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BOND! Learn the Art of Mosaic

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

BOND: 5 Mosaic Artists is an exhibition of 2D and 3D mosaic art created by five Michigan artists working with glass, stone, ceramic, and repurposed materials and found objects.

Darcel Deneau, Sue Majewski, Joan Schwartz, Michelle Sider and Ruth Tyszka share a passion for mosaic and have collaborated to bring BOND to South Haven, and to lead a community effort to inspire and encourage others to try their hand at mosaic art in the form of a mosaic bench that will sit on permanent display at the SHCA.

All five women hold many accolades for their talent and are widely exhibited, and each works in a different way, with different materials, inspired by different life experiences and themes meant to inspire those who view their art.

Sue Majewski of St. Clair Shores will lead a community workshop on Sunday, July 14 from 12:00-3:00 p.m.. The piece will consist of 181 4x4” tiles–called mandalas–decorated by participants that will be incorporated into the final design. The art center will hold additional workshops throughout the summer to complete the mandalas which will be installed in August. “My creativity is sparked by the materials that surround me and by the infinite world of imagination and wonder,” said Majewski. “To share that world of mystery and magic is my absolute sheer delight.”

Joan Schwartz will lead a workshop on August 14 & 15 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. where students will learn how to mosaic a three-dimensional garden orb using a range of materials.

For more information and to register for the Garden Orb workshop and the Mosaic Mandala Workshop call (269) 637-1041 or email Workshop information can also be found at and on Facebook. Drop-ins are welcome for the Mandala Workshop.

Joan, a former pediatric nurse who lives in Huntington Woods, crafts her work to help children with life-threatening illnesses through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, StarsGuitars through Beaumont Hospital, and Doctors Without Borders. Schwarz explained that it not just about the end-product, but the process itself, to create pieces that communicate her values of life, children and well-being. “It is my mental vacation, a journey in which I get lost in an array of colors, patterns and materials,” said Schwartz. Schwartz will lead a workshop on August 14 & 15 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. where students will learn how to mosaic a three-dimensional garden orb using a range of materials.

Darcel is inspired by her native city of Detroit. “Initially, I became fascinated with creating images of the city as it took me back to spending time with my father in places like Eastern Market, Downtown, Mexicantown and the Riverfront. I soon found my affection for the city was not shared by many of my fellow metro-Detroiters; not even the press,” said Deneau. “A negative perception of Detroit was apparent and fueled my drive to validate the city's worth even more. Today, I continue to create positive images of this truly amazing city.”

Darcel collaborated with Schwartz and musician and mosaicist Ruth Tyszka on “Just Desserts”, as series of works focusing on justice and the idea that things aren't always what they appear to be. “There was this kind of double meaning to it, like you get what you deserve and kind of a sense of justice,” said Deneau.

“People’s lives are painful and messy in profound ways. It is not in spite of this, but because of it, that my recent artwork focuses on issues of society and community through imagery and color that is an antidote to struggle, need and darkness,” said Ruth Tyszka, who lives in Bloomfield Hills. “Symbols such as cake permit focus on the present moment and that they are meant to be shared. Other works use similar imagery to highlight struggle, temptation or the chaos in the world.”

Michelle Sider is an artist and teacher who works in many mediums, including glass mosaics in vivid colors that demonstrate a sense of movement. “I take my inspiration from the natural world, particularly the way in which light plays upon surfaces,” said Sider “I strive to communicate ideas, feelings and inspirational learning into my pieces.” Sider also leads community art projects and runs school and community art programs in Detroit. “In my teaching and community work, I focus upon community-building and incorporate learning into the art projects. I strive to transfer the joy I feel in creating my art to my students.”

Artwork by Ruth Tyszka

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