Mosaic Madness Classes
Building Her Own Mosaic One Tile at a Time
When visitors step inside the renovated two-story Key West bungalow known as Tupelo on 4th in charming downtown Safety Harbor, they may be surprised at all they will find. The part-gallery, part-studio, part-boutique is the brainchild and labor of love of founder and artist Melissa Haist.
Haist was drawn to mosaic art during her junior year spent studying in Seville, Spain. She says she was forever changed by the people she met during that study and the landscape of color that mosaic art could deliver to whatever surface it touched – from furniture to floors, from buildings to parks. She appreciated the means of storytelling the art technique afforded artists.
When Haist decided to create her own studio in Safety Harbor, she wanted to use that creative space to offer others a chance to experience that, too. “The beautiful tile seemed to move and tell stories of the town just by the way they were laid in place, mixed, matched and used all together,” she describes. “The artistry captured under one roof at Tupelo on 4th is a mosaic, a microcosm of diversity coming together to create one exceptional work.” Visitors who stop by Tupelo on 4th, located at 135 4th Avenue N. in Safety Harbor, are first greeted by a gazebo and inviting front porch that ushers them inside to browse original art, unique gift items and a wide range of clothing boutique lines.
Since the studio’s opening, Haist has been looking forward to offering art classes to the community and recently announced the kickoff of Mosaic Madness, a new series of beginner and advanced classes set to start Saturday, June 9 and run through Sunday, June 17. Students will be able to sign up for one class or dive deeper into the craft and take several, using everything from glass and ceramic tiles and mosaic smalti to mirrors, glass gems and vitreous glass to be supplied by the studio. The workshop will be facilitated by Rochelle Rose-Schueler of Wild Rose Arworks.
Haist, a former winner of the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for Beautifying Safety Harbor, is committed to bringing shared art experiences to the community. Another demonstration of that commitment lies just behind Tupelo on 4th’s mosaic art studio: a newly constructed 20’ cement bench that runs alongside the bungalow. Antoni Gaudi’s Parque Guell inspired the piece for which she foresees future opportunities to create using mosaic art techniques. Click here to see the bench being built in a video Haist has uploaded to the studio’s Facebook page.
For more information about Mosaic Madness classes or to sign up, call the studio directly at 727-726-4488 and follow them online at Facebook here.