50 by 50+
December 8, 2021 - January 30, 2022
Image: Blue – Gold Mandala, 2020
50 by 50+
An Exhibition of 50 glass Mandalas created by Community Artists of 50+ years of age
December 8th, 2021 – January 30th, 2022
Entry Corridor Gallery, Rochester Art Center
This exhibition features fifty glass mandalas by “older adult” community members (50+) created during a series of workshops led by artist Debra D’Souza. This project provides a learning experience while building confidence and helping alleviate stress in the participants.
Prior to being showcased at the Art Center, the exhibition will travel to 125 Live (November 2021) and Threshold Arts (October 2021).
Debra was born and raised in the upper Midwest, where her creative soul still resided. She has a BFA in Studio Art with a painting emphasis. Although she has used many mediums to create, her favorite is glass. She has studied with master mosaicists world-wide. Her mosaic art is featured in multiple local, regional and national exhibitions, and is in several permanent collections, including Stanford University, Penn State, Health Partners, Mayo Health System and Marshfield Clinic. Last year she was awarded an artist residency in Ireland and continues to expand her knowledge and experience with mosaic.
As a child I knew I wanted to be an artist. I loved to draw, paint and be creative. I also was an observer, noticing the clouds, trees, water and just being aware of the world around me. I think this is why I love working with glass so much. It’s noticing all the beauty held within a single sheet. I like to say “I paint with glass”, I select the color, cut the shape and lay it in. Each mosaic I create has an artistic inspiration and personal connection. Although size and detail of design often dictate how long it takes to create, the ebb and flow of life can also influence my creative process. Hundreds of hours can go into creating each mosaic, some are a struggle and others just seem to build themselves. Either way, I love the creative mosaic process.
Debra D’Souza is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.