The mosaic mural, “Reflections in Mosaic,” designed by Brookfield artists Joanne and Bruce Hunter of The Art Spot, will be assembled at the Brookfield Craft Center over the course of a week in September.
The mosaic mural of chipped porcelain tiles will be made up of 10 panels, each measuring 3 feet by 5 feet.
The Arts Commission is looking for a small army of local volunteers to help piece the mural together before its official unveiling on Sunday, Oct. 6 as part of Brookfield’s 225th Anniversary celebration.
"It's contagious, very engaging," Daniel said, adding that interested people should sign up quickly, as she expects to be turning people away once work begins. A few shifts have already filled up and four or five others are half full.
Daniel said approximately 75 people have already signed up but the project has room for about 250 volunteers over the course of the week.
No experience is necessary, however this activity is not suitable for children under the age of 8 and those younger than 18 years must be with a supervising adult. This is an easy activity but does require one to be on their feet for the tiling work.
The fabrication shifts lead by the artists, are scheduled as follows (15-20 volunteers are needed for each shift):
- Wednesday, Sept. 18: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
- Thursday, Sept. 19: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Saturday, Sept. 21: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 12 p.m.-2 p.m. and 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
- Sunday, Sept. 22: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
- Monday, Sept. 23: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
- Tuesday, Sept. 24: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, Sept. 25: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
- Thursday, Sept. 26: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
The placement of tiles should wrap up by Sept. 26, at which point grouting and polishing will begin. Organizers will be encouraging repeat volunteers to help with that work.
To join in on the project, contact Mary Daniel at email@example.com or Katherine Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mural project is sponsored by the Brookfield Arts Commission and funded by private donations and with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a federal agency.