Mo­saic cre­ated at Cal­la­han’s Laun­dry

Record Observer - - Front Page - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — About a year ago, Mark Cal­la­han, owner of Cal­la­han’s Laun­dry in Centreville, said him and his wife had bid on a piece of art dur­ing a silent auc­tion. Hav­ing read about the artist later and found out she taught art cour­ses and work­shops, Cal­la­han’s wife and daugh­ter at­tended one of her mo­saic classes.

And now, af­ter plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion, Jen Wag­ner, the artist, has brought her tal­ents to Queen Anne’s County and is cre­ated, with the help of vol­un­teers and campers, a mo­saic on the

side of the laun­dro­mat.

For the first week of the project, Wag­ner said campers at­tend­ing the Queen Anne’s County Fam­ily YMCA came and helped out with the project.

Be­gin­ning on June 20, Wag­ner and her crew of works had been out­side work­ing on cov­er­ing the wall with multi-col­ored glass. Un­der a tent, vol­un­teers used tools to break glass and mix the ma­te­ri­als needed to keep the mul­ti­col­ored shards of glass on the wall. Be­side the tent, peo­ple sat on the ground and ap­plied the shat­tered glass to the out­lined wall. Prior to putting the ma­te­ri­als up, Wag­ner drew out with chalk the out­line of what the piece was go­ing to look like.

The project was com­pleted by the end of last week.

Depic­tions in the mo­saic are rep­re­sen­ta­tive of var­i­ous town and county land­marks and gen­eral Eastern Shore ref­er­ences. Mo­saic-made pic­tures in­clude the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Bridge, the Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court­house in Centreville, a blue heron and flow­ers, fields and flags of the coun­try and state.

Wag­ner, from Tal­bot County, has com­pleted 40 to 50 works of art through­out Mary­land, D.C., Penn­syl­va­nia and other east coast lo­ca­tions vary­ing in size from a few feet to up­wards of 30 feet.

To view more mo­saics cre­ated by Wag­ner, visit her web­site: http://jw­mo­saics.blogspot.com.

PHOTOS BY MIKE DAVIS

MacKen­zie Camp­bell, left, places a piece of glass onto the side wall of Cal­la­han’s Laun­dry in Centreville as she worked along­side other vol­un­teers to com­plete the com­mu­nity mo­saic project.

Daniela Vasquez, grey shirt, puts a piece of glass on the wall of Cal­la­han’s Laun­dry in Centreville as she helps fill in the mo­saic on Tues­day, June 28.

PHOTOS BY MIKE DAVIS

Jen Wag­ner, left, Bren­nen Co­hee, mid­dle, Se­lene Wag­ner, mid­dle, and Cameron Keef, right, put pieces of glass on the side of Cal­la­han’s Laun­dry in Centreville as they cre­ate a mo­saic rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the re­gion.

Com­mu­nity vol­un­teers and campers from the Queen Anne’s County Fam­ily YMCA in Centreville helped Jen Wag­ner of Tal­bot County in com­plet­ing a mo­saic rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the re­gion on the side of Cal­la­han’s Laun­dry in Centreville.

Com­mu­nity vol­un­teers and campers from the Queen Anne’s County Fam­ily YMCA in Centreville helped Jen Wag­ner of Tal­bot County in com­plet­ing a mo­saic rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the re­gion on the side of Cal­la­han’s Laun­dry in Centreville.

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