About old

a poem:

Sometimes I see that life is a mosaic. The steppingstones, the bricks we build with, the objects we surround ourselves with. The leaves of the branch, the trees. The petals of the sunflower, the pattern of seeds. The cellular structures, the molecules, the stars. Our emotions, the thoughts that occupy our minds.

The placement of pieces clarifies my mind. The choices bring me into the flow of the continuum. I find a kind of elation in the spontaneity of creativity. Some paint, some write, some sing, some see into the science of things: of space and matter. I have ideas, cut glass, form clay; am thankful for all those who have prepared the materials I use.

Thankful to the earth that holds me. Thankful for not being separate. Thankful for being in creativity.

My Story

I remember being a child and my father pointing out artwork that was “relief” sculpture. Textured surfaces have inspired me since childhood and I’ve been on the path of choosing to be an artist since I was eight years old. 

During my twenties, I was primarily a printmaker, making “relief” color etching plates, deeply carved with acid. As an art teacher, I encouraged my students to explore and solve problems using many mediums. It was as a teacher that I gained real knowledge about mosaic technique. Since becoming a professional mosaic artist over twenty years ago, I appreciate that the words muse and mosaic come from the same root meaning!

My family and community give meaning to my life. I also love being solitary in my studio. In the quiet, my work helps me to gently connect to being truly present and creative. I enjoy exploring the endless ideas that arise as I play with material possibilities and limits. I am always open to surprises and happy to find the unexpected leading the way. Joy, as well as detailed work is inherent to the mosaic process. 

Whether abstract or fanciful, dreamlike or representational, all of my images are visual metaphors. Many of my commissioned mosaic installations are fanciful natural scenes of landscape and animals. But I am constantly inspired to create non-literal designs as well.

Most of my mosaics are weather proof. I primarily work with glass (cutting, fusing, breaking, casting) and ceramics (slab and sculptural). Currently, I am looking forward to having more time to experiment with glass casting which enables a simplicity to my relief and sculptural forms.

My mosaic work can be seen at the Albuquerque Zoo as well as the Albuquerque Botanic Garden’s Dragonfly Sanctuary. If you travel to Oklahoma, you can view a large wall commissioned by the Norman Oklahoma Arts Council at Lions Park. My work can also be seen locally at four Range Cafes, Rust Medical Center Chapel and other businesses, schools, developments and private homes in New Mexico. I co-directed the local, seventy foot long Placitas Community Mosaic mural, Protect Our Wildlife Corridors and am a founding member of Mosaic New Mexico, a collaborative of mosaic artists. I am a founding member of Wild Hearts Gallery. My mosaic work has been included in publications and articles. 

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Education: 

Laura received a BFA Major in Printmaking from  Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa. and received the 1974 CMU Printmaking Award. In 1976 she received the NM Arts and Crafts Fair Purchase Award for an etching which was displayed in a 2009 retrospective at the Albuquerque Museum. 

Later she received her masters in Education with a  Specialty in Environmental Education from Queens College, N.Y. and graduated with Honors.

A Resident of New Mexico since 1975 (except for when studying for her MA in New York) Laura was a teacher from 1985-2003 and founding art teacher of Bosque School, Albuquerque. Her early mosaic experimentation was with many hundreds of student mosaics. Some of the 2002 Student Display of Mosaic Fish at the Outdoor Courtyard of Albuquerque Aquarium and Botanic Gardens Education Center can still be seen!

In 2004 Laura became a full time mosaic artist. 

 

Permanent Mosaic Installations in Public Locations

2017 Range Cafe, Cottonwood location, Albuquerque, NM

2017 Albuquerque Zoo

2015-2018  Homewise  Tessarae Development, Santa Fe, N.M.   Over 70 Garden flagstones

2016  Norman Oklahoma Arts Council 14’x6’ mosaic with community participation. Lions Park

2015  Range Cafe, Montgomery Blvd. Alb.  North room fireplace.

2012  Sandia Preparatory School, Albuquerque N.M.: Donor Recognition Mural, Student Center.

2011-2013   Rust Medical Center, Rio Rancho, N.M.: Chapel mosaics and Garden Tiles.

2011 Albuquerque Botanic Gardens Dragonfly Sanctuary: Mosaic Panel

2008 -12    Placitas Community Mural, Protect Our Wildlife Corridors. Visionary and co-coordinator of 70 foot long mosaic. Placitas Recycling Center Wall, Placitas, N.M.:

2010 Placitas Community Library: Outdoor Sign

2008   Accion New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.:  Donor Recognition Plaque.

2008   The Range Cafe, Montgomery Blvd., Albuquerque, N.M. : Fireplace.    

2006   Office of Jennifer Ridgeway, D.D.S., Albuquerque, N.M. : Decorative Mural.

2006   Accion New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.: Donor Recognition Plaque.

2006   Amy Biehl High School, Albuquerque, N.M.: Donor Recognition Plaque.

2005   Office of Dr. Jennifer Ridgeway, D.D.S., Albuquerque, N.M. : Decorative Murals.

2005   The Range Cafe., Wyoming Blvd., Albuquerque, N.M. : Decorative Murals.

2004   Sandia Preparatory School, Albuquerque, N.M. : Donor Recognition Mural, Student Center.

2004   The Range Cafe, Menaul Blvd., Albuquerque, N.M. : Interior border design.

2003   The Atomic Grill, Santa Fe, N.M. : Pizza Oven/Fireplace.

2002   The Range Cafe and Lizard Lounge, Bernalillo, N.M.: Fireplace.

2001    Bosque School, Albuquerque, N.M. : Donor Recognition Mural, Peggy Findlay Fine Arts Center.

2001    Bosque School, Albuquerque, N.M.: Donor Recognition Mural, Gerald and Betty Ford Library.

2000    Bosque School, Albuquerque, N.M.: Donor Recognition Mural, 23 Acre Club.

            Administration Building.

PRIVATE HOMES   Over 50 individuals have commissioned mosaics for their homes. Most are viewable upon request. Included in the Glass Collection of Jerry Silverstein and Bob Silverman, Santa Fe, NM. as well as many other private collectors. On-going commissions with Homewise Developments in Santa Fe for mosaic flagstone work.

Awards

2012   Juror Recognition Award  Glass Alliance New Mexico and Mill Fine Art, Santa Fe.

2011   Globalquerque Music Festival Poster Art

2007    Award: Originals 2007 Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM

            New Mexico Women in the Arts/ National Museum of Women in the Arts

2007    Las Placitas Association Hall of Fame in recognition of outstanding service to the Community

2002    Award: Best In Show, New Mexico Potters Association, Harwood Art Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Published

2013     Green Fire Times June Cover. Bosque Panel of Placitas Community Mosaic Mural. 

    (Laura Robbins lead artist-many other artists contributed.)

2012     Mosaic Art Today  Schiffer Publishing Ltd.  (pages 194-199)

2011       The Rio Rancho Observer November 16th

2011     Eclectica  on-line literary magazine. November Issue  

2011     Local IQ, March 24-April 6 Marquee, (Page 5)

2010      Albuquerque Sunday Journal Arts, December 19th. (Page F1)

2010      Sandoval SignPost. September Featured Artist 

2009     Range Cafe Cookbook by Matt DiGreggory and Tom Fenton. (Pages 39, 40.) 

2009      June 14th Sunday Arts Albuquerque Journal. Large photo of mosaic backsplash 

              wrongly attributed to another artist. (Page 1)     

2007      Su Casa Magazine   April 2007  (Pages 74-77)

2004      Cover of Blue Mesa Review, Sixteen, UNM Literary Magazine.

2003      Creative Garden Mosaics by Jill Mackay, Lark Books. Page 49.

Recent Shows

September 2018  Wild Heart Gallery, Placitas NM. Featured Artist

January 2018     Oasis  Group Show Mosaic New Mexico

February 2017   Organizer of Germination,Albuquerque Open Space. Mosaic New Mexico group show

June 2016       Organizer of Water A Mosaic Artist New Mexico group show. New Grounds, Abq.

January 2016     Matrix Fine Art  New Group Show

November 2015     Placitas Artist Series Group Show

March 2015           Museum of Biblical Art   Dallas Texas Group Show

May 2015              Placitas Studio Tour

November 2014    Singapore Affordable Art Fair/ represented by Matrix Fine Art

September 2014  Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, N.M.

July-Sept. 2014 Curator and participant of  Pieces of the Whole

Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center GalleryGroup Show

November 2013 Placitas Artist Series, Placitas, NM 3 person show

August 2013 Public Project  Silver City Clay Festival- Placitas Community Mosaic. 

Laura Robbins and Cirrelda Snider-Bryan lead artists.

July 2013         Alluvial – Albuquerque Open Space Gallery           Group Show

May 2013         Seeds: A Collective Voice Art Exhibit Group Show

November Placitas Artist Series, NM 2 person show

October 2012       Albuquerque Museum Miniatures and More Group Show

September 2012   Taos Art Glass Invitational Group Show

September 2012   Abstract Show at Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque Group Show

August 2012         New Mexico Contemporary Glass Invitational            Mill Fine Art, Santa Fe           Group Show

July 2012              Red Boot Gallery  Bernalillo, NM Group Show

July 2012              Arte de Placitas     Placitas, N.M.                                       Group Show

June 2012             Santa Fe Community Gallery  Elements                            Group Show

April 2012            Albuquerque Museum  Shaken Not Stirred                        Group Show

February 2012      516 Gallery  (Alb., NM) New Mexico Showcase Group Show

February 2012       Matrix Fine Art, Alb. N.M. Group Show

October 2011        Albuquerque Museum Miniatures and More   Group Show

September 2011    Las Cruces Museum of Art  From the Ground Up  Group Show

April 2011         Gallery 105 Albuquerque, N.M. 3 Artist Group Show

May 2010/2011/2013    Placitas Studio Tour   N.M. Open Studio

November 2010    Gallery 105  Albuquerque, N.M.         Group Show

November 2010    Placitas, N.M. Community Library One Person Show

August 2010         Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, N.M.     One Person Show

November 2010 Lessedra Gallery, Bulgaria

December 2009    Red Dot Art Fair  Miami, Fla. Represented by Matrix Fine Art

Education

BFA Major in Printmaking, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Printmaking Award

MS in Education, Specialty in Environmental Education, Queens College, N.Y.

Honors

Additional Information

Resident of New Mexico since 1975 (except for when studying for MA in New York.) Teacher from 1985-2003. Founding art teacher of Bosque School, Albuquerque. Early mosaic experimentation with many hundreds of student mosaics. 2002 Student Display of Mosaic Fish at the Outdoor Courtyard of Albuquerque Aquarium and Botanic Gardens Education Center. Previously an etcher (NM Arts and Crafts Fair Purchase Award 1976 – displayed 2009 in a retrospective at the Albuquerque Museum.) 

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