Four Blue Mountains artists – Saskia Kremer, Megan Heazelwood, Selena Seifert and Marian Shapiro present Quartet, a one of a kind exhibition and workshop program at Wild Valley Art Park in Wentworth Falls.
Exploring the possibilities of mosaic technique through mixtures of smalti (Venetian glass) stained glass, stone, tile and more, the artists present forgotten methods of mosaic in contemporary styles.
From ancient complex techniques in smalti to radiant transparent stained glass mosaics, the quiet simplicity and the tactile nature of the medium is explored through wall and window hangings and sculpture.
For people wanting to try their own hand at the ancient art of mosaic there are also two special mosaic workshops on offer. Experienced and world renowned teacher of mosaic, Marion Shapiro, has just returned from teaching in the USA and Argentina and will teach introduction to working with smalti on April 21 and 22. In this class participants may experience the unique properties of Venetian glass that has been used in mosaics for thousands of years.
Returning from “The International Contemporary Mosaic Festival” in Italy last year, and also just having finished the restoration of mosaics in Bondi Beach, Selena Seifert will present a workshop on the art of mosaics. Participants may learn the traditional method of ceramic tile mosaic, or try their hand working with stained glass, to create their own unique work in just one weekend on April 14 and 15.
For the first time Wild Valley will also run writing and poetry workshops with acclaimed writer and Blue Mountains resident, David Brooks. The workshops, on May 5 and 6, will allow participants to learn new techniques to improve their writing skills.
Quartet opens on Saturday, April 14, 3:30- 5:30pm. There is also a free artist talk on Sunday, April 15,
Quartet continues until May 6. Gallery exhibition open Thursday-Sunday 10am–4pm from April 12-May 3.
For more information and bookings wildvalley.com.au, 321 Blaxland Road, Wentworth Falls.