On the cutting edge of mosaics

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Lakewood’s North and Mezzanine Galleries are the home of a new exhibits that highlights the changing world of mosaics.

“Cutting Edges” runs at the Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, until Nov. 2.

‘The galleries are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The show was juried by mosaic artists Julie Richey.

“This is the first regional mosaic fine art exhibit, and it’s in collaboration with Colorado Mosaic Artists,” said Lakewood arts curator Lorene Joos. “The CMA approached us about a year ago with this idea, and it was something I was really intrigued by.”

The exhibit features around 30 artists, most of who are members of the CMA, working in both 2-D and 3-D. The artists use a variety of materials, from found objects and torn paper to glass and ceramic.

“Part of our goal as an organization is to show what modern mosaics are,” said Kathy Thaden, president of the CMA. “A lot of our members submit works to fine arts shows, but this if the first all mosaics exhibit we’re doing. It’s something we’ve wanted for a while.”

By employing a range of techniques and andamenti — stylistic ways of arranging the pieces — the artists are able to create incredible pieces. Joos said the variety of works and materials used is really amazing, and gives the works a whole new texture. According to Thaden, what makes mosaics special is how tactile the art is.

“Working hands on is very addicting, and it gives the work a great feel,” she said. “Because of the materials — especially things like found materials and broken glass — it can be a very green art form, as well.”

For more information, visit www.lakewood.org, and for information on the CMA, visit www.coloradomosaics.org.

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