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Amanda Edwards

Amanda Edwards

Mandolin Mosaics

Simply put, I love glass. I love the textures, variety of colors, shapes, sizes, reflections, even the sound it makes when I’m scoring and cutting it. Glass allows me to take a thousand little pieces of color and turn them into a flowing representation of my very active imagination.

While I am meticulous in my technique, I try very hard to keep my work spontaneous. I may do a rough sketch of the main subject, but I rarely plan the placement of glass ahead of time. Throughout the creation process, I try to keep myself submerged in the moment of my initial inspiration, whether it be through sounds, smells, images, or returning to a specific location over and over again. My goal in working this way is to keep each mosaic alive & natural. Every piece of glass is put into place with purpose, intent, joy, love, and inspiration behind it. Like a photograph, a mosaic is my way of trying to capture a moment -- with a helping of playfulness and a decent dollop of whimsy.


I always welcome inquiries regarding artwork commission, and both public or private mosaic installation work. Contact me with any questions you might have!

 

Biography

· October 2016 Solo Month-long exhibit at Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery, Portland Maine
· February 2016  Design and creation of 41 mosaics for installation at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital
· October 2015 Commission for Allagash Brewing, Portland Maine. 92 foot long mosaic floor installation.

· May 2015 Creation & installation of a Collaborative ABC mosaic Mural for Ronald McDonald House, Portland Maine·
· August 2014- 7' x 5'  Mural for Ronald McDonald House, Columbus Ohio·
· January 2014- Collaboration Public Art Piece "Unfurled", installed at Ceil Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina·
· Jan 2012-October 2013 - Creation and Installation of a 25 foot (5-story) mosaic mural at Boston Children's Hospital·
· October 2013- Mosaic Surfboard Commission, Boston Children's Hospital
· July 2013- Two month show at The Chocolate Church Art's Center, in Bath Maine.
· November 2012- Awarded a contract with Boston Children's Hospital for the creation of a 5 story mural
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· October 2012- Mosaic Collaboration Mural Installation at Florence House, Portland ME·
· August 2012- Month-long show of my work, Cape Elizabeth Arts Commission Gallery, Cape Elizabeth ME·
· June 22-July 21, 2012
- I was juried into "Art is Community III", a regional juried Fine Art show, Buxton ME·
· June 2012- Won First Place in the Mixed Media & Sculpture Category, Juried Art is Community III Show, Buxton ME
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· June 2012- Won Second Place- People's Choice Vote, in the Juried Art is Community III Show, Buxton ME
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· November 2011 Large mosaic installation at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, Portland Maine
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· November 2011 Donation of a mosaic surfboard bench, Surfscapes, Portsmouth NH.  Heading up this collaboration mosaic,
  with the PieceMaker Mosaic Group
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· September 2011 Commissioned Boston Children's Hospital Mosaic Installation, through Latitude Gallery, Newbury Street,
  Boston
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· 2011 London Hospital Trust Collection through the London Mosaic Project ·

· December 2010 NASA art contest finalist ·

· June 2010-current, selling at Trinket and Fern Gallery, Portland Maine ·

· June 2010 Philadelphia Magic Gardens Art Show ·

· May 2010 Solo month-long show at 645 Congress Street, Portland Maine ·

· May 2010 First Friday Artwalk Featured Artist, Portland Maine ·

· March 2010, Awarded First Place, over all favorite piece in Etsy Piece Maker Mosaic Contest "Dream a little Dream"·

· November 2009- April 2010 Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge MA, exhibit of select works ·

· Sept & October 2009 Somerville Museum exhibit "The Art of Mosaic" ·

· July & August 2009 Rise Gallery Exhibit ·

· July 2009 Solo month-long exhibit at Maples Organics, Portland Maine ·

· July 2009 First Friday Art Walk Featured Artist, Portland Maine ·

· December 2009 Freeport Square Gallery Featured Artist ·

· March 2009, Awarded First Place, over all favorite piece in an Etsy Piece Maker Mosaic Contest·

· 2008- full focus on commissioned private installation work.
· 2007- Current, Captain of the Piece Maker Mosaic Group, and international group of Mosaic artists·
· 2007-Current, Writer of the Piece Maker international mosaic group Blog, conducting interviews and highlighting mosaic art
  from around the world
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Publications Online & in Print

 


An article about my Boston Children's Hospital Mural appeared in the Portland Press Herald's Sunday paper on January 5, 2014

To read the full article, go here: Portland Press Herald Article

February 2013
Front page of The Cape Courier.
Click here to read the full interview.

July 2011

Mosaic Art Charity London Book

Featuring Art work by select mosaic artists from around the world. Click here to purchase this wonderful book.

 September 2011

I was Featured on the Abode/Casa/Home website.

Click the image below to read the piece.

May 2011

Mosaic Featured on TechRepublic, in an article about a NASA & Etsy art contest. 

April 2011

Front page of the Portland Press Herald's Home and Garden section. 

Read the full interview here:


Professional memberships and affiliations: 

I am co-founder of Etsy's Mosaic Group, The PieceMakers, with members from all over the world.