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Here is what happened at November’s business meeting, in case you missed it. This one was chock full, as always…

     21 members and one guest, who subsequently joined, welcome Melodie!, gathered at Deborah Williams’ studio in Denver. Upcoming exhibits include a repeat of the theme exhibit Earth, Air, Fire, Water at the Loveland Museum Green Room from January 20-May 13. There is room for 17 pieces…let Becki know if you are interested…she needs paperwork by November 27th. Highlands Ranch library show is January 13-February 28; deadline to let Becki know also November 27th. There is room for up to 121 pieces so everyone should show at least one piece! There will be a reception Saturday January 13th…more details from Becki to follow. We are waiting for confirmation about a show in the fall at Children’s Hospital in Aurora and we are confirmed for shows at Belmar Library in November 2018, and Lakewood Arts Gallery and 40 West in 2019. And we will be applying to the Dairy Center in Boulder for 2019. Get glueing–:)
We currently have 63 members (65 since the meeting) and it is time to renew your dues for 2018–$40 cash, check or PayPal. We have $2139.75 in the bank and just received $14.44 from Amazon Smile for 3rd quarter donations. 
Don’t forget, if you do shop at Amazon, please use this special link to support CMA with your purchases…nothing extra for you and a few cents on each purchase for us…tell your friends and family, too!  If you’re shopping online, it makes it so very easy to donate to us…your favorite mosaic group! 
     93 calendars were sold at $12; 23 artists participated; there are a few extras if you want to purchase a couple more. Send posts for FaceBook and our website to Pam (, PR/Media Coordinator.
Hosts are needed for 2018; please contact Barb ( Our next meeting will be our annual pot luck holiday party SATURDAY December 9th at St. John Chrysostom Episcopal church, 13151 W 28th Ave in Golden from 1-4. A-I please bring beverage, J-R main dish, S-Z dessert. If you want to participate in gift exchange, please bring wrapped $10 mosaic related gift (one that you would want to receive!) Details will come shortly.
Nan Judson shared beautiful work she created and ideas about color theory and composition she learned in the CMA education grant funded workshop she took with North Carolina artist Carol Shelkin. Great tips about sorting colors and help to see not just color, but value and intensity. She had a glass sorting exercise for us that used gray scale and color wheels and using the b&w filter on your camera phone.     

Jeannie Clinkenbeard and yours truly, Jane Glotzer, were elected co-Presidents and Charles Meyers will be the new Secretary/Treasurer. We thank Misha for her tenure as President…it’s been two years of fantastic growth, educational opportunities and accomplishments. This will be my last monthly meeting recap…I know you will all miss my loquacious missives, but obviously, you’ll all be seeing me pretty regularly. Looking ahead to taking this amazing group forward with Jeannie and other board members, Becki, Barb, Pam and Charles.

As always, thanks for being a part of CMA…we couldn’t do it without you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving…see you in December!

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We had a lovely presentation by Judy Wrede who has painted tiles since 1998 and has her own studio and business suppling high-end design companies.
Judy brought some of her sample tiles and a wonderful PPT presentation.
Barb shared many great tips on working with Wedi board as a form for your mosaic work
  • Wedi can be purchased online and at CABCO
  • Better to use Wedi Board than some woods – Some members shared stores of mosaics coming off of wood after piece was complete.
  • Prep it for hanging BEFORE you glue – using D rings 1/3 way down back of piece
  • You can cut Wedi Board to size using a utility knife and ruler
  • Remember to go over edges with fiber tape (alkali resistant – where they sell cement supplies)
  • Cover with Thinset
  • Thinset tints can be purchased from Sherry Warner Hunter.  You can also  use color pigment from art stores.
  • Then members shared their artwork and techniques with the group
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18 members, including new members Peggy Rowlett and Nancy Holt (welcome!) along with photographer-in-chief Bob Taylor gathered at Pat’s house in Boulder We started the meeting with board members explaining the responsibilities for their positions and the time generally required, for potential applicants for President, (or co-President,) and Secretary/Treasurer. Elections are in November…please speak to Misha or Jane for any info you may need about these openings…we are here to help with the transition, and will hold your hand the whole way! 

    Our introduction “question” was Have you ever had an idea for a project, but were too scared to try? What was stopping you and why? Lots of interesting responses from Wedi board to various tool phobias to not enough time and too many ideas! Barb would love to help with the tool/material phobic…email her with ideas for meeting ideas if you would like support with dremels, saws, framing, wiring for shows, etc…

   It’s also been decided that our pro bono project this year will be the Make & Take for children at the Denver Maker Faire October 14, 15, 2017 as education is part of our mission statement. Volunteers at our booth will also be able to show their art and will discuss and promote mosaics with the adult participants.

Pat took a free class at Apple and gave a fabulous presentation on how she uses iMovie to create videos. She also showed great photos discussing the mathematics of beauty, portraits by the masters, self portraits and how to start creating portraits with mosaics. She also shared some of her cool new photo collage faces. Other members shared new work including new member Nancy, along with Jean, Jeannie, Cindy, Julie, and Jane…come to a meeting and see what we are creating!

The show at Westminster City Hall was hung yesterday and looks fabulous…a beautiful mosaic of work!!! Come out to the reception this Thursday August 24th from 5 to 7 and support your fellow CMAers.
New updated roster and email list will follow shortly. We have 61 members and are going strong!

e last reminder…If you do shop at Amazon, please use this special link to support CMA with your purchases…nothing extra for you and a few cents on each purchase for us…tell your friends and family, too!  If you’re shopping online, it makes it so very easy to donate to us…your favorite mosaic group!

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Hello CMA Members!
As mentioned at the last meeting we have a couple of fun new sculpture workshops that we are offering to our members. As a member we are offering a $50 credit that can be used toward either of these workshops. You can invite friends or family to take these workshops with you, but they will need to pay the full price. This is an amazing opportunity for CMA members to learn some new skills. Each of these workshops is a little different so please pay attention to the course description and details below.

***Kathy Thaden has had a few folks sign up already and space is limited to 12.

***In order to get this amazing deal from Katherine England we need a minimum of 20 participants.

If you have any desire to attend or participate in these workshops please don’t delay, sign up today!

Kathy Thaden of Thaden Mosaics
***Date’s have been changed to August 25th, 26th and 27th***

Mosaic-Ready Sculpture
During this three-day workshop, Kathy will help you flesh out your ideas so you can create an original piece of mosaic art!
Using wire mesh, mortar, other tools and materials you will learn to create your own original sculpture. These materials enable the mosaic artist to create a range of forms and shapes inexpensively, sturdy and ready to mosaic!
This workshop will include discussions and demonstrations covering such things as mixing and applying a durable mortar, materials used, safety concerns and more. This workshop is a must for anyone seeking to expand their sculptural mosaic horizons! No mosaic will be applied at this workshop, but you’ll be creating a unique three-dimensional form you can later mosaic with your own tesserae.

As the workshop draws nearer, Kathy will email guidelines to participants to help you explore ideas for your 3D form.

Materials provided:
Thinset mortar
Hardware cloth
Custom Wood base if needed

You’ll need to bring:
Wire cutters
Needle-nose and any other pliers
Leather work gloves for working with wire
Rubber or vinyl gloves for working with the thinset

Workshop runs three full days from 10:00am to 4:00pm
FridaySunday, Aug. 25th  26th and 27th, 2017
Location: CITC (Construction Industry Training Council) 646 Mariposa St. Denver, CO 80204
Fee:  $200 plus $20 materials fee = $220 Total

Please use the following link to register and pay for your workshop with Kathy. If you are a member please note on the form that you are sending $50 less so that CMA can reimburse Kathy for your credit. You still need to pay the minimum $50 deposit by August 1 to secure a spot. Your CMA discount will be taken off the balance due.

Katherine England of Katherine’s Studio

Online Lightweight Garden Sculpture
Katherine is offering her Online Lightweight Garden Sculpture course, normally priced at $200. This is a one-time offer for $100, which you can then use the $50 credit bringing the course to just $50!! Please take a look at the link below. But do not sign up there! This is an online workshop, so there is not a defined start and finish date.
How to sign up:

  • Please email me ( with your intent to join this course, and verify what email address you’d like to use for the course.
  • Please send a check (addressed to CMA) in the amount of $50 for members or $100 for non-members to me at:

Misha Moore
10240 W 8th Place
Lakewood, CO 80215

  • You will need to sign up by July 10th.
  • I will then get the appropriate information to Katherine and she will email you about the workshop from there.

These are both very unique opportunities for our members, please take advantage of the awesome opportunity and the amazing savings!

You can only use one $50 credit, you cannot use it on both workshops!
If you have any question please feel free to call, email or text me.

Thank you,
Misha Moore
President Colorado Mosaic Artists


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This was mostly a business meeting, but we did have fun hearing from Kathy Thaden about andamento, color theory and creating series of artworks.  And then Bob reminded us of our CMA resources (website, facebook and yahoo group) with a 15 minute screen-capture video which can be seen at .  There are currently only 24 members who have information on the website.  All members are encouraged to submit their images and information to Pam to have it included on the website.

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We had the pleasure of having Alyson Stanfield, an art business coach, present at our meeting.  Alyson wrote the book “I’d Rather Be in the Studio!”.  She had an open forum where we could ask questions about anything from  making art to social media to business.

Afterwards, we had time to share our current works.  What a variety of mosaics we have in this group!

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Hosted by Karen Keyes at Colorado Hardscapes in Denver

Workshops and events coming up:
Martin Cheek’s ( 2 day workshop will be April 29-30–$350 plus $50 for materials. Misha has a new book of his available for purchase for $30 and he will sign it for you when he’s here, if you like.  Gila Rayberg ( will be doing a 3 day workshop in September–also $350 plus $50 for materials. Both of these will take place in Denver at 6th and Kalamath. Info has gone out about all of these events…email Barb or MIsha if you need more. And don’t forget our fabulous CMA library also has many fabulous mosaic books you may borrow and take home for inspiration.
NCAR in Boulder opening reception was well attended…People’s Choice votes were tallied and an announcement went out announcing winners…congrats to all! If you haven’t had a chance to see the show, please go check it out! ! It will be up until June 3rd at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder–
for info.
First invited guest artist Andi Burnum creates amazing mosaic realistic “photographs” of dogs with paper. She has been working in this medium for 16 years and mainly does commissions for family and friends. Check out her work at
Second guest artist speaker was Amy Clarke Moore, who works with teeny #15 Japanese seed beads and creates amazing photo-realistic painstakingly beaded embroidery.  Check out her Etsy shop Six Swans Flying. She also has written a book and sells bead embroidery kits for you to get started.
Member Jean Wilson spoke all about polymer clay and her mixed media work. She uses clay, glass, metal, fiber, and creates many of the tesserae she uses in her mosaics.
Member Barb Arne also shared her techniques for adding photographs under glass to your work.
We had a quick show and tell with Jean, Becki and Ron sharing recent work. Jean also shared a video of a news story recounting her work with kids at Crawford Elementary on their trash can project.

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@ Washington Heights Arts Center, Lakewood, Colorado

Thanks Alina Pelegrin for hosting and showing us how she teaches Mosaic 101!  Misha went over all kinds of mosaic adhesives, tools and an especially fun demo of breaking tempered glass.  Barb showed us the ins-and-outs of the morton glass cutting system, cutting a circle, a ring saw and grinder.  Marlea got all wet showing us her smart technique with a tile saw.  And Pam showed off the ancient technique of a hammer and hardie.  We had so much going on, there wasn’t even time to show off our own work!

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