Get to know Luz Mack-Durini of Piece by Piece

At Piece by Piece, we are incredibly fortunate to have Luz Mack-Durini leading the social enterprise artist team in the fabrication of large-scale murals, small commissions, and one-of-a-kind home goods. Luz’s contributions to Piece by Piece, the individual artists, and the wider mosaic art community are truly inspiring.

Luz with Artists

                              Luz with certified artists John, June and Vicki

Luz has traveled extensively to study with renowned mosaic masters, enhancing her skills and bringing back invaluable knowledge to share with the Piece by Piece participant artists. Her dedication to her craft has earned her several awards, solidifying her reputation as an outstanding artist. Notably, Luz was granted a scholarship to study at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass in New York and was selected to receive the Robin Brett Mosaic Scholarship by The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA). These accolades speak volumes about her talent and commitment to the art of mosaics.

Luz teaching at Piece by Piece

                                               Luz and Jose Teaching

Luz’s impact extends far beyond her personal achievements. She is an inspiring and nurturing mentor to many artists within the Piece by Piece social enterprise. “Luz will pull the art out of you. She'll get you to believe in yourself. She knows how to engage the community and people o to make them feel like they are part of something creative. I wouldn't be the artist I am if it wasn’t for her teachings, love, and support,” shares June C.

Her expertise in designing mosaics, both large and small, allows participant artists to not only use their skills but also continue learning and exploring new techniques. “Luz’s perfectionism is admirable. She’s an amazing and knowledgeable artist who constantly inspires and pushes us all to create,” says Margarita M.

Luz and Victor with heart form

Luz and Victor

Fluent in both English and Spanish, Luz is able to teach and mentor artists in whichever language they are most comfortable. This ability ensures that all artists feel supported and understood, fostering a truly inclusive environment. “I’ve worked with Luz for 15 years. Luz is a very good person. She knows a lot about art, is very helpful when it comes to answering our questions, and gives us great instruction,” adds Hugo N.

Luz’s role at Piece by Piece goes beyond just being an artist; she is a community builder. Her ability to engage and motivate people, making them feel part of something larger, is a testament to her exceptional leadership. “I’ve known Luz for 10 years now. She beautifully has helped guide my experience here at Piece by Piece, especially her teachings with specific and intricate mosaic detail. We’ve completed many projects together which have been foundational to my time here at this organization,” remarks Vicki M.

Luz and Dawn

At Piece by Piece, we are immensely proud of Luz Mack-Durini and grateful for her contributions. She embodies the spirit of our organization, bringing creativity, dedication, and a sense of community to everything she does. “I like working with Luz a lot. Especially large projects, since she is very meticulous in the processes – at the end of the day, the art comes out perfect. I have learned so much from her,” shares Victor M.

Luz’s artistic journey and her impact on the social enterprise team are a testament to the transformative power of art and mentorship. Join us in celebrating Luz and the incredible work she continues to do at Piece by Piece. Her story is a shining example of how passion, talent, and dedication can create sustainable art and build sustainable futures. 

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