“It’s unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably intriguing to the art world and the public alike.” (artprize.org)
ArtPrize is an annual gallery art show that takes place in Grand Rapids, MI, each fall (https://www.artprize.org). The city hosts approximately 1,500 artists in venues throughout the city. For three weeks the community is able to view the wide assortment of pieces, voting on their favorite art work. There is a public vote along with juried votes - Sandra participated last in 2012 with a large mosaic and ended up in the top ten! The whole experience is a lot of fun – it's wonderful to meet with other participating artists and connect with the community.
I am excited to have the chance to be a part of ArtPrize again this year, with a large 90” x 216” mosaic mural. The design is based on an autumn forest in the Midwest and will include rich fall foliage and abundant wildlife.
The mosaic will be showing at the DeVos Place Convention Center (http://devosplace.org) in Grand Rapids – you can see more information about our entry (and browse the other entries!) here: http://www.artprize.org/sandra-bryant/2014/into-the-autumn-woods
ArtPrize takes place September 24-October 12. We will be keeping busy getting everything ready to go, and post our progress on the blog! If you plan to visit artprize, take a look at the great resources on their website in order to plan your visit: https://www.artprize.org/visit. This is a fantastic experience for art lovers and provides a wonderful opportunity to meet artists and enjoy this beautiful city!
We have more new art to share with you all! It has been a busy couple of weeks and we now have 5 additional mosaic pieces that have been added to our gallery.
Floral in Pink (22”x28”)
Featuring beautiful and intricate pink peonies, this piece was created whilst in the mood for something very feminine and pretty.
The Blues (32”x50”)
An abstract piece inspired by the free flowing, soulful movement of blues style music. Vibrant colors pop and add a flair of fun and excitement.
In flight (22”x31”)
This mosaic is an observation on the faithfulness and simplicity of swans. These beautiful creatures have always been an inspiration: swans commit to their mates for life. They travel incredible journeys together, flying very far distances during their annual migration. Swans stay together in family units their entire lives, and rarely do they mate again once one of the pair passes.
East of the Summit (22”x31”)
With much of our family on the eastern side of the state, we spend many a long car ride making the journey to visit our loved ones. This mosaic is inspired by one such trip, just before we reached the pass (traveling home from Eastern Washington), the sun was setting on the hills creating beautiful shadows.
Glass Flowers (24”x24”)
A brightly colored abstract mosaic, made just for fun! This colorful piece creates an energetic and spirited sense, with intense hues and an overall lively design.
These mosaics and others that are shown in our gallery can be purchased directly from us, but keep in mind a huge portion of our business is custom mosaic work! If you see something you like but prefer a different color scheme to fit your interior, let us know. Maybe you want to work with us to come up with your own completely unique, custom mosaic – we love making custom art and want to hear from you. E-mail us with your questions and custom work ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The past few months have kept us very busy with a number of installation pieces. We have been traveling all over the place (Alaska, Florida, Louisiana, Connecticut, North Carolina, and California, just to name a few), and working with some wonderful clients! Now that things have slowed down a tad, we are taking a breather and enjoying the chance to make some new art.
Commissioned custom mosaics are interesting and enjoyable to make because we get the chance to meet new clients and translate their ideas in to glass art. This provides a lot of variety in the mosaics being made and everything is suited to a particular client and their needs. However, in between projects, we appreciate the time to allow inspiration to take hold and the chance to make new pieces purely for the fun of it!
This mosaic was inspired by a photo Sandy took during a quick trip to New York in February. She had been to Connecticut finishing up a floor installation and had an extra day to do some sightseeing.
This is a mosaic inspired by a photograph our daughter took on a trip to Paris. She enjoyed walking along the river Seine in the evenings, seeing all the lights from the buildings glowing in the water. We had her take tons of pictures and this was a particular favorite. Tres belle!
This abstract gray and orange triptych series is made of glass, semi-precious stones (tigers eye, jade, quartz, goldstone, agate and moss agate), beads, handmade stoneware pieces, gold, smalti and gems. Using a variety of media gives this piece an extra level of intrigue and dimension.
This fun garden mosaic features a beautiful peacock being admired by all. We had a very rainy spring here in the Pacific Northwest so this piece was inspired by a wish for some balmy and warm sunny weather.
Linda Dadak, mosaic artist
This summer Historical Highfield Hall (56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, MA) presents SIGNATURES, a cutting edge mosaic invitational exhibition. As you will see, the mosaics selected for this exhibition represent not only a cross
section of styles but also the extraordinarily diverse choices of materials that showcase each artist’s “signature”.
“It is my hope that this exhibition will provide you with endless viewing pleasure and inspire you to not only see the mosaics around you but also seek out the many galleries and museums that feature this extraordinary Art Form.” Linda Dadak, curator
About the Curator:
Linda Dadak, a Cape Cod Mosaic artist, brought the first mosaic exhibition to New England in 2004 which was held at the Higgins Gallery on the campus of Cape Cod Community College.
In the summer of 2011, Linda co-curated The National Mosaic Exhibition of Cape Cod at Highfield Hall in Falmouth, Ma. In
addition to showing 65 works of mosaic art, classes, gallertalks, mosaic bus tour and films were all a part of this very popular and unique exhibition.
This summer, Linda has invited 15 nationally and internationally known mosaic artists from around the country to participate in
Signatures. This exhibition presents some of the best work from today’s mosaic artists and will inspire you to take a closer look at the extraordinary diversity of this art form and show that these contemporary artists indeed have a distinct Signature.
See the entry Daffodils below by Carl and Sandra Bryant Showcase Mosaics.
Recently returned from Hertford, NC where I installed a large mural in the Hoffer River House. The mural is the creative inspiration of owners Mamie and Ken Hoffer and features Thomas Jefferson walking in a conservatory with a woman friend. The Hoffer River House is a beautiful event venue created by this delightful couple for charitable functions. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and the venue offers a performance stage, a ballroom, upper and lower kitchen areas, gorgeous staircase, patios, dining areas with many wonderful function areas.
The Hoffers admire Thomas Jefferson as a great historical person. The mosaic mural features Thomas Jefferson walking in a conservatory garden with a rendition of his woman friend, Marie Cosway, with flowers, birds, a large birdhouse, plants and foliage. The mural is approximately 9ft tall by 19 feet wide and is located on a wall in the pool house.
It was a pleasure to work with this generous and civic minded couple. The Hoffer River House is an incredibly beautiful venue situated along the river delta, with a private pier, osprey nest, cypress trees and all manner of birds and wildlife set around a pristine and wonderfully cultivated formal garden.
Murals at Stanford Shopping Center
It's been our normal chaos since returning from Artprize in Grand Rapids, MI (we were excited to place in the top 10 out of over 1,500 entries!) in October. In early November, we spent time in Palo Alto, CA installing a commercial mosaic mural (lavender fields in Provence...nice!) at the Stanford Shopping Center.
Wall niche mural Parkland, FL
Then, we got to work on several custom residential murals for a newly
constructed home in Parkland, Fl. There we created a mosaic "frame" for a large
window (18ft high by 11ft wide with a swatch across) with vines, flowers and
birds. In the same home, we created a custom mural based on the artist/home
owner's design for a wall niche.
Louisiana residential kitchen landscape mural backsplash series
Next, we installed a series of custom kitchen mosaic backsplash murals in a lovely Louisiana residence. This landscape mural was carried around the kitchen in four parts with the main mural behind the range. We also installed an abstract mural in the home's theater room.
Flowers in a Sunny Room
In between, we've been carving out some time to do some new fine art mosaics to hang at the Northwest Mosaic Artists show happening in March and April 2013 at Tacoma's Handforth Gallery. We will be showing Garden Party, Storm Rushing In and Flowers in a Sunny Room at this event.
Hope to see you there!
Things have been busy! We have been working on proposals and getting some designs going for a few new projects.
When we start a new custom design, the first step is to talk to the client and get an idea of what they want. Then we create a proposal of the image. This image often times will start out as a painting which we will then edit in Adobe Photoshop, and continue to tweak things until we get the “Go-Ahead” from the client. It’s a time consuming process but worth it to get all those details figured out!
Along with working on new design work, we have been preparing for two big jobs. First, we are extremely excited to be creating some custom pieces for a newly constructed skin care boutique that features some wonderful beauty products.
Below you’ll see a picture of the project in its current state – there is still a bit of work to be done but it’s coming along well!
To keep ourselves even more occupied, we have also entered the ArtPrize contest in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This has been quite the project but we are so glad to be involved with it! This unique contest involves local businesses and organizations “hosting” art pieces, and folks from around town come and vote for their favorite art work. Voting runs from September 19th - October 7th and is open to the entire public. We created a three panel image titled “Return to Eden” – see the picture above and the page on our site for more information . Check out the ArtPrize website for more information. We are thrilled to be a part of this amazing community of artists!
More to come about our upcoming projects!
The color of the year, Tangerine Tango is showcased here with a custom wall finish by Anna Donahue
This interior designer from Grand Rapids, MI really knows how to blend art in all its forms into a design space. She found her love of interior design to be an extension of her career as a fine artist. As part of her degree in Fine Arts and Communication Arts education, Anna became an expert on color theory. “I believe it is the most important part of the color conversation in interior design, creating the mood of the room.” All the aspects of color in the design (paint, drapery, fabric, flooring, décor, etc.) become an art event with the room as her canvas. With over 20 years and hundreds of interior design projects to her credit, she knows how to get the job done.
Anna Donahue designed this office foyer with welcoming warm colors and modern furniture
Anna works on all kinds of interior design projects, about 30% commercial, 10% liturgical, some health care and assisted living space with the remainder residential. She will design unique drapery, upholstery, wallpaper, rugs, etc. to fit the individual project and send the original design out to a subcontractor for fabrication and possibly an interior decorator for installation. Her design studio AK Donahue Designs offers a large variety of services, from drafting and architectural drawings, furniture and décor selection and design, structural changes to better fit your needs, flooring, drapery, paint color selection, and just about anything you could need to pull together the design for your space.
A Dramatic and comfortable retreat is surrounded by a colorful ceiling and wall mural by Anna Donahue
When I asked her if she had a particular style that she enjoyed working with, Anna said that she works with everything, from modern, transitional, historical to eclectic. "Everything is in style today, you don’t have to go with the colors or styles of a particular era (mauve, for instance) but rather choose what is most personal to you." This can mean a variety of styles in one space, mixing modern pieces in a historical setting. It’s about finding your own unique and individual style, then making it all happen.
Modern art sets off this bright and colorful room designed by Anna Donahue
One of the interesting things I have found in talking to Anna is her generosity of spirit. She recently worked on the interior
design of a nursing home and donated her time teaching an art class to the residents. She has donated her time and talents to many community, civic and humanitarian organizations, leaving a beautiful legacy of art.
Anna works to build a relationship of trust, communication and energy to create a unique and beautiful space. Check out her beautiful work or contact her via her webpage at AnnaDonahue.com.