AIMC International Association of Contemporary Mosaicists NEWSLETTER

April 2015

Happy Easter!

Tile mosaic with rabbit, lizard and mushroom.  From the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
In this newsletter we will share with you both sad and happy news.

The happy news is that our Edda Mally was conferred with the 
Grand Decoration of Honour of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Austria; the ceremony took place on March 3, 2015. We are all very proud and happy for her!



And now the sad news: 
Vanessa Somers Vreeland, UK mosaic artist and long-time AIMC member, passed away recently. We were informed of this very sad news by her beloved husband Freck (Frederick) Vreeland. Vanessa, a sensitive mosaicist, teacher and mosaic lecturer, was a constant and ardent participant in AIMC activities. She divided her time between travelling, lecturing, exhibiting in various countries, and creating mosaics in Marrakech and Rome. You can see some  of her work at and hear her being interviewed by George Fishman on the occasion of the 12th AIMC congress in Athens, 2010, at:

       Green Eye

 We will miss her elegance and sensitivity.

-submitted by Artemis Klitsi 

AIMC Mosaic Competitions/Exhibitions

 First International Festival of
Contemporary Mosaic, 4th Edition


The internationally-known RavennaMosaico festival contest, organized by AIMC and the Municipality of Ravenna, will take place from October 10 to November 8, 2015.  Closing date for contest entries is May 15, 2015.  The contest consists of two sections:
  • The mosaic work section Opere dal mondo-Works from the World for actual mosaic works; and,

  • The photographic section Architettura e Mosaico –Architecture and Mosaic, with photos of mosaic projects.

Click here for the contest application.

The RavennaMosaico festival  will host exhibitions, conferences, lectures, presentations of publications related to mosaic, and academic studies related to the development of contemporary mosaic.

 For more information about the festival, please visit




AIMC announces a new initiative for young students, the 1st edition of the biennial competition PREMIO AIMC STUDENTI (PAS) AIMC PRIZE FOR STUDENTS, conducted in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts of Ravenna, for students not older than  30 years of age, who express themselves through mosaic.

All participating works will be exhibited in November 2015, in Ravenna. There will be 3 winning works with corresponding monetary awards.

Deadline for applications : July 30, 2015. Participation is free of any fees.

Please click here for details concerning this contest.  We invite all members and AIMC friends to contribute to this initiative by promoting the announcement of the competition in the various art schools and institutions of their city/town, in order to achieve maximum participation of interested students.
We look forward to your joining in these special events!

New Discounts for AIMC Members:


We are happy to announce the following additional discounts for members which were recently arranged:

  • Opera Di Religione Della Diocesi di Ravenna: reduced price for a combined ticket for the following monuments of Ravenna: Basilica of San Vitale, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Neonian Baptistry , Archbishop Museum / Chapel of St. Andrew.
To see the complete list of AIMC member benefits, please visit our website at Discounts for Members

Can you arrange a benefit or discount for AIMC members  who come to visit your town or locality?  If so, please let us know and we will publish it in the newsletter and on the website! Write us at

-submitted by Rosetta Berardi

News from the World

Chicago Mosaic School presents Verdiano Marzi

                                                                                                          “Silenzio” 2013

Dal Sogno all'Opus Veritas

March 28 - July 3, 2015
Opening Reception Friday, 
April 10th, 6:00-9:00pm at 
The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago
115 East Delaware (through the Gratz Center)
(at Michigan Avenue) Chicago, Illinois USA

Internationally renowned artist Verdiano Marzi will open his first solo American exhibition in Chicago, Illinois, at  Chicago's historic Fourth Presbyterian Church running March 28- July 3rd, 2015.  Meet the artist Maestro Marzi at the opening reception of his exhibition,"Dal Sogno all'Opus Veritas", Friday, April 10th, from 6:00-9:00pm, featuring his mosaics, sculptures and drawings. Please join us at the Artists reception for a special dance and music performance and refreshments.

This exhibition coincides with the 10th Anniversary of The Chicago Mosaic School, the first school for Mosaic Arts in the United States. Catalogs for the exhibition will be available for purchase online or at The Chicago Mosaic School after the opening.
Marzi’s love of mosaic dates back to his childhood in Ravenna. He was born there in 1949. Early on an observant schoolteacher noticed his artistic gifts and recommended that his parents, who were of extremely modest means, send him to the newly opened State Institute of Art for Mosaic. There, he flourished . . .

                    “Banchisa” 2015                                                                     "Alba” 2015

-submitted by Karen Ami and 
Beatrice Propetto Marzi

Chicago Mosaic School

                                                                                      “sweet sorrow” by Deb Madsen (Iowa)


“Under the Influence”

March 10- April 23, 2015
GoCM - The Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics, Chicago
Vernisage Friday April 13, 6-9 pm
An exhibition by artists from around the United States in homage to Maestro Verdiano Marzi, who has helped to change the perception of contemporary mosaics both through his work and through his teachings over the last 5 years at The Chicago Mosaic School.  
Exhibiting artists include:
Karen Ami ,Eugenia Brown, David Chidgey, Sue Coombs, Anne Curley, Charlene Floreani, Carolynn Friedman, Sue Giannotti, Ahmed Ibrahim, Dean Madsen, 
Deb Madsen, Andryea Natkin, Enid Probst, Matteo Randi, Angela Sanders, 
Casey Van Loon, and Jamie Pink Weisbrod.
Sensa Titilo by Casey Van Loon (Illinois)                                  “Counter Point” by David Chidgey (Texas)
-submitted by Karen Ami

Iule Amado Fishgrund


Delires de Livres  Livres-objets/ Livres d'artistes

April 25 - May 17,2015

Collégiale Saint-André
Iule Amado-Fishgrund dans le cadre de l' Association Am'Arts, exposition collective de livres d'artistes de diverses disciplines artistiques.
Cette exposition a lieu tous les 2 ans avec chaque fois un thème imposé et des couleurs à respecter. Cette année le thème est: “Si nous allions”....

-submitted by Iule Amado Fishgrund

Laurence De Croze

Des Tesselles et des Lettres

Solo Exhibition of Laurence de Croze

March 30 - April 17, 2015
Private viewing April 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Laurence de Croze presents his works that go beyond traditional techniques, questioning the relationship between writing and texture.  Also new materials are introduced as mechanisms, letters of printers and printing plates bringing a contemporary touch to his mosaic work.
Ongoing Events

Edda Mally


Touring Exhibition

The exhibition at Martina Franca (February 18- March 15, 2015) is the latest showing of the Touring Exhibition which began after the XIV AIMC International Congress in Vienna and has thus far been shown in many sites around the world.  Through voting of the viewing public, the following winners were announced: 
1st place to Susan Rudolf  for her work: It´s me, woman with African Spirit.
2nd place was given again to Renèe Antoine Malavale for her mosaic: Without Title.
3rd place to Elaine M. Goodwin for her work: Light Coitus.  

 It´s me, woman with African Spirit                             Without title                                             Light Coitus    
Complete descriptive information from Edda Mally, here.

-submitted by Edda Mally

Toyoharu Kii


 Toyoharu Kii's solo exhibition "Dreams of Tesserae"

 February 7- June 28, 2015

At Chapelle Saint-Eman, Chartres France

This panoramic exhibition spans 26 years of Kii's career, from 1988 to 2014.
His principle for making mosaic is, " Find expression that only the
medium of mosaic can realize". With 30 mosaics exhibited, you will see
his trials.

-submitted by Toyoharu Kii

Enzo Tinarelli


Atout Coeurs

The president and the entire team from the House of Contemporary Mosaic
have the pleasure to invite you on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
to the opening of the exhibition, with the Artist present.

The exhibition will remain open until April 16, 2015.

B 15 quai de l'industrie
F- 71600 Paray le Monial
Tel. 0385888313

-submitted by Rosetta Berardi

Closed Events

Nathalie Chaulaic

We will be present at this show in Diagora Labège Artoulouse at stand 31 (central courtyard) with painter, MoonLo.  We will present paintings and mosaics. Print out the attached invitation for entrance to the show.

-submitted by Natalie Chaulaic

Elaine M. Goodwin


                                                                   Eventide II
Solo Exhibition of Elaine M. Goodwin
March 3 - March 24, 2015

From the artist:
This exhibition explores art as an act of love. In the work of the late 19th and early 20th Century, the ʻIntimisteʼ painters - Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard - used a broken-colour technique to capture the light and atmosphere of an intimate and fleeting moment. In this exhibition of new work - intimacy is explored in broken and low tones using the light=emitting materials of Ravenna glass and Venetian golds. The works are like confidences shared.

Eventide V                                                                                                            Sigh II

mediArt espace Gallery
31 Grand-rue, Luxembourg

See Invitation to exhibit here.

-submitted by Elaine M. Goodwin

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-submitted by Lila Abdul-Rahim
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