to see. I took a photo of each of the pieces in this exhibit - click here to see them.
Later that night was the artist reception. Where I had my photo taken standing next to my piece many times.
Saturday - I decided to take a break and go to the W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory. I love to visit as many botanical gardens as possible. I really enjoy all the lush greenery and the orchids are always a favorite of mine! This conservatory was a little smaller then some of the ones I've been to, but it was still jam packed with a lot of really cool plants.
Later that day I signed my very first autograph for my friend Chris Emmert. It was so sweet of her to ask! We then decided to go check out the other mosaic exhibit happening in the area. The Northwest Mosaic Today exhibit at the Handforth Gallery. This exhibit included artist from the Northwest area......
Sunday - I took one last visit to the Museum of Glass to see the rest of the museum and my piece one last time. I spent about an hour watching artists create a glass sculpture in the large cone of the museum. I left for Seattle for a day and a half. I really wanted to see the Chihuly Glass and Garden Museum and go up on the Space Needle. It was a really nice way to end my trip.