The Societies of Arts + Crafts and American Mosaic Artists are proud to present Mosaic Arts International 2018 Invitational—Sophie Druoin. Beginning February 15, Druoin's mosaic collection will be on view at the Society, ahead of the Mosaic Society's 2018 conference. Sophie Druoin is a second-generation, clasically trained mosaic artist. Residing in Canada, she has studied, practiced, and exhibited in Italy, France, and beyond. In addition to Sophie’s career as a mosaic artist and teacher, she is also a violinist in the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. We are excited to work with Sophie and SAMA.
From black bamboo to reclaimed plastics, it represents a broad range of approaches by artists working within the field of contemporary basketry. Showcasing excellence in creative exploration, technique, craftsmanship, these 40 artworks were juried by Lloyd Herman, the founding Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery from 1971 – 1986. Herman is also the author of Art That Works: The Decorative Arts of the Eighties, Crafted in America. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington. Exhibition catalog available for purchase August 1, 2017.
On this evening a curator, a craftsman and a scholar will discuss the ways that they are in dialogue with objects and the dimensions of participation. Through their eyes, we will learn about the intimacy of the craftsperson with their materials, their tools, and techniques to create something really extraordinary. We'll discuss concepts of design, workmanship, and the process of channeling vibrant matter into form to create 'the best' for here and now in our own time.
This conversation is presented in celebration of the publication of Ezra Shales' new book: The Shape of Craft. Stay tuned to learn more about the Society's first ever Book Club event. Copies available the evening of the round table.