Friday, September 23, 2016

Joseph Tiberino, friend and mentor.

My dear friend and mentor Joseph Tiberino passed away in March 2016. Joe and his wife Ellen, shared the love of creating art and life with all those who came in contact with them.  Joe was an inspiration to my family, and his childern remain my closest of friends. Many years ago, Joe asked me to make a funeral urn for him. He wanted his face on the outside so I cast him in plaster. What a time I had removing that cast due to all his facial hair! I created his urn and kept his cast for many years before it finally came into use. This past summer, Danny Simmons opened a new cultural art center in Philadelphia called Rush Philanthropic Arts. The first show in his new gallery was dedicated to Joe Tiberino, the "Joe Show"! Here are the casts I created for the show. Rest in Peace my friend.

Smoky Joe

Green Man Joe

Joe Van Gogh

Camdens Pride

After waiting most of the summer for cooler weather to arrive, I finally had to to finish grouting. The day was HOT but the poles got finished. This was my first experience working with the brightly colored grout. I really like the way it works on the totems. Thanks to Appel Farm for funding this project. I really enjoyed working in the garden. It is a little spot of beauty within the city of Camden.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Camdens Pride garden mosaic

I had the opportunity to work with Science teacher Ms Mazzarella at the Camden's Pride Charter School in Camden NJ.  "Mazz" and I worked with her 4th grade class to create mosaic poles that depict fuits, flowers and insects in the beautiful new garden. This was a 10 day residency through Appel Farm Music and Arts. Here is a photo of the poles which still need to be completely grouted. Just waiting for some cooler weather!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Almost Complete

The map mural at Bradley Beach is almost complete. All that is needed is a little bit of Monmouth County and some tile around Newark. All of the students names will be placed in the "dent' at Trenton ( which is PA!) Once the gluing is complete, the mural will be grouted. Looking forward to the dedication and the students reaction to seeing the completed mural. Had a fantastic experience working with art teacher Jennifer DiZefalo and the 4th grade class.

Friday, February 19, 2016


Today I started gluing the ceramic pieces to the wall. So excited to finally start to see the mural take shape in full scale.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Creating the clay symbols

Fourth Grade students at Bradley Beach Elementary work at making the clay symbols that will be used in their mural.