The Artful 9 is a group of Eurobodalla Shire residents who share a passion for mosaic. After a few years out of the public eye, the group is ready to launch their latest exhibition – “Piece by Piece” - at the SoArt Gallery, Princes Highway Narooma. The exhibition is open for viewing from May 2-7, 10am - 4pm. Entry is free!
The Artful 9 (Jan, Julie, Kim, Judy, Carol, Louise and Vanessa) get together regularly in private homes, where many laughs are shared over cups of tea and generous helpings of delicious baked goods. Information, skills and creative ideas about mosaic are discussed and friendships cemented in a supportive environment. A huge range of materials – glass, stone, recycled jewellery, old china to name but a few – are used to create marvellous artworks and decorative pieces for house and garden. A variety of these will be on display and for sale at this exhibition.
Mosaic has a really long history, starting in Mesopotamia 3000 years BC. Mosaic patterns and pictures were widespread in Ancient Classical times in Greece and Italy, and from C4th onwards walls and ceilings of churches were decorated with mosaic iconography. The art of mosaic flourished throughout the Byzantine Empire, C6th-C15th, and in early Islamic art. Today, the art of mosaic is making a comeback with professional artists, street artists and as a popular craft.
Whilst the “Piece by Piece” exhibition focuses on mosaic, the talented ladies of The Artful 9 have other decorative, useful and quirky pieces to offer - jewellery, quilts, painting and more! Visitors are welcome to join The Artful 9 ladies at the Official Opening, 5-7pm, Thursday 2nd May. So mark the date and join The Artful 9 for drinks and nibbles.