Pieces all fit for the DAB Mo­saics artists

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROVE - An­gelique Pat­ter­son

TEACH­ING how to create mo­saics is se­cond-na­ture for Dou­glas Arts Base tu­tor Sam Matthews, who is also busy plan­ning an artis­tic show for Carnivale’s Beach Day.

Ev­ery Satur­day af­ter­noon be­gin­ners and ad­vanced mo­saic artists gather at DAB in Moss­man un­der the guid­ance of Ms Matthews, who is happy to teach the ba­sics of cre­at­ing an in­tri­cate mo­saic piece.

‘‘I teach from the real ba­sics of how to glue, cut, break, how to make pic­tures and mo­saic dif­fer­ent sur­faces depend­ing on whether it’s for out­side or in­side, in a wet area or in the sun,’’ she said.

‘‘We have com­plete be­gin­ners to peo­ple do­ing it for a cou­ple years now and they keep sur­pris­ing me, in­spir­ing me ac­tu­ally – over the Christ­mas break a few of them did heaps of mo­saics and showed me, it was some pretty amaz­ing stuff they brought in.

‘‘Peo­ple should come along. It’s a so­cial out­ing, you learn some­thing new and you can start any­time, I can come on a ca­sual ba­sis and I go to DAB ev­ery Satur­day af­ter­noon from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. Who­ever shows up, I have some­thing for them to do.’’

When she is not teach­ing, Ms Matthews is busy plan­ning her Carnivale art show, af­ter be­ing in­vited by the or­gan­iser of the Beach Day, Tim El­lis.

‘‘I’m go­ing to be do­ing opin­ion polls, it’s a way of in­volv­ing as many dif­fer­ent peo­ple as pos­si­ble,’’ she said.

‘‘There will be a flash mob where ev­ery­one turns up on Carnivale Beach Day at a set time and in a marked area they can put in their poles, so it’ll be a mass plant­ing of art­work, like a pop-up art show.

‘‘Poles can be dec­o­rated with any­thing – they could be carved, mo­saicked, have fab­rics on them and be flag poles – as long as it’s tall and not too wide. It can be your opin­ion, any­thing you want to share, deep and mean­ing­ful or all about colour – we will have poles from artists through to school kids to get a real cross sec­tion of the com­mu­nity.’’

Ev­ery­one is en­cour­aged to get in­volved and for more in­for­ma­tion on the art project email Sam Matthews on sam­gar­denart@big­pond.com or pop in to DAB on Mill St, Moss­man Satur­day af­ter­noons.

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