Studio Workshops

Been busy in the studio with weekly workshops for groups of folks coming out to help with the Quake Mosaic. Here are some shots of some of the creative volunteers who've contributed in the last month:

 Napa Artist,  Kate Salenfriend , who completed several sections with her son, Quinn

Napa Artist, Kate Salenfriend, who completed several sections with her son, Quinn

 Napa native, Ila Pearl, smashing some beautiful yellow tile seconds, donated to the project by  Heath Ceramics  

Napa native, Ila Pearl, smashing some beautiful yellow tile seconds, donated to the project by Heath Ceramics 

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Up and coming artists, Quincy and Abby, from TeensConnect

 All the finished work, gorgeous!! Getting so excited to see this mosaic installed!   

All the finished work, gorgeous!! Getting so excited to see this mosaic installed!

 

Star Volunteer Spotlight

The community response to the Napa Quake Mosaic has been phenomenal in so many ways! I am beyond grateful to so many people who have helped bring this project to life. Here are just a few of the incredible folks who've made this project happen:

 Giada and Lori Parise: This mom-daughter powerhouse team has been helping all summer with all the studio work!

Giada and Lori Parise: This mom-daughter powerhouse team has been helping all summer with all the studio work!

 Jeni Olson, founder of  TeensConnect , not only sorts the brown treasures at the studio, but organizes teen meet-ups for groups of youth to come work on the project as well  

Jeni Olson, founder of TeensConnect, not only sorts the brown treasures at the studio, but organizes teen meet-ups for groups of youth to come work on the project as well  

 And the Paulas, pictured here with the CIA students who created a dish inspired by the Quake Mosaic: Paula Brutocao (L) and Paula Philipps (R), who have both been AMAZING regular volunteers and generous supporters

And the Paulas, pictured here with the CIA students who created a dish inspired by the Quake Mosaic: Paula Brutocao (L) and Paula Philipps (R), who have both been AMAZING regular volunteers and generous supporters

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Anne Pentland, one of the super talented artists and teachers at Nimbus, who has helped manage the public workshops. Her community-built mosaic experience and technical advice has been instrumental! There, but not pictured, the rest of amazing ladies of Nimbus, Sandra Cruz and Jamie Graff

CIA Collaboration, part deux

We were so excited to work with Chef Stephen Durfee's students at the CIA again this summer! Sadly, I was away and not able to attend in person but I sent the Paulas in my stead: two of the awesome QM volunteer crew members, Paula Philipps and Paula Brutocao.

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Connecting with TeensConnect

In June, we held our first mosaic workshop with TeensConnect, a Napa non-profit founded by Jeni Olson to "support, engage, and empower teens through programs centered around art and wellness, peer support and volunteer projects." 

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Public Workshops at Nimbus Arts

We are holding several public mosaic workshops this year with the support of Nimbus Arts. Nimbus is the perfect partner for the Quake Mosaic in so many ways. Not only do they have a beautiful work space, talented and generous staff members, but they have loads of experience with large collaborative mosaic projects with their incredible Hundreds of Hands program.

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Update at RAD Napa Open House

Tonight at the Napa Valley Wine Train Station, Jamie Graff from Nimbus Arts will give a brief update about the Quake Mosaic at the RAD Open House Event. Come join us and hear all about the project and all the newest developments for the Rail Arts District!

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Quake Mosaic at Napa Makes

What an incredible weekend at Napa Makes! So much positive creative energy, Bay Area makers-galore and a TON of new Quake Mosaic folks. We had so many mosaic makers, we ran out of material and had to run to the studio for more!

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Napa Quake Mosaic at Napa Makes + Nimbus Arts!

Three Upcoming Napa Quake Mosaic Workshops

Saturday, April 7 (10am-4pm)

Napa Makes | The Oxbow School 530 Third Street, Napa

Join Napa Quake Mosaic and Nimbus Arts at this special event showcasing local artists + craftspeople! We'll have a family-friendly hands-on area where you can be a part of the mosaic making process. 

Enjoy the day and don't forget to get a ticket to the dinner supporting the scholarship program at The Oxbow School.


Two Evenings at Nimbus Arts | 649 Main Street, St. Helena

  • Tuesday, June 12 (6-8pm)

  • Thursday, July 12 (6-8pm)

You are invited to join us at Nimbus to contribute to the Quake Mosaic. These evenings will feature snacks, drinks and community spirit as we continue to build the mosaic off-site. No mosaic experience necessary. We will have all the tools and instruction available for you. Free and open to the public.

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Photo: New Tech High students helping with the project last summer. Photo by Infinity Visuals

First Signs of Spring

Instead of starting over at Carpe Diem, we decided to update the windows over a period of a couple months. Keeping the birch tree trunks in place, it was time to reflect the seasonal changes happening in Napa.

 Before - the birch trees with falling snow and snow drifts on the ground.

Before - the birch trees with falling snow and snow drifts on the ground.

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SO, STAGE TWO: February 2018, First Signs of Spring. With a little help from actual Canadians (Aunt Debbie and Uncle Gerry, visiting from BC), my Mom and three year old niece, we removed the falling snow and most of the snow on the ground. We added touches of spring: new grass popping up, buds on the trees and a few woodland animals waking up from hibernation. Plus a cameo from a local toucan, who added all the warmth we needed!

 Actual Canadian snow removal team.

Actual Canadian snow removal team.

 My newest assistant (3 year old niece, Kyla) decided she wanted to add 'pink flowers and green grass'.

My newest assistant (3 year old niece, Kyla) decided she wanted to add 'pink flowers and green grass'.

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 Adding grass and a few buds poking up through the snow.

Adding grass and a few buds poking up through the snow.

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And a visit from a friendly neighborhood toucan, adding an extra summery feeling to the day.

Seize the Snowflakes!

Had a fun time painting the windows at local restaurant, Carpe Diem, this weekend. It was a chilly night, painting a snowy forest of birch trees live for their guests and several friends that stopped by, but the hot toddies helped! 

The windows will be up through February so stop by and see how many woodland animals you can find hidden in the trees.

photos by Israel Valencia

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Funding from Napa County + More Fire Donations

We are thrilled to announce that the project has received an Arts + Culture Special Projects Grant from Napa County this fall! In partnership with Nimbus Arts, the Napa Quake Mosaic received $25k. This funding will support the site prep work, continued material collection and community outreach that we will be doing over the next year. 

After the wildfires this past October, we have had to shift focus and broaden the scope of the project. Several items have been donated by artists and friends who lost their homes and studios. We will continue to collect these donations and rework the mosaic design and timeline to incorporate them fully.

 Wine bottles recovered by Gary Bayless, a Santa Rosa artist who lost his home

Wine bottles recovered by Gary Bayless, a Santa Rosa artist who lost his home

 

 

 

Northbay Wildfires: Natural Disaster + Community

At its heart, the Quake Mosaic  was created to document and honor a community healing after trauma from a natural disaster. The impact of the October 2017 wildfires have eclipsed those of the 2014 earthquake and I have decided to expand the project scope.

I am redesigning the plan to include a special section for any remnants collected after the fire.I am currently reaching out to those impacted to ask for any objects they may want to donate to the mosaic. I am planning to rename the project as well, but have not yet settled on a new name.

Several friends lost their art studios and I am so grateful that they will be contributing recovered objects to the project. Calistoga painter and friend, Karen Lynn Ingalls, shared the following images of her barn, lost in the Tubbs Fire. As soon as the site is open to the public again, I will join her to collect some remnants to include in the mosaic. 

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Another artist friend, photographer Norma Quintana, also lost her home and studio. A consummate collector, she is sifting through the remnant of her home for objects to photograph in a new series entitled, "Forage from Fire".

This experience has served as a reminder that we live in a part of the world that is vulnerable to natural disaster. Earthquakes, floods, and fires happen constantly in California. It not only requires resilient, vigilant and responsive inhabitants, it creates opportunity for growth, change and new perspectives on what home means.