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 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.


Piece by Piece Artist-Instructors and Support Staff

Program Director Dawn Mendelson

Program Director
Dawn Mendelson

Operations manager Daniel Villa

Operations manager
Daniel Villa

See lower portion of this page for brief biographies highlighting accomplishments of our amazing staff.


Piece By Piece Visiting Artists
View our Visiting Artist Calendar for 2016!

Mirielle Swinnen
Aida Valencia
Jolino Beserra
Sherri Warner Hunter
Lillian Sizemore
Hanoch Piven
Karen Silton
Matt Doolin
Laurie Mika
Kelley Knickerbocker
Kim Emerson
Carol Shelkin
Janet Nordinger
Deb Aldo
Susan Gamble
Beth Barror


 

Click  list at left to link to Artist websites and biographies


Piece by Piece Artist-Instructor Biographies

 
Luz 

Luz 

Julie 

Julie 

Bea 

Bea 

Jose

Jose

 

 

Leigh  

Leigh  

Betty 

Betty 

Ivan

Ivan

Belinda 

Belinda 

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).  Click Image for Complete Bio
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!  Click Image for Complete Bio
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.
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.
Our fabulous volunteer Belinda, who provides tremendous assistance to Instructors, Artisans, Participants and all things Piece by Piece!Our fabulous volunteer Belinda, who provides tremendous assistance to Instructors, Artisans, Participants and all things Piece by Piece!

Some of our Amazing Volunteers

Chris Metro

Chris Metro

Gale Sorenson

Gale Sorenson

Linda Taylor

Linda Taylor