“Fountain” by Mark Brody will be on display at the Northwind Arts Center.

“Fountain” by Mark Brody will be on display at the Northwind Arts Center.

Modern mosaics highlighted at Northwind Arts Center

PORT TOWNSEND — Northwind Arts Center will present “Tradition, Transgression, Transformation: Contemporary Mosaic Art from the Pacific Northwest,” beginning Thursday.

The month-long show at the center at 701 Water St., showcases Northwest Mosaic Artists’ Alliance exhibitors Lynn Adamo, Mark Brody, Todd Campbell, Joanne Daschel, Richard Davis, Scott Fitzwater, Kelley Knickerbocker, Jennifer Kuhns and Karen Rycheck.

“Whether their work is representational or abstract, mosaic art lives and breathes through them as they aspire to their own personal versions of the ‘perfect illusionism’ achieved by ancient Byzantine artisans,” organizers said.

In the mid-20th century, as a group of artists in Europe, primarily in Italy, began looking at mosaics for their potential as a medium for self-expression rather than just a vehicle for public decoration, organizers said.

“There is much in this exhibit that mosaicists of previous eras would recognize,” according to a press release.

”The process of reducing sheets of hard material into tesserae, the essential units of a mosaic; the quest to build lines that achieve the rhythm and grace of andamento—the NMAA artists share a sensibility and a language with artists and artisans who are remote from them in time and place.”

Exhibit hours are form noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday or by appointment.

For more information visit www.northwindarts.org

“Limit” by Joanne Daschel is among the mosaics that will be shown at Northwind Arts Center.

“Limit” by Joanne Daschel is among the mosaics that will be shown at Northwind Arts Center.

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