Cathy Ambose Smith
I’ve been an avid collector of unique and unusual items since childhood. The idea of incorporating them into mosaics just seemed a natural way to combine this passion for collecting with my love of art. I enjoy creating with discarded items, as there‘s a history behind each treasure I find.
I’ve had extensive experience working with mosaics and mixed media. Over the past several years, I’ve participated in various local art shows; national juried shows as well as exhibited in the region. In one project, I was selected to create a large three dimensional fiberglass fish for the "Fintastically Fredericksburg" program which raised funds for the Rappahannock River. On another, I collaborated with fellow artist to create a large mosaic book sculpture "Art in the Pages” for the Fairfax, Virginia Library Foundation. For the 2012-13 academic year, I was the artist-in-residence at Fredericksburg Academy, Fredericksburg, VA.
Since 2010, I’ve been teaching mosaic art courses and workshops in Fredericksburg and Northern Virginia. Currently I’m offering art instruction to local underprivileged children through grants funded by the state of Virginia.
I have a B.S. in Photography/Art from Ithaca College (1979) and an M.S. in Photojournalism from Ohio University (1982). I worked for many years first as a photojournalist and later as a graphic/web designer at the University of Mary Washington. My husband and I have lived in Fredericksburg for thepast 32 years and have two children.
Joan S. Powell
I am a self taught mosaic artist. As an antique dealer for over 20 years, I have always collected interesting and unusual items that catch my eye. This assortment of "stuff' now provides me with an endless source of inspiration as I create new assemblage art from old, found objects.
My first project was a small birdhouse covered with "smashed up" plates and figurines. Today, in addition to birdhouses, I create intricate vases, mirrors, frames, table tops, plant stands, and memory jugs. The process of using found objects for assemblage art is very rewarding and it provides me a fun and creative way to express myself.