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Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014
By: Maureen Belden

Building Community through Mosaics

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The art room at Ingleside at Rock Creek is full of the latest creations and individual studio space. From tee-shirt quilting, to sculpting and water color painting to sketching it is evident that creativity lives and thrives in this space. However, the eye is drawn to one of the most popular art activities in our community: mosaic art. In the art studio mosaic projects are in various stages of completion. A quick tour of Ingleside at Rock Creek will also show many completed works donning the halls and common areas. But the most important aspect of these classes and works of art is the sense of community that it builds for all of our residents.

The art room at Ingleside at Rock Creek is full of the latest creations and individual studio space. From tee-shirt quilting, to sculpting and water color painting to sketching it is evident that creativity lives and thrives in this space. However, the eye is drawn to one of the most popular art activities in our community: mosaic art. In the art studio mosaic projects are in various stages of completion. A quick tour of Ingleside at Rock Creek will also show many completed works donning the halls and common areas. But the most important aspect of these classes and works of art is the sense of community that it builds for all of our residents.

Bunty Ketcham began the Mosaic Group after moving into Ingleside at Rock Creek in 2006. She had previous artistic experience with leaded glass, but joked that this medium was much more manageable for the community. From its conception, the group has been a unifying endeavor for the community. “The first person to respond to the ad and join the Mosaic Group was a resident living in the Assisted Living,” says Ketcham. The group has been unifying individuals at Ingleside at Rock Creek ever since. Currently there are over 10 residents that meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays to work on individual as well as group mosaic projects.

Joyce Edson describes the group as a “wonderful community of people where we get to collaborate and work with our hands.” None of the other members of the group has previously worked with mosaics, but Bunty has helped each member learn the process of drawing the cartoon, cutting, grinding, and fitting the glass pieces, and then filling the crevices with grout. As members of the group gain experience, they quickly become teachers of new members and develop their own personal styles: “There are some of us who are very precise and meticulous, others of us like me who are ‘quick and dirty’ in cutting and grinding glass, but we all work together and complement each other’s styles,” says Ketchum.

The community-building does not stop when the mosaic class lets out. The large group projects are made for particular parts of the community. Many mosaic pieces are displayed in the café, lounge, and entrances to the building. Also, members of the group like Cami Burnight donate the pieces they work on individually to decorate rooms in the Health Care Center. These pieces of art brighten up the walls as well as the spirits of residents throughout the community.

So we congratulate and thank the Mosaic Group for another beautiful work of art displayed at Ingleside at Rock Creek, but also for the sense of community that the group embodies - a community dedicated to friendship and quality of life.



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