One of the mosaics by R. Spears will be on exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center during the Healing Hearts and Nature Exhibit. (Photo courtesy of the Wassenberg Art Center)
One of the mosaics by R. Spears will be on exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center during the Healing Hearts and Nature Exhibit. (Photo courtesy of the Wassenberg Art Center)
VAN WERT – The Wassenberg Art Center recently opened the Healing Hearts and Nature exhibit, which includes a collection of contemporary mosaic art.

The art is a collection from the Mosaic Artists of Michigan (MAM) which includes artist and president of MAM ski’s mosaic artwork.

“The theme represents the capacity of both hearts and nature to heal during difficult times,” said ski. “The artists of MAM are dedicated to the creation and promotion of the ancient art of mosaic.”

The Mosaic Artists of Michigan began in 2003, when a small group of tile and mosaic artists came together.

“Their vision became our commitment to share, educate and promote the resurgence of fine art mosaics,” said ski. “The style of each member’s work is unique, as the art of mosaic presents a world of endless possibilities in color, texture, shape and expression.”

The art organization consists of professional artists, hobbyists and patrons who embrace all achievements of the artist’s journey, no matter if they are beginner or professional.

“Many of our members have achieved recognition in the art community from solo and international juried exhibits, publication in mosaic and other art books and magazines, and public and private commissions,” noted ski.

The Healing Hearts and Nature exhibit opened on March 11. Hope Wallace, director of the Wassenberg Art Center, felt it was important to show the community why mosaics are interesting and important.

“We’ve never had a mosaic exhibit, at least in the six years since I’ve been here,” said Wallace. “I like the subject matter, using the part graphic and concept of nature as a healing property.”

Wallace first saw the mosaic exhibit in Michigan and made contact with the artists to arrange the exhibit at the Wassenberg.

“Being out in nature is healing,” said Wallace. “They are using this art as an abstract symbol of that healing. A mosaic is piecing something back together.”

The exhibit includes several pieces created with materials like gemstones, beads, shells, glass and several other types of materials.

The Wassenberg plans to do a workshop on mosaic art in the near future. The mosaic exhibit can be seen until April 2.

“We are really fortunate to get them,” added Wallace. “I was really happy about it.”