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Amanda Edwards, About/Biography

Amanda Edwards

Simply put, I love creating art, whether it's painting, mosaic art, fiber arts, or sketching. Glass is a medium that I am particularly drawn to. I love the textures, variety of colors, shapes, sizes, reflections, even the sound it makes when I’m scoring and cutting it. Glass allows me to take a thousand little pieces of color and turn them into a flowing representation of my very active imagination.

While I am meticulous in my mosaic technique, I try very hard to keep my work spontaneous. I may do a rough sketch of the main subject, but I rarely plan the placement of glass ahead of time. Throughout the creation process, I try to keep myself submerged in the moment of my initial inspiration, whether it be through sounds, smells, images, or returning to a specific location over and over again. My goal in working this way is to keep each mosaic alive & natural. Every piece of glass is put into place with purpose, intent, joy, love, and inspiration behind it. Like a photograph, a mosaic is my way of trying to capture a moment -- with a helping of playfulness and a decent dollop of whimsy.


I always welcome inquiries regarding artwork commission, and both public or private mosaic installation work. Contact me with any questions you might have!

 Biography

· August 2022, leading a week-long art retreat on Prince Edward Island. 
· March 2022, leading a week-long art retreat in Scotland. 
· October 2021, Creation of 5'x 5' mosaic mural for Mercy Hospital, Portland Maine. 
· June 2021, Monmouth School Mural design, creation, and installation. 
· January 2021, Boston Children's Hospital. Design and Creation of ABC Seek-and-Find Mural. 
· Winter 2020, Opening of Porters Landing Guesthouse, Art Studio, and Gallery.
· March 2020, leading a week-long art retreat in Scotland. 
· October 2019, creation of a mosaic award for Barbara Bush Children's Hospital
· September 2019, two public mosaic installations at Pond Cove Playground, Cape Elizabeth Maine
· December 2018 Mural Installation at Sanford High School, Sanford Maine
· June 2018 Awarded Maine Percent for Art mural project for Sanford High School, Sanford Maine
· May 2018 Art Residency, Shankill Castle, Paulstown, Kilkenny Ireland
· March 2018 People's Choice Award, for Portland Headlight Sunrise Mosaic, Somerville Museum, Somerville MA
· March 2018 Group show, L'Attitude Art Gallery, Boston MA
· April-March 2018 Somerville Museum Glass Exhibit, Somerville MA
· June 2017 Creation Mural Mosaic for West Bath Elementary School, West Bath Maine
· June 2017 Guest Speaker for the New England Mosaic Society's summer gathering at Camp Bella Soul, Maine
· May 2017 Created an Entryway Mosaic with the woman of Florence House, a home for homeless women in Portland Maine
· October 2016 Solo Month-long exhibit at Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery, Portland Maine
· February 2016  Design and creation of 41 mosaics for installation at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital
· October 2015 Commission for Allagash Brewing, Portland Maine. 92 foot long mosaic floor installation 
· May 2015 Creation & installation of a Collaborative ABC mosaic Mural for Ronald McDonald House, Portland Maine
· August 2014- 7' x 5'  Mural for Ronald McDonald House, Columbus Ohio
· January 2014- Collaboration Public Art Piece "Unfurled", installed at Ceil Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
· Jan 2012-October 2013 - Creation and Installation of a 25 foot (5-story) mosaic mural at Boston Children's Hospital
· October 2013- Mosaic Surfboard Commission, Boston Children's Hospital
· July 2013- Two month show at The Chocolate Church Art's Center, in Bath Maine
· November 2012- Awarded a contract with Boston Children's Hospital for the creation of a 5 story mural
· October 2012- Mosaic Collaboration Mural Installation at Florence House, Portland ME
· August 2012- Month-long show of my work, Cape Elizabeth Arts Commission Gallery, Cape Elizabeth ME
· June 22-July 21, 2012- I was juried into "Art is Community III", a regional juried Fine Art show, Buxton ME
· June 2012- Won First Place in the Mixed Media & Sculpture Category, Juried Art is Community III Show, Buxton ME
· June 2012- Won Second Place- People's Choice Vote, in the Juried Art is Community III Show, Buxton ME
· November 2011 Large mosaic installation at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, Portland Maine
· November 2011 Mosaic surfboard bench, public installation, Surfscapes, Portsmouth NH
· September 2011 Boston Children's Hospital Mosaic Installation, through Latitude Gallery, Boston
· 2011 London Hospital Trust Collection through the London Mosaic Project 
· December 2010 NASA art contest finalist 
· June 2010-current, selling at Trinket and Fern Gallery, Portland Maine 
· June 2010 Philadelphia Magic Gardens Art Show 
· May 2010 Solo month-long show at 645 Congress Street, Portland Maine 
· May 2010 First Friday Artwalk Featured Artist, Portland Maine 
· March 2010, Awarded First Place, over all favorite piece in Etsy Piece Maker Mosaic Contest "Dream a little Dream"·
· November 2009- April 2010 Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge MA, exhibit of select works ·
· Sept & October 2009 Somerville Museum exhibit "The Art of Mosaic" 
· July & August 2009 Rise Gallery Exhibit 
· July 2009 Solo month-long exhibit at Maples Organics, Portland Maine 
· July 2009 First Friday Art Walk Featured Artist, Portland Maine 
· December 2009 Freeport Square Gallery Featured Artist 
· March 2009, Awarded First Place, over all favorite piece in an Etsy Piece Maker Mosaic Contest
· 2008- full focus on commissioned private installation work
· 2007- Current, President of the Piece Maker Mosaic Group, and international group of Mosaic artists