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During the summer season, mosaic artist Debra D’Souza solicited works from 49 senior residents in Rochester, throughout classes on the Rochester Art Center, Austin ArtWorks, and 125 LIVE.

The challenge, known as “50 by 50+,” was funded by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

The first of two mosaic reveals went up Oct. 28, in 125 LIVE’s senior middle. An artist reception will happen on Nov. 8.

Mosaic from the 50 by 50+ exhibit. Contributed / Debra D'Souza

Mosaic from the 50 by 50+ exhibit. Contributed / Debra D’Souza

Lanners was acquainted with D’Souza’s works earlier than she heard concerning the lessons, and “thought they were exceptional.”

“I was so excited — over the moon — when I was offered a chance to participate in the class,” she mentioned.

That pleasure manifested in Lanners’ yet-unnamed piece — a crescent moon with a star, surrounded by conventional mandala shapes.

“For me, the moon seems to hold a special fascination,” she mentioned. “Crescent moons have a variety of meanings. I gravitate to its association with womanhood, intuitiveness, psyche and empowerment.”

Debra D'Souza works on a stained-glass mosaic mandala that will be displayed in the alley that runs behind the Castle Community on  Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at the Castle in downtown Rochester. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

Debra D’Souza works on a stained-glass mosaic mandala that can be displayed within the alley that runs behind the Castle Community on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, on the Castle in downtown Rochester. (Joe Ahlquist / [email protected])

Many of the senior artists had by no means labored with glass earlier than, D’Souza mentioned, however turned out effectively nonetheless.

“You can just see the pride on their faces when they see how well their artwork looks,” she mentioned.

Participant Bernadine Jax had spent 14 years making mandalas — however by no means with stained glass.

“The thing that surprised me was the time needed to learn how to use the instruments well, in order to cut the shapes of the glass to complete the project,” she mentioned.

Rhonda Ostberg, a earlier mosaics pupil, mentioned she primarily based the design for “Sun and Moon” on an summary portray by Robert Delaunay.

"Sun and Moon" by Rhonda Ostberg. Contributed.

“Sun and Moon” by Rhonda Ostberg. Contributed.

The first session, she mentioned, was all about designing the mandalas.

“We had access to paper and tools to help draw a circle the size of the mandala you wanted to make,” Ostberg mentioned. “From there, we divided the circle into sections and played with shapes and came up with a design. The next two sessions consisted of cutting colored glass to create our mandalas.”

A second 50 by 50+ exhibition will go to the Rochester Art Center in December and January, D’Souza mentioned.

Lanners was proud and stunned to listen to that the completed items can be displayed.

“I couldn’t believe how much this class awoke my creative spirit,” Lanners mentioned. “I’m a beancounter by trade and while I have a creative side, I often set it aside for long periods of time. (D’Souza) is right; mosaic really has an incredibly additive quality to it!”

Mosaic from the 50 by 50+ exhibit. Contributed / Debra D'Souza

Mosaic from the 50 by 50+ exhibit. Contributed / Debra D’Souza

If You Go

What: 50 by 50+ exhibit at 125 LIVE

When: Exhibit opened Oct. 28, artwork reception 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 within the River Rooms

Where: 125 LIVE, 125 Elton Hills Drive NW, Rochester

More Information: https://rochesterartcenter.org/event/debra-dsouza/


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