Linda Garman of Richland took an ordinary, washed-out bird bath from her backyard and turned it into a work of art using mosaic tiles.
Mosaic tiling and stained glass are her stock in trade and talents that she taught herself. She uses that talent to create jewelry, jewel boxes and many other items with sparkle and sass by adding a colorful mosaic design.
"I began as a stained glass enthusiast," Garman said. "I have always loved stained glass but did not get involved directly with it until about five years ago. After a couple years of trial and error, I happened upon a mosaic and stained glass forum on the internet and that is where I got my first interest in mosaic."
Garman also uses her art to help Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian organization that provides medical aid to people in about 60 countries.
She donated two of her mosaic/stained glass creations for an online auction where proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders. The auction goes from April 1-30 at www.biddingforgood.com.
Garman doesn't have any of her art hanging in galleries in the Tri-Cities, but you can see some of her images at www.flickr.com/photos/ladyinglass.
She also plans to have her own online store up and running by the end of March at www.etsy.com.
Garman also plans to take part in a mosaic art event that promotes hope and healing worldwide.
"By contributing one or more 6-by-6-inch mini mosaics to The Family Place project (in Dallas, Texas), artists will have a direct effect on children and their parents suffering from domestic violence," she said. "The mosaic installation is a collage of images containing hearts, flowers and butterflies, happy and welcoming graphics for those entering The Family Place. The lounge is the first place many traumatized children and their mothers see when they arrive at the shelter.
"The room offers comfortable sofas and a family room atmosphere. What's missing is a beautiful work of art for the main wall, and that's where we mosaic artists come in."
Garman said she will join hundreds of other artists in October in assembling all the mini mosaics into a triptych of colorful images to jazz up the shelter's entry.
"We hope our collaborative artwork will be a soothing, creative and colorful welcome to incoming families," she said.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org