We were honored to be covered in the local newspaper.
The Girl Scouts first mosaic class was to create their personal mosaic. All of these girls are creative leaders who designed amazing mini mosaics. This long term project was the culmination of their Silver Award. They committed their time, energy, creativity and finances to the YWCA Family Village Issaquah in donating the mosaic 4 Seasons Tree of Life.
The unveiling! The Girl Scouts were so excited to reveal their masterpiece for the YWCA family Village Issaquah residents.
The 4 Seasons Tree of Life Mosaic is installed and ready for viewing by all in the community. It is a 4′ x 10′ wood framed recycled glass mosaic. The tree of life is symbolic of growth & hope-2 values that the YWCA demonstrates in their Family Village. The tree is a symbol everyone can relate to. It transcends all socio economic backgrounds, races and abilities. It is meant to be a bright spot in everyone’s day.
Grouting Day! All of the Girls Scouts got down and dirty spreading grout over the entire mosaic. There were oohs and ahhs as the final images appeared.
Laying the last piece of glass! yahoo!
Mosaic day at The YWCA Family Village Issaquah. The Girl Scouts bonded with many of the residents as they taught them how to glue the glass onto the design. Here they take pride in panel 1 being completed.
The personal connections the Girl Scouts made with the residents young and old was incredible. All of the kids and adults who participated can walk by the mosaic and say, “I helped make that! “
The Girl Scouts make great mentors.
A resident and the Girl Scouts creating art and friendships.
Proud smiles from a few Girl Scouts and volunteer.
Diversity within art brings us all together! Age, color & abilities disappear when we create together
Weekly the Girl Scouts met at my home studio to laying out glass for the design. They spent 4 weeks learning the art of mosaics-design, safe glass cutting skills, grinding glass and use of adhesives.
The 4 seasons Tree of Life comes to a reality! Cheryl’s sketch is coming to life with glass textures colors being chosen.
Cutting leaves for the 4 seasons Tree of Life
The Girl Scouts loved the grinding machines. They spent tireless hours grinding 100 leaves for the 4 Seasons Tree of Life Mosaic.
We love to cut glass!
Good Samaritan Episcopal Church 200 sq ft mosaic reredos wall. Reredos means “behind the alter.” Designed by Cheryl Smith. Created by Cheryl Smith and 30 volunteer members of the Good Samaritan Liturgical Arts Ministry. It took 18 months and over 50,000 pieces of stained glass to construct this masterpiece.
Bountiful Abundance Tree of Life Designed by Cheryl Smith. Created by the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Congregation & Cheryl-Seattle. 10″ x 6″
The Boys & Girls Club Sammamish EX3 Teen Center Mosaic designed by Cheryl Smith. Created at the Teen Center grand opening by 400 members of the Sammamish community. 4’x4′
The Boys & Girls Club Sammamish EX3 Teen Center Giving Tree Donor Wall. Created by Cheryl Smith & Leslie Jeide.