WESTERLY — Notable mosaic artist Susan Rosano heads to Ocean House this weekend, as the next "Artisan in Residence. Rosano will welcome guests, and lead several workshops during her three-day stay.

Rosano, who lives in Guilford, Vt., is also a mural artist known for creating unique works of art by incorporating a variety of different materials. Using hand-cut stained-glass pieces, ceramic tiles, beads, and found objects, she includes a range of textures and colors throughout her mosaic pieces and creates many of her designs on murals, mirrors, jewelry, flower pots, and other original creations.

Fitting her pieces together like puzzle pieces, Rosano creates intricate, one-of-a-kind, designs usually centered around environmental scenes.

For the past 15 years, Rosano has worked as a master teaching artist for the Vermont Arts Council, Arts for Learning Connecticut, and Life Time Arts in New York City. A graduate of Wesleyan University, she has worked with communities throughout New England, creating murals that can be found in various public spaces such as schools, hospitals, and libraries. In addition to her work as a mosaic and mural artist, Rosano is also a credentialed creative arts therapist, Reiki master, hypnotist, and pastoral counselor.

During her time as the artisan in residence, Rosano will hold workshops and talks that are available to both children and adults. Guests can learn about the creation of mosaic art and will be able to create mosaic mirrors and birdhouses of their own.

Students will be given a 12-inch-by-12-inch wooden base with a 6-inch by 6-inch beveled mirror adhered to the center of the base and enough pre-cut mosaic tile, mirror tile, and jewelry pieces to cover the area outside the mirror. After lunch, students will use grout to finish their piece. Rosano will guide students on how to create good design and color application for a beautiful finished mosaic piece they will treasure. 

— Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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