Time for a Little Blog-a-luia!

I started blogging this week because of an incredibly visual experience last week: a visionary mosaic mural class I took in Jingletown at the Institute of Mosaic Art (IMA).

We (12 students, 1 assistant, a few teachers/guardian angels, and many enthusiastic witnesses) worked during 4 days to put up over 200 square feet of visionary mosaic mural on two sides of a building which once was the old Pitchometer Propeller factory (across from Stone Boatyard) on Blanding Avenue in Alameda, California. The building’s official name is Bridgehead Studio. Let’s see how long that holds with a flashy mosaic containing mermaids/men/birds/ships on the wall.

Words sometimes need pictures. I have become the owner of a digital camera; I took some pictures when my hands were clean and while my fingers still worked pretty well on the camera’s teeny tiny buttons last week. I wrote a Press Release for the darn thing on Monday. I intend to combine words/pictures here. These are my blogging baby steps; I need to walk before I can run.

Caveat: handle these images with respect; they are copyright protected!

Ana laying tile at 2516 Blanding, Alameda, Bridgehead Studios / Casa de Las Sirenas. More on her work at http://www.artruckus.com

Anha Fender laying tile at 2516 Blanding Ave., Alameda, CA. More on her work at http://www.artruckus.com

Our teachers/sensei-team, Isaiah and Julia Zagar, come from South Street’s mosaic-rich wonderland in Philadelphia, PA. Isaiah is the mentor of Laurel True, one of the founders of IMA, which offered the class. This is Isaiah’s 3rd (or is it 4th?) mural in this neighborhood. His title for the work is Mermaid Harbor.

Laurel was present when she wasn’t teaching classes, running the school, or generally trying to do the work of True Mosaics.

Isaiah has created over 100 murals on South Street’s neighborhood walls. See his work at http://www.isaiahzagar.com

Stay tuned for more photos.

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