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New Mosaic Art in Ashland permanently installed at North Mountain Park Nature Center.

Completed and installed Compass Rose Mosaic



Compass Rose Mosaic in progress

A new mosaic installation will be dedicated during the Bear Creek Festival at North Mountain Park Nature Center at 3:45 on October 1, 2011. Created in the Studio of Illahe Gallery, artist Sue Springer designed this colorful compass mosaic to help orient students and park visitors to the cardinal directions and to provide a beautiful, interesting and interactive point of entry to the Demonstration Gardens. The mosaic includes mountains, landmarks and rivers of the surrounding landscape and helps visitors and students alike orient themselves in the natural world.


Mosaic Artist Sue Springer facilitates the creation of the Compass Rose in an August workshop.



Community members assisted in the mosaic’s creation during an August workshop led by artist Sue Springer. Workshop participants created individual tiles with images of plants, animals, fish and birds found in the area. These charming additions were incorporated into the mosaic, adding color and interest. In addition, the workshop participants assisted in the mosaic layout and the permanent installation at the entrance to the Demonstration Garden. The high fired ceramic pieces were handmade in the studio, broken and cut into pieces and permanently set into the sidewalk. The mosaic will be used in a variety of educational programs for students and community members as well as serve as a focal point and public art piece.



Additional photos and information available upon request.

For event information contact Linda Chesney at [email protected] 541 488 6606

For mosaic information contact Sue Springer at [email protected] 541 488 5072


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