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Artist of the week:  Carl and Sandra Bryant
By Glassrootsinc  March 13, 2017
We are a husband and wife mosaic artist team.  We began our artist careers in oil painting and handmade tiles, but in 2001, we discovered (and fell in love with) the art of mosaic as a combination of the two.  Our home and art studio are located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where we enjoy working with people all over the country thanks to the wonders of technology.  We have a beautiful garden and are surrounded by the ocean on one side and the Cascade Mountains on the other.  Sandy’s heritage is Italian, so we have been admiring beautiful mosaic artwork in one form or another all our lives.  Inspired by the world around us, it is difficult to pin down one source of material for our artwork.  The natural world contributes such a wealth of inspiration; we could spend the rest of our lives celebrating it…  But the world of humans and cities with all the vibrancy, joy, activity and movement are also in our hearts and when the mood strikes, there is so much to say!” - Carl and Sandra Bryant 

Every once in a while a member of the GlassRoots staff will find the time to browse the internet and flip through a magazine or two and come across intriguing glass techniques and art that they’re willing to share. This husband and wife mosaic artist duo shocked and amazed everyone in our studio while flipping through an older Mosaic Art Now magazine - The details, color pallets and imagery we’re too impressive to not reach out to Carl and Sandra for an Artist of the Week interview.

GlassRoots) How would you describe your work in three words?
Carl and Sandra) Colorful, movement and evolving.
G) What is your workspace like and what do you love most about it?
C&S) Our workspace is in our garage, and I love that it is in our home.
G) What would you say best describes your smile?
C&S) Painting with glass, we use glass shapes as our brushstrokes, so calm easy spaces have larger smooth piecing and small areas with a lot of detail use smaller shaped pieces, etc.
“Mosaics are like pixels on a camera, bits of glass and sometimes found objects are used to create a larger image; the more pixels (bits) used the more details in the final image.”-James Blake (GlassRoots Kilnforming Instructor)
By James’ definition the sizes of the pieces of glass used in Carl and Sandra’s work are what makes them so detailed and beautiful.
G) What is a tool you can’t work without?
C&S) We work mostly with stained glass but I love my Leponitt nippers!
G) Do you sketch your ideas?
C&S) Yes, I do thumbnails, then develop those eventually into paintings, then move things around on photoshop.
G) A craft that requires such precision and focus I can’t imagine that it is always easy; what is the biggest struggle you’ve overcome as creative’s?
C&S) We didn’t have a formal education and being self-taught, practicing the basics like sketching
G) How do you keep from getting artist block?
C&S) I go for a walk.  We worked in a different field to make a living for many years and were older before we were able to make art for a living, so there are many years of stored ideas waiting to be done.
 
The work we create as a team, though we have unique styles, shares a focus on relationship. We celebrate relationships between humanity and our environment, our human connections, how our experiences intertwine, our feelings over time and of the moment. It is our goal to engage the viewer in this connection, to look up close at the small pieces and step back for a view of the whole.”-Carl and Sandra Bryant

G) If you could add another artist (dead or alive) to your team who would you choose?
C&S) I love Picasso, because he did whatever he wanted.  He changed styles and sometimes in a year he did all kinds of styles.  He didn’t feel like he had to cubbyhole into one voice, but sang a full range depending upon his mood… I love the impressionists and the post impressionists.
G) Finish the statement. My art is most likely to…
C&S) Make people re-evaluate what they think mosaics can do.
G) What would you like to achieve through your art?
C&S) I want to communicate joy, the beauty of this earth and its people, that a positive view of the world gives you the ability to leave something glorious behind.
G) What advice would you give someone interested in your craft? What is the best advice you’ve received?
C&S) Be brave and be prepared for anything.  Learn the foundations and go from there…commit yourself to your transformation into a working artist

Quad City Times article
New mosaic beautifies St. Mark church
Deirdre Cox Baker dbaker@qctimes.com

Picture

Welcome to the Garden
​Glass mosaic
7ft x 11ft
​Carl and Sandra Bryant

Deirdre Baker
Nov 3, 2016
Step into the entrance of St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church in Davenport's west end and a large new piece of art beckons to all who enter.  A vibrant and colorful stained glass mosaic of Jesus Christ inviting visitors to the Garden of Eden was crafted by artists Sandra and Carl Bryant of Lynden, Washington.

It has been installed at the church after a bequest of two long-time members, Charles and Catherine Wallace, Davenport.
Catherine, or Katie, Wallace was an active member of the church, and also was an artist. She would have very much approved of the mosaic, which will be dedicated in a special ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church.
Her son, Mark Wallace, of Oak Park, Illinois, one of the couple's five children, worked with the church committee that chose the work that measures 7 feet by 11 feet.

At first, he said, they considered various Biblical topics such as Psalm 23 or The Lord's Prayer as a theme.
Finally, it was decided: "Welcome to the Garden." A Biblical verse runs along the bottom of the work: "Peace I leave with you: My peace I give you," from John 14:27.  
According to Wallace, his mother was very active in the church where she and Charles were married. Her children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren were baptized there, several were married there and she even taught Vacation Bible School when the church's pastor, the Rev. Travis Fisher, was a student.

She loved to paint, and did oil painting and crafts. For years she served on the St. Mark decorating committee. "Mom is decorating the church for the last time," Wallace said while the mosaic was being installed. "That, for me, is very special."
After choosing the artists, the church task force took about six months to select the final design, which involved several meetings and e-mail messages back and forth. Final design approval came July 28, and the artists had installed the mosaic by Oct. 28, the birthday of Katie Wallace.

ArtPrize 2014: Final 20 most popular entries revealed
Michigan Live, mlive.com October 5, 2014
By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk    jkaczmarczyk@mlive.com


GRAND RAPIDS, MI — After 11 days of public voting, ArtPrize today presented its list of the Final 20 public favorites that received the most votes during Round 1 of voting.

These Final 20 works move into the second round of voting, which begins today by 3 p.m., to determine which entry will be awarded the $200,000 grand prize and $20,000 prizes in each of four categories.  Five finalists each in the categories of Best Two-Dimensional work, Best Three-Dimensional work, Best Time-Based entry and Best Installation will advance to the second round of voting.

  • Round 1 of ArtPrize 2014 ended at 11:59 p.m. Saturday with a total of 37,283 voters casting 352,732 votes to select the Final 20.
  • In Round 2, each participant is limited to 20 votes, no more than one vote per entry. Round 2 voting closes at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, before the 2014 ArtPrize Awards are announced Friday evening, Oct. 10

The ArtPrize 2014 Public Vote Final 20, in no particular order:
TWO-DIMENSIONAL

"Autumn’s Passage"  Frits Hoendervanger, of Detroit
See it: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave. NW
"Gabriella"  Armin Mersmann, of Midland
See it: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave. NW
"Into the Autumn Woods"  Sandra Bryant, of Lynden, Washington
See it: DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW
"Outcry"  Gretchyn Lauer, of Grand Rapids
See it: DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW
"Perspective"  Mark Middleton, of Petoskey
See it: The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW

'Return to Eden'
 artist Sandra Bryant, 

ArtPrize 2012: Meet Top 10 artist Sandra Bryant, 'Return
to Eden'
Published: Monday, October 01, 2012, 11:45 AM     Updated: Monday, October 01, 2012, 12:03 PM
By
Zane McMillin |
zmcmilli@mlive.com
The Grand Rapids 
 
ArtPrize 2012 Top 10 artists.ArtPrize 2012 Top 10 artists gallery 
 
MLive.com asked ArtPrize 2012's Top 10 popular vote finalists to help us
share their stories and impressions about the contest.

Below are responses for Sandra Bryant, whose "Return to Eden" is outside the
Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Name: Sandra Bryant
Title of work: Return to Eden
Venue: Grand Rapids Public Museum
Voting code: 52413

Website: artprize.org/sandra-bryant/

About the artist: I have been working in glass mosaic for
the past 12 years and have created many large scale mosaic murals in Washington,
California and Missouri as well as residential and commercial commissions all
over the U.S. and fine art mosaic pieces. I work with my husband, Carl, in our home studio in Lynden, Washington.

About the art: "The Return to Eden" mosaic mural is one that
I’ve had in my head to create for many years. Its message is a one of peace and
serenity in our chaotic world, and a reminder of the perfect garden that God
intended for us. The piecing of the work took about 1,000 hours, with each piece
of glass individually shaped and the installation to the base another 10 days.  

What winning would mean: The prize money would, of course,
be a blessing. We would use the funds after covering costs of the mosaic
production and tithing to finance further education and contribute time and
funds to teach others the art of mosaic.

On ArtPrize: This is my first year at ArtPrize. I’ve had the
most delightful experience with Grand Rapids, in large part because I had the
good fortune to have the best hosts you can imagine.

Danny and Pat Eckert, of Grand Rapids, hosted me for the first week while I
was installing in Grand Rapids and beyond. They have been the most hospitable
and generous of people and introduced me to friends, took me to see Lake
Michigan, drove me all over Grand Rapids to see art from previous years, the
current year venues and around your lovely city.

SHOWCASE MOSAICS WORK SELECTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY MOSAIC ART

The exhibition, Mosaic Arts International, will be on view March 1 through April 30, 2012, at the Lexington Center Museum and Gallery, Lexington, KY

Lynden, WA, February 21, 2012 – The Society of American Mosaic Art (SAMA) has selected work by Showcase Mosaics, to be included in this year’s Mosaic Arts International, an annual juried exhibition of the best in contemporary mosaic art.  The exhibition takes place at the Lexington Center Museum and Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky, March 1 through April 30, 2012.

The work accepted for the exhibition is titled “Heritage”. This piece was commissioned by the Washington State Arts Commission and is installed at Nelson Elementary School in Graham, WA. There are two separate pieces to the mosaic, the first measures 78” x 388” and the second piece is 28” x 132”.  The mosaic is a depiction of the landscape and wildlife of the area as well as references to its pioneer and logging past.

Mosaic art, one of the world’s oldest art forms, is experiencing a major revival both in the United States and internationally.  Fine artists are discovering the unrivaled and compelling magnificence of the art form and material in achieving their artistic vision. 

“This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view outstanding examples of mosaic art from around the world in one venue, to allow the audience to experience the exciting ways that artists are utilizing this ancient art form with a modern and contemporary approach,” said Shug Jones, President of the SAMA Board of Trustees.  “These artists are using both traditional and non-traditional materials to really propel the art form to a degree unseen in recent history.”   

At Showcase Mosaics we are a husband and wife team from Lynden, WA. And we have been creating mosaics for 10 years. As artists we are mostly self-taught and draw on the rich natural beauty of Washington State for inspiration. Our work includes fine art, custom, commissions and kitchen backsplashes as well as large scale murals. Over the last year we have installed mosaics inside 3 walls of an elevator in Wheaton, IL, in an outdoor courtyard in Los Angeles, CA and a large backsplash in a private residence in La, Jolla, CA. We also had a piece installed in Providence Regional Medical Center – Everett. You can view images of our work at www.showcasemosaics.com or contact us at info@showcasemosaics.com .

MAI features the work of 56 mosaic artists from 24 different states in the US, as well as from Turkey, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa and Israel.  A vast array of material such as smalti, glass, ceramic, and metal are featured within the works of these artists.  The exhibit includes 2 dimensional, 3 dimensional, and architectural works.  Prizes totaling $5,000 will be awarded for the best in each of these categories as well as for ‘Best in Show’.

The Society of American Mosaic Artists, a dynamic group of more than 1,200 members, is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, and promoting excellence in mosaic arts.