My mosaic work joins an international group of mosaic artists whose works will be available for bid in the September ‘Beyond Borders: mosaic auction’ benefit for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières at the online auction website:

6 x 6 inches
Mixed Media layered glass
© Pat Mitchell 2011

Known in the U.S. as Doctors Without Borders (DWB) and worldwide as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), DWB/MSF is an international medical humanitarian organization that provides aid in nearly 70 countries to people whose survival is threatened, providing medical aid to those most in need.
Mosaic is an ancient art form that involves laying out tesserae (individual pieces), such as glass, stone and pebbles, as well as more contemporary materials such as mirror, crockery and fused glass (among many other items) into an image or pattern, ranging from abstract to representational. Used for centuries as floor and wall ornamentation, and for iconic symbols in many religions, mosaic has seen a resurgence beginning in the last century, continuing with architectural uses and gaining acceptance in the world of Fine Art.

Detail of Crystal Blaze
Detail of Crystal Blaze

This auction collection of 133 mosaic artworks from artists representing 14 countries is an example of the diverse creativity in this again-burgeoning art form. Some artists use classic materials that date back to the origins of mosaic, while others take full advantage of the limitless tesserae choices available today.
This is the second all-mosaic auction to be held for DWB/MSF. The first, held in April of 2011, included a collection of 127 artworks that generated more than $20,000 for the benefit. Event Organizer Lin Schorr of Lin Schorr Mixed Media Mosaics ( is again curating the event with assistance from the Northville Art House, a non-profit art gallery in Northville, MI.

The 2012 auction raised over $17,000 and I’m happy to report that Crystal Blaze now resides in Connecticut.

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