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Vision 2030 continues to expand

By Pamela A. Keene
 
Gainesville artist Mary Frances Hull has a heart of gold – and china and glass and tile. Her latest work, a large-scale mosaic entitled “Heart and Soul” now graces a wall on the lower level of the parking deck in Gainesville’s Downtown Square Commercial District as part of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s Vision 2030. It was installed in April.
 
Made from bits of recycled fine china, glass and other recycled items, “Heart and Soul” is 8 feet high and 8 feet long. Paisley-shaped pieces featuring owls, chickens, fish and other subjects capture glittering images that combined make a heart-shaped piece of public art. The project was funded through a gift by Allen and Meg Nivens to the Public Art Fund of the North Georgia Community Foundation. 
 
“This project was years in the making, with intricate designs on each of the pieces,” said the artist-in-residence at the Quinlan Visual Art Center in Gainesville. “It’s created by a special mosaic technique called pique assiette, which originated in France. Using broken ceramics, including cups, plates, tiles and found objects, the term pique translates to ‘to snag,’ ‘to filch,’ or ‘to snatch away.’ The pieces are used to create a picture.”
 
Hull is known around the country for her mosaics, sculptures and paintings. She has worked in  the Appalachian Mountains to the deserts of New Mexico and the beaches of Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. She has won numerous awards for her work.
 
Several years ago, she created a tile mosaic wall in bas-relief from glazed stoneware clay for the Elachee Nature Center’s permanent collection. Measuring 8 feet by 6 feet, it features flowers and wildlife commonly found in North Georgia.
 
Hull teaches mosaics and pottery art classes at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center and works with both children and adults. She is a founding member and coordinator of the ReHatched Art Market at the Spring Chicken Festival. She has created programs specifically for at-risk children and teens through her work with Avita Community Partners, the Gainesville Housing Authority Innovation Station, the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA. Mary is also a “Healing through the Arts” Instructor helping patients with Alzheimer’s disease at the Guest House in Gainesville.
 
Vision 2030’s public art project has catalogued and/or installed more than 250 works. A program of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, the project works through a public art committee to create opportunities for area artists to display their work. 
 
For more information about Vision 2030, visit www.2030art.com. For more information about Mary Frances Hull, visit www.musesroost.com.

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