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Open Studio and Food Drive for Manna: Art for the Soul and Food for the Hungry

Rainbow Spiral Mandala for Nutmeg Designs Open Studio
Rainbow Spiral Mandala for Nutmeg Designs Open Studio

Saturday May 18th 11-5
Sunday May 19th 12-5

Nutmeg Designs is celebrating the Fourth Annual Spring Open Studio: Open Heart with mosaics and stained glass for purchase, and a food drive for Manna on Main Street to feed the hungry. Here is a list of items needed at Manna.

Earn a chance to win a 3D Stained Glass Suncatcher for every five items of food. All food will be taken to Manna on Main Street Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen in Lansdale, PA. Last year we collected over 400 pounds of food from our amazing visitors!

45 E. 4th St., Lansdale, PA 19446

Parking is often available on Broad or Chestnut.

Children are welcome but due to the nature of our glass art need to be under direct supervision.

Accessibility: There are 5 steps into the house. All art is on the first floor. The studios are on the 2nd floor as is the bathroom.

Farm to Easel at Exhibit B Gallery

Farm to Easel at Exhibit B Gallery in Souderton, PA through 2/9/19

Sunshine and Shadow Log Cabin Quilt Block by Margaret Almon
Sunshine and Shadow Log Cabin Quilt Block by Margaret Almon

 

My Sunshine and Shadow Log Cabin Quilt Mosaic is on display at “Farm to Easel” at the Exhibit B Gallery Annual Winter Group Show. All work includes farm-related subjects from the Pennsylvania landscape to images of quilts, farm animals, the harvested bounty and beyond. 20+ artists and 30+ paintings from artists far and wide. The show continues thru 2/9/19.

Farm to Easel at Exhibit B Gallery
Farm to Easel at Exhibit B Gallery

Exhibit B Gallery: Gallery of art and fine craft in a lovingly restored former 1901 cigar factory.

105 N. Main St, Souderton, PA

Hours: Thursday & Friday 2-7 and Saturday 11-5

or by Appointment Call (215) 799-0266

To order online: Shop Exhibit B Gallery

Glorious Contrast: Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop Meets Mosaic

Around the Square by Margaret Almon, glass and ceramic on wood, 8×8 inches.
I remember reading that color gets all the glory but contrast does the heavy lifting! This mosaic was inspired by a pattern from The Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop from Weeks Ringle and incorporates some broken dishes from my great grandmother Margaret’s china—the feathery white and amber pattern. My mother was so pleased that I could use the broken pieces in my art. This one hangs in my studio.

A Colorful Trip Around the World with Kaffe Fassett

Kaffe Fassett is the epitome of bright colors with his quilts, fabric, knitting and mosaics. I had the chance to see his work at the Michener Art Museum  a few years ago. A postcard of this quilt is on my bulletin board in the studio. I feel a kinship with those who love the colors in Fassett fabric!  I made some Trip Around the World Mosaics early in my mosaicking. I may need to revisit it.
Sunshine and Shadow Trivet by Margaret Almon
Trip Around the World/Sunshine and Shadow Trivet by Margaret Almon
Striped Pendants from Margaret Almon

Color as Motivation

Rainbow Tracker and Colorful Pendants
Rainbow Tracker and Colorful Pendants by Margaret Almon.

I am very partial to orange, but really I never met color I didn’t like in art making. I noticed as I had these pendants sitting on my bullet journal tracker that there was definitely a similarity! I am highly color motivated, and getting to color a square after doing a task helps me get things done. The narrow striped pendants are a new shape for me, and I will be bringing a new crop to the North Penn Holiday Market November 17th, 2018. Just 1/2 inch wide, and 2 inches long and full of color. Send me a message if you want to know when they will be in the Nutmeg Designs Etsy Shop.

Log Cabin Quilt Mosaic Trivet in Autumnal Tones

Asymmetric Log Cabin Quilt Mosaic by Margaret Almon
Asymmetric Log Cabin Quilt Mosaic by Margaret Almon, glass on wood, 10×10 inches.

 

Quilt patterns never cease to delight me! This is a variation on the Log Cabin quilt block, and I never grow tired of all the ways to express Log Cabin Quilt Love. The modular nature of quilts is very suited to mosaic. I used to think I liked sewing, but I actually liked pattern, fabric, color.

A Midas Moment: Gold Smalti Mandala Pendant

Gold Smalti from Orsoni
Gold Smalti from the Orsoni Factory in Italy

One of my favorite materials is gold smalti: a chunk of glass plus a thin layer of gold and an even thinner layer of glass on top. This luscious dish of smalti was made by the Orsoni Factory in Italy, and I buy it by the ounce, even though I covet it by the ton. Someone asked me if this is the gold used in the ceiling of San Marco in Venice. I looked it up, and Orsoni has since its beginning in 1888, manufactured mosaics for the renovation of the Basilica. It supplied more than 1,000 ancient 24K gold plates that decorate the 8,000 square meters of the structure.

Blue and Gold Mandala Pendant by Margaret Almon
Gold Smalti Mandala Pendant by Margaret Almon