Our Own Kate Jessup – Best In Show!

Exciting news in the fine art world coming out of our Renton showroom!!

The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) has selected the work of our Renton showroom manager, Kate Jessup to be included in this year’s Mosaic Arts International 2010.  This is an annual juried exhibition of members’ outstanding work, which unites compelling materials, innovative design, and masterful technique.  It will take place in Chicago during March and April, to coincide with the American Mosaic Summit.  The Smith Museum of Stained Glass at Navy Pier will host the show, and over 80,000 visitors are expected to attend during its run from March 1-April 30.  The exhibition is considered to be the year’s most significant display of international contemporary mosaic fine art.

Kate received additional honors when her piece was voted by a panel of esteemed artists and curators as the best in show for the 3-D works category!

Karen Ami, SAMA president and exhibition chair, notes that “MAI has become the most competitive mosaic arts exhibition in the U.S.  This year’s show will inspire and excite those who are familiar with mosaic as well as those seeing contemporary mosaic art for the first time.”  More than 250 artists from eight countries submitted entries, and only 48 pieces were ultimately selected for exhibition.

Kate’s piece, titled “Cedar Stump”, was sculpted from dense foam-core.  The top was then covered with mahogany veneer and clear glass.  The body is a combination of stained glass, Crossville Glass Blox and Walker Zanger Spa Glass.  It is grouted with Laticrete Permacolor #66 Chestnut Brown.

This month Kate travels to Chicago to receive her award and celebrate the opening of the museum exhibition.  Congratulations, Kate!


Upcoming Events in Everett Area

We cordially invite you to join us for one or both of the upcoming events in the Everett area:

Saturday, March 6th – 9:00am
Location:  United Tile Everett Showroom – 11520 Airport Road, Everett 98204

Join us for a fun, relaxed morning as we explore the amazing world of tile!  Perhaps no other finishing material has such a historic, beautiful and practical appeal as tile.  We will explore what is available to today’s homeowners interested in incorporating this classic material into their homes.  Presented by United Tile and Historic Everett (www.historiceverett.org).
Cost:  $10 public, $5 members of Historic Everett

Thursday, March 11th – 1:00pm-8:00pm (see exact schedule below)
Location:  Lynnwood Convention Center

Come see the latest in products and trends from leading manufacturers.  This event is sponsored by the Washington State Floor Covering Association and is geared towards flooring salespeople, designers, architects, builders, installers, and dealers.  Free admission and parking (for trade show & demonstrations).  Informative seminars (for CEU credits) are $20 each if paid in advance (or $40 at the door).  There will be complimentary food and beverages … and some great door prizes as well!
Booths open: 2:00pm-8:00pm
Seminars:  1:00pm-7:30pm (for CEU credits)
Demonstration Classes:  1:00pm-7:00pm
(visit www.wsfca.org for topics and exact schedules)

Come see us!

We have some fun new vignettes in our Renton showroom and want to invite you to come see them!  These feature some of our newest products and are sure to serve as great inspiration.  We have redone two of our tabletops, and added a three-sided vignette that is filled with creativity.  Come see us!  (click on any image to see it larger)   

Products used include: Casa Dolce Casa~Pietre/2~Vulci~16x32 and 8x16 Modular Listelo (run vertically) ** Stone & Pewter~Sumi-e~Morioka Natural 1-3/8x6 ** Sonoma~Tantrum~Jayata 1x8 Liner~Brahama Gold ** Louvre~18x18~Brushed Limestone (on the floor)
Products used include: Supergres~Nouveau~Beige~12x24 ** Sonoma~Vihara Glass~Karuna Iridescent~1/2x1/2 and 1/2x1 ** Questech~Sandgate~Mesa Bronze~Corinthian Liner~1/2x8 ** Island Pebbles~Maluku Tan~interlocking sheets (on the floor)


Products used include: Blue Limestone~Brushed~8x8, 8x16, 16x16, 16x24 ** Sonoma~Mosuprema~Bainbridge~1x1 mosaics ** Island Pebbles~Aberdeen Grey~interlocking sheets (on the floor)
Products used include: Panaria~Aisthesis~Lavica~Lappato~18x18 ** Walker Zanger~Studio Moderne~Plaza Pattern~5x8~Calacata, Lagos Azul & London Grey ** Walker Zanger~Marble~Calacata~Honed (cut down) ** Panaria~Aisthesis~Sabbia~Lappato~18x18 (cut down)
Products used include: Supergres~Nouveau~Brun~12x24 (and 4x24 Bullnose on edge) ** Stone & Pewter Accents~Japonaise~Hope Natural~1x1 and 1/2x1 blends