Dawn Mendelson, Program Director, has provided leadership in the development of Piece by Piece since 2007. She has over time built an arts curricula for participants that fosters learning in design, drawing, creativity and mosaic technique with progressive benchmarks for developing Artisan-level skill. Dawn steers the vision for workshops held at a variety of locations and meeting learning needs for participants of every skill level. Dawn specializes in pique assiette, a style of mosaic which uses recycled materials. She has been featured on PBS and HGTV, and is well-respected within the professional mosaic-artist network. Her passion is working with people, especially those who are new to art, and enjoying their moments of self-discovery.
Daniel Villa, Operations Manager, is a musician and graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies & Ethnicity, and Social Entrepreneurship. As a student in the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab he searched for a way to merge his passion for the arts, social enterprise, and community. These passions merged when he joined Piece by Piece via the AmeriCorps Public Allies program; committed in finding equitable solution for his community of South Los Angeles. He has continued to increase his leadership capacity in the organization completing the Arts for LA ACTIVATE leadership program. He provides key leadership to the organization, and support to Program Director Dawn Mendelson in developing, conducting outreach, and evaluating activities.
Piece by Piece Artist-Instructors and Support Staff
See lower portion of this page for brief biographies highlighting accomplishments of our amazing staff.
Piece by Piece Artist-Instructor Biographies
Luz Mack-Durini has traveled to study with renowned mosaic masters and won awards for her art. Luz was granted a scholarship to study at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass in New York and selected to receive the Robin Brett Mosaic Scholarship by The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA).
Leigh Adams is a seasoned teacher bringing vaste skill sets to Piece by Piece participants , expressing that she feels at home with the incredible artists that serve the program. While glass is is her primary medium, she loves working with a variety of found objects. Her favorite activity is doing art out-of-doors, in a garden!
Julie Williams enjoys interests in public art, art education and social justice. Julie provides leadership and vision to the Piece by Piece Associate workforce development program and to the ongoing management of materials regularly donated for use as mosaic supplies.
Betty Rosen Ziff is a professional free lance mosaic artist, community builder and educator. Her work can be seen in Eagle Rock Park, the Tacoma Museum of Glass, Angels Gate Cultural Center and in private residences and collections nationwide.
Bea Jones assists workshops and may also be found in the Piece by Piece Studio helping with Large Scale commissioned artwork. Her encouraging assistance and expert knowledge is enormous benefit to both participants and instructors.
Ivan Deavy, Regularly attending our Broadway Workshop, artist Ivan is our "resident drawing instructor" assisting participants with drawing skills.
Jose Morales has exhibited commendable growth over his years of participation in Piece by Piece learning workshops, attaining top-level Artisan skills. We are extremely proud of his accomplishments including his recent advancement to role of Assistant Instructor.
Piece By Piece Visiting Artists
View our Visiting Artist Calendar for 2016!
Click list at left to link to Artist websites and biographies