DEBRA DSOUZA

MODERN EXPLORATION OF ANCIENT MOSAIC PRACTICES

MARCH 2 – APRIL 6, 2019

Opening Reception | Friday, March 1 | 6pm RSVP HERE

“Andamento” is the visual movement or rhythm produced by mosaic elements. Similar to the patterns formed by leaves, ridges in a tree’s bark, or a series of clouds in the sky. By leading the viewer through the contours, ebb and flow of the subject, a mosaic artist creates the feeling of a subject through choice of materials, colors and elements. My work is a combination of modern and ancient materials, still using stone, glass, hammer and chisel. I am dedicated to preserving the tradition of mosaic art, along with the techniques and materials used in the past. One must study and remember the past to be informed for the future.

Debra DSouza is a lifelong Artist, born and raised in the upper Mid-West. She earned her BFA from the University of Wisconsin- Stout; where she served as assistant director at the Furlong Gallery and Gallery 234 coordinator for 10 years. Prior to this she owned and operated a fine art gallery/frame-shop in Rochester, MN. Her studies encompass many mediums, her passions is glass mosaic. It is often said “She paints with glass.” She recently finished a residency in Belgium and will attend another in Ireland this October. Debra is a member of SAMA (Society of American Mosaic Artists) and the Minnesota Mosaic Guild. Her mosaic art is featured in multiple local, regional and national exhibitions, and is in several permanent collections, including Mayo Clinic, Marshfield Clinic, Health Partners and Stanford University. Her work can be viewed at http://debradsouza.com.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

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Demo Day: Debra DSouza’s Modern Mosaics

Saturday, March 2 | 1 – 4pm | FREE with purchase of a $5 admission to the Rochester Art Center.

Your Saturday at the Rochester Art Center just got a little bit better. Free with purchase of your RAC admission, drop-in on professional artist, Debra DSouza, as she creates a beautiful mosaic piece using tools such as specialized hammers and chisel, tile nippers and unique materials. These materials have been used in mosaic making for centuries. Talk with Debra one-on-one as she works; all questions are welcomed about her modern take on an ancient mosaic practice.

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Modern Exploration of Ancient Mosaic Practice:

Workshop with Debra DSouza

Date: Saturday, March 9th, 2019
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: $125 Non-Members, $100 Members + $25 Materials Fee | CLICK HERE to get your ticket
Materials: Mosaic glass and cutting tools provided by the instructor
Suggested Audience: Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced Creatives, age 16+
About the Workshop
“One must study and remember the past to be informed for the future.” This workshop is an introduction to traditional mosaic. Students will learn how to use the basic tools and materials of this ancient art form. One such material is Italian Smalti. Smalti is a traditional enameled-glass mosaic material with highly reflective qualities and a wide range of colors. This material has been used for more than one thousand years throughout the world to produce beautiful mosaic artwork. Students will learn to cut and shape Smalti, stone and even gold, to make their own small work of art. Students will work with the “river of Smalti” and make a small color study, inspired by the artwork of Kandinsky. Class will start at 10:00 with a short presentation and then we will begin creating. All supplies, tools and design will be furnished as part of your materials fee.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.