Mo­saic cre­ated by artist, campers at Record Ob­server

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

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Be­tween the Record Ob­server of­fice and District Court in Cen­tre­ville the past week, kids par­tic­i­pat­ing in a Queen Anne’s County Fam­ily YMCA sum­mer camp have been help­ing artist Jen

Wagner turn a white brick wall into a col­or­ful, thought­ful and last­ing mo­saic.

From Mon­day, June 26, through Fri­day, June 30, about 15 kids have gath­ered un­der a tent near the wall at 9 a.m. ev­ery day to be­gin their ac­tiv­ity: take bro­ken pieces of col­ored glass and get them to stick in a care­fully crafted de­sign. Piece by piece, the campers, who are aided by teens help­ing Wagner run the project, fill out the six foot by 11 foot can­vas bolted to the side of the build­ing.

The fol­low­ing week an­other group of campers will con­tinue the project and even­tu­ally com­plete the mo­saic.

Wagner, a Tal­bot County res­i­dent, has com­pleted large-scale mo­saic pieces through­out Mary­land, as well as other states along the East Coast. Wagner has com­pleted more than 40 works of art sim­i­lar in style.

Last year a sim­i­lar project with campers was com­pleted at Cal­la­han’s Laundry, 117 E. Water Street, in town where the par­tic­i­pants cre­ated im­ages iconic to Queen Anne’s County, such as the Cir­cuit Court­house, the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Bridge and im­ages of agri­cul­ture life.

Campers learned dur­ing the week dif­fer­ent tech­niques on how to break the multi-col­ored glass and how to mix ma­te­ri­als to keep the shards at­tached to the plas­ter. Prior to putting the ma­te­ri­als on the wall, Wagner loosely sketched out with chalk an out­line for campers to fol­low.

The new mo­saic project is in the frame­work of the Amer­i­can Flag with var­i­ous words from the Con­sti­tu­tion high­lighted, head­lines from ma­jor events over the years in Cen­tre­ville, and the stars and stripes of the flag. Some of the head­lines re­fer to when Princess Anne came over for the un­veil­ing of the Queen Anne statue out­side of the Cir­cuit Court­house, the 75th an­nual county fair and the cre­ation of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Bridge.

To view more of Wagner’s work, visit her web­site at www.jen­wag­n­er­mo­saics. com.

Fol­low Mike Davis on Twit­ter: @mike_k­ibay­times.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Queen Anne’s County Fam­ily YMCA campers at­tach multi-col­ored glass shards on a Cen­tre­ville wall, cre­at­ing a mo­saic with artist Jen Wagner on Wed­nes­day, June 28.

PHO­TOS BY MIKE DAVIS

Queen Anne’s County Fam­ily YMCA campers work with artist Jen Wagner on cre­at­ing a mo­saic in Cen­tre­ville be­tween the Record Ob­server of­fice and the District Court­house build­ing on Mon­day, June 16.

Queen Anne’s County Fam­ily YMCA campers work with artist Jen Wagner on cre­at­ing a mo­saic in Cen­tre­ville be­tween the Record Ob­server of­fice and the District Court­house build­ing on Mon­day, June 16.

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