Friday, February 10, 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Students continue their work on the "Diversity Garden". Fourth and fifth grade students learned how to cut and glue tile. Third grade students learned how to glaze. They are glazing tiles made by the faculty that will be used as a border around the mosaic.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
I have the great pleasure to be working with art teacher Tara Bach and the students at Washington St Elementary on a new A.I.E. mosaic. The theme is "A Multicultural Garden". Pleasantville is just outside Atlantic City NJ. The residents hail from all over the world, particularly South America.The mural we will be creating depicts state flowers from all the countries represented in the participating students. Here are a few photos of the students working first on paper, then using broken tile that was generously donated to the school. All work is being created in the classrooms as Tara is on a cart. The mosaic will be made on 12 X 12 wedi boards for easy moving throughout the building.
Friday, September 23, 2016
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.
|Green Man Joe|
|Joe Van Gogh|
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
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!