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Gulf Coast artist Clair Etzold leads a four session class on creating mosaic art from household findings at Biloxi’s Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art beginning April 10. “Trash to Treasures Mosaics” meets from 6-8 p.m. on April 10, 17 and 21 and concludes on May 1. Sessions meet in the Creel House Art Studio on the OOMA campus.

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Mosaics take many small pieces and combine them into a larger decorative image. Artists combine bits of colored or textured substance, such as glass, mirror, beads or broken dishes into a finished piece of art. Other items, such as pieces of eggshell or paper can form the pattern as well.

Etzold specializes in glass art, both fused glass and mosaic. Her works hang on walls and sit on tables around the world. Her extensive experience with mosaic work gives her a vast body of knowledge to share with participants. She will teach students how to convert a simple plain object into a work of mosaic art using common and found items to embellish the object.

Her lessons will include surface preparation work, materials, appropriate tools, mosaic techniques and artistic composition of the finished piece. Students can bring a base piece to the initial class or can purchase an inexpensive item from Etzold at the first session.

Limited to ten students, the class is suitable for those 15-years-old and up. OOMA members can register for the course for a $121.50 cost; non-members can register for $135. Each attendee is required to bring safety glasses for the course sessions.

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art showcases the work of the late eccentric potter George Ohr, the Mad Potter of Biloxi, as well as the works of other Gulf Coast artists in many mediums. The campus overlooks the Mississippi Sound. Individual memberships begin as low as $35 per year and provide unlimited access to the museum’s permanent and rotating exhibits and discounts on many of the classes offered there.

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art

386 Beach Boulevard

Biloxi, MS 39530

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