JULY 30, 2013SOCIETY FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT, Pittsburgh, PA
The Society for Contemporary Craft will be hosting two of my workshops this fall:
Friday, October 25, 2013 from 5:30PM - 7PM
What Lies Beneath Our Feet: Stories in Stone from A Mosaic Perspective; - THIS LECTURE IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 9AM - 4PM
What Lies Beneath Our Feet: Hunting and Foraging for Mosaic in an Urban Landscape
To Register follow this link. Under the "All Instructors" drop down list select "Sager, Rachel". Both of my fall courses should display.
MAY 22, 2013TOUCHSTONE CENTER FOR CRAFTS, Farmington, PA
I have just returned from an incredible teaching experience at Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington PA. What Lies Beneath Our Feet: Hunting and Gathering for Native Stone was a great success on many levels. My intrepid students pushed their boundaries in sourcing stone, cutting stone, and philosophizing about stone! We laughed; we cried; we built relationships. I send out a big thank you to the inaugural class of May 2013. I will never forget our time walking the line and am heartened by your hammer-wielding confidence. Check out dates for the next workshop in August . There are still a few spots left. Come join me in the beautiful Allegheny Mountains and discover the secrets of Pennsylvania sandstone.
MAY 7, 2013TEDx KENYON COLLEGE, Ohio
View my presentation on YouTube, The Marcellus Conversation: A Mole's Eye View, which was given at the TEDx Conference in Kenyon College on March 23, 2013.
MARCH 8, 2013GEOLOGY IN ART: Blog discussing the relationship between geology and art, based on the belief that the cultural consciousness of Geologic Art can benefit either art or geology enthusiasts, as well as inspire the creativity of artists.
by Andrea "tracemaker" Baucon
JANUARY 19, 2013[WYEP/NPR] THE ALLEGHENY FRONT - Environmental Radio
The Allegheny Front is an NPR affiliated radio program covering environmental issues in Western Pennsylvania.
Making Mosaics from the Marcellus and Other Rocks Under Our Feet
by Lauren Knapp
JANUARY 1, 2013TEDx KENYON COLLEGE, Ohio
The Marcellus Conversation: A Mole’s Eye View [by Rachel Sager]
March 23rd, 2013, 12:30pm – 5:30pm
Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, 101-1/2 College Drive, Gambier, OH
I will be giving a presentation at the TEDx Kenyon College Conference titled "The Marcellus Conversation: A Mole’s Eye View." This event is limited to 100 attendees. Anyone wishing to attend must register before the event. Online Registration will be available in early February.
For Event Schedule or additional information on TEDx, visit the Kenyon College website.
December 15, 2012TOUCHSTONE CENTER FOR CRAFTS, Farmington, PA
Sourcing Local Stone with Rachel Sager
Mosaic Retreat [May & August 2013]
Online Registration Now Available!
MAY 17 – 20, 2013 What Lies Beneath Our Feet: Contemporary Mosaic in a Geologic Medium - Course Description
EVENT REGISTRATION - Register online for the May 17– 20, 2013 Course
AUGUST 19 – 23, 2013 What Lies Beneath Our Feet: Contemporary Mosaic in a Geologic Medium - Course Description
EVENT REGISTRATION - Register online for the August 19 – 23, 2013 Course
November 19, 2012MOSAIC ARTS INTERNATIONAL 2013
Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
January 26 – May 5, 2013
Here Be Dragons, has been selected for inclusion in the Mosaic Arts International 2013 exhibition in Tacoma, WA this spring. It was 1 of 46 pieces the jury selected from over 300 entries from artists in 12 countries.
November 17, 2012TOUCHSTONE CENTER FOR CRAFTS, Farmington, PA
Sourcing Local Stone Retreat - May & August 2013
Pennsylvania, What Lies Beneath Our Feet - A hands-on workshop with Rachel Sager
The Touchstone Center for Crafts in Southwestern, PA will be hosting my series of hands-on, intensive hammer and hardie workshops that will focus on my specific process of hunting and gathering for native stone. These 3-day and 5-day immersion-style experiences will cover building my signature substrates, hammer and hardie techniques, field trips into the Allegheny Mountains for materials, and plenty of mosaic philosophy.
WHEN: May 17 – 20, 2013 [Friday thru Monday]; and,
August 18 – 23, 2013 [Sunday thru Friday]
For more details about the retreat visit the Mosaic Art Retreats site. Online Registration will be available shortly.
August 31, 2012PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES JOURNAL
Marcellus Shale Art: Rachel Sager Lynch’s Mosaics Fuse Nature, Industry
By Anya Litvak
Pickup a copy of today's Pittsburgh Business Times or link to it online (if you have a subscription) here - Marcellus Shale Art: Rachel Sager Lynch’s Mosaics Fuse Nature, Industry to see my front page article on my Marcellus series and it's origins.
SEE ALSO: - Making Art Out Of Shale (slideshow)
August 22, 2012CIEL GALLERY + MOSAIC STUDIO, Charlotte, North Carolina
Best in Show Announced for 'Articulate' Exhibit
Esteemed juror, artist, and teacher, Sonia King, chooses my most recent commission, Ode to a Legacy, as Best in Show for Articulate: The Artist's Voice, an exhibition at Ciel Gallery. I will be traveling to Charlotte, NC for the opening nite festivities on Friday, September 7th and to view the other exciting works in mosaic at Ciel Gallery.
August 2, 2012CIEL GALLERY + MOSAIC STUDIO, Charlotte, North Carolina
Articulate: The Artist's Voice - September 1 to October 27, 2012
Ode to a Legacy, Here Be Dragons, and Light Out for the Territory - have been selected by juror, internationally renowned mosaicist, and teacher Sonia King, for inclusion in the Exhibit of Articulate: The Artist's Voice located at Ciel Gallery. The largest exhibition of 2012 at the Gallery, Articulate is an unthemed showing of personal expression.
My work was among twenty-five pieces selected from seventy-seven entries representing eighteen US states as well as Canada, Iran, Colombia, Mexico, and The Netherlands.
The exhibition will run September 1 - October 27, 2012, with an Opening Reception on Friday, September 7th, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
For more information visit the Ciel Gallery online at www.cielcharlotte.com.
August 1, 2012MOUNTAIN HOME MAGAZINE
Pennsylvania & the New York Finger Lakes|Volume 7 - Issue 8
'Rock of Ages: Penn College Exhibit explores beauty and the Marcellus Shale'
by Michael Capuzzo
In the Shale Country section of the August issue of Mountain Home Magazine, is an article called Rock of Ages: Penn College Exhibit explores beauty and the Marcellus Shale, (p.27 thru 31), written by Michael Capuzzo. Pick up a copy now!
July 31, 2012CENTRAL PENN BUSINESS JOURNAL
'A World Divided'
By Tim Stuhldreher
Check out this article in the Central Penn Business Journal written by Tim Stuhldreher after he happened on my work at the Penn College Terra Incognita Exhibit.
July 25, 2012MOSAIC ART NOW REVIEW
by Nancie Mills Pipgras
Terra Incognita: Dabb, Kettering Dimit, Fisher, Hanansen and Sager Lynch at the Gallery at Penn College
July 13, 2012PENN COLLEGE TODAY
Terra Incognita Exhibit|Photo Gallery, by Cindy D. Meixel
Mosaic Exhibit Fills Gallery With ‘Wow,’ Wonderment
July 2, 2012PENN COLLEGE TODAY
by Cindy D. Meixel
Mosaic Exhibit to Explore ‘Unknown Lands’
March 26, 2012THE GALLERY AT PENN COLLEGE PRESENTS...
Terra Incognita: Mosaic Explorations |July 10 – August 26, 2012
Five artists, five journeys, one medium…
Join me, Jean Ann Dabb, Karen Kettering Dimit, Cynthia Fisher, and Yulia Hanansen in Williamsport, Pennsylvania this summer as we explore the concept of Terra Incognita, “Unknown Land”, through mosaics. Whether in its traditional usage in cartography, or in its wider metaphoric form, as an adventure in exploration of the unknowns in our world and ourselves, five award-winning mosaic artists will each present a body of work that reflects their uncharted explorations of the present using this ancient medium, as well as their uncharted exploration of that ancient medium itself.
January 25,2012SOCIETY OF AMERICAN MOSAIC ARTISTS CONFERENCE (SAMA)
Friday, March 2, 2012 at 10AM in Lexington, KY
”What Lies Beneath Our Feet” Presentation, by Rachel Sager
I will be speaking this spring at the annual Society of American Mosaic Artists Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. The topic is a subject close to my heart; What Lies Beneath Our Feet: Sourcing Your Native Stone and Transforming it into Elegant, Mosaic-worthy Tesserae. Or as I’ve taken to describing it in simpler terms'…makin something outa nothing'. I will be sharing my specific experiences and discoveries of my Southwestern Pennsylvania geology. The presentation will showcase my technique and specific processes and will include a brief stone-cutting demonstration.
Log onto www.americanmosaics.org for specific conference information. It’s a great event, chock-full of learning, networking, and friendship.
November 21, 2011RUSTICATION AS RELIGION
I am very excited to share with you Rustication as Religion, a larger scale mosaic commissioned by the actor and activist, Ashley Judd for her farmhouse in Tennessee. Ashley’s love of nature and her deep faith and spirituality helped me to create what I like to call a mythologized landscape.
September 18, 2011MOSAIC ART NOW BLOG
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW in the world of mosaics.
“What Lies Beneath: The Geology Series” was featured by Nancie Mills Pipgras on the Mosaic Art Now blogspot.
September 11, 2011 – 6 to 10PMPALAZZO 1837 RISTORANTE, Washington, PA
Under-land: The Geology Series
1 Night Only, Solo Exhibition in Contemporary Mosaic Art by Rachel Sager Lynch.
The Geology Series “celebrates the grit, the character, and the beauty that is…southwestern Pennsylvania.”
One of my favorite parts of the creative process has been to create and curate my own exhibitions. For Under-land: The Geology Series, I was privileged to have access to a very special historic landmark in Washington, PA, which is also currently home to the exceptional Palazzo 1837 Ristorante & Tavern. I am speaking of the beautifully restored farmhouse on the Quail Acres Estate. It was an inspiring venue.
The restaurateurs, my brother Matt and his wife Susanne Sager, and I welcomed over 200 guests to the one-night-only exhibit, with a special brand of hospitality. It was easy (and quite enjoyable) to create intimate, comfortable spaces for art lovers in this rustic, old world house built in 1837. This non-traditional viewing experience at 1837 proved to be my most successful exhibition to date. Sales were high, so high in fact, that The Geology Collection pieces now all reside in permanent homes throughout the country. A big thank you to all who attended and were a part of its success.
For directions to PALAZZO 1837 RISTORANTE, please visit their website at www.palazzo1837.com. Call 724-223-1837 to make a reservation.
September 1, 2011PETER'S PATCH Article
Artist Honors America with Betsy Ross Flag, by Andrea Bosco
Rachel Sager Lynch has been working with natural stone and a mosaic medium for more than 15 years, and chose to remember Sept. 11 through her talent. “My art directly reflects my history,” said Lynch, a native of western Pennsylvania who’s been influenced largely by images of river barges, smokestacks, coal mines and heavy machinery.
In honor of Sept. 11, Lynch has created a 13-by-20 inch Betsy Ross flag mosaic, made of Smalti, vintage Italian ceramic from Venice. Read more…
August 30, 2011MOSAIC FINE ART BOOKS
Mosaic Fine Art Books presents ‘Abstracts’, by Pam Givens and Irit Levy
Rachel is a featured Gallery Artist in the new Mosaic Fine Art book, Abstracts, the second work in the series, now available for purchase.
April 28, 2011INSIDE MOSAIC ART NOW - 2011
Dual Critiques by Steve Aimone
The sought-after art coach and author of Design!: A Lively Guide to Design Basics for Artists and Craftspeople takes a close look at works by two American artists: ‘Nightlife’ by Jacqueline Iskander, and Lithosphere #2 by Rachel Sager. The resulting critiques show us how and why these two pieces succeed as works of art.
To purchase the 2011 Edition of Mosaic Art NOW, now in its fourth printing, visit
Winter 2011 IssueGROUTLINE MAGAZINE | Volume 12, Number 1
Rachel Sager Lynch, Respecting Nature, by Ilona Fried
This past December, Rachel was pleased to be interviewed by Ilona Fried for the Artist Profile Section of Groutline Magazine's Winter Issue. Groutline is the Quarterly Newsletter for the Society of American Mosaic Artists, (SAMA). SAMA members can login to the website at www.americanmosaics.org to order the magazine.
January 30, 2011SEATTLE, WASHINGTON & PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA
Collaboration with Seattle Artist, Jo Braun
Jo Braun loves a good challenge, (and so do I.) In the process of becoming friends and discovering our many layers of artistic connections, Jo suggested a collaboration. It was an exercise in giving up control and it ended with two very distinctively different pieces of art which can be viewed in the Explorations Gallery.
I started the piece ‘Cosmosis’ in my Pittsburgh studio, stopped halfway through and mailed it to Jo, sight unseen, for her to finish. At the same time in her studio in Seattle, Jo was working on ‘Utility Pole’ which she stopped when she hit the halfway mark, and mailed it to me, sight unseen, for me to finish.
The two pieces stand alone. But for me their real beauty lies in that they blur the lines of artistic personality.
See more of Jo Braun’s work at: www.jo-braun.com
January 8, 2011GATEWAY REGIONAL ARTS CENTER - Mt. Sterling, KY
“Bits and Pieces”, Annual Contemporary Mosaic Exhibition
Factory Tree was awarded Best in Show for the annual “Bits and Pieces” Contemporary Mosaic Exhibition at the Gateway Regional Arts Center. The exhibition was juried by esteemed artist and teacher, Sherri Warner Hunter.
Mosaic Art NOW blog, Sager Takes Best of Show in “Bits and Pieces” by Nancie Mills.
November 28, 2010TRIBUNE REVIEW – Pittsburgh, PA
The Feel of Art, by Kurt Shaw
Enjoy the following article, “Rachel Sager uses mosaics to express herself,” by Kurt Shaw on the front page of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review's Living Section this Sunday, November 28th.
Or pick up a Trib today! There is a beautiful photo layout in the paper that cannot be seen online.
Direct link: www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/ae/museums/s_711263. html
November 20-21, 2010JOHN HEINZ HISTORY CENTER, Pittsburgh, PA
Glass and Stone Cutting Demo
Saturday (10-4) and Sunday (10-3) Rachel will host a glass and stone cutting demonstration for Heritage Holidays at the Heinz History Center.
Vatican Splendors, A Journey Through Faith and Art, on display at the History Center now through January 9, 2011, 9AM to 5PM daily.
November 12-19, 2010SMALTI HEAVEN - Cape Cod, MA
There is a Heaven and it is called “Smalti”...
My friend Lynn Moor from Cape Cod is the American distributor for Orsoni Smalti from Venice, Italy. In addition to the regular palate of colors that she makes available to us, she purchased, in bulk, the entire contents of the St. Louis Basilica's basement of antique Smalti. 40,000 lbs of hard to find - and in many cases impossible - gorgeous colors that any mosaicist would be lucky to experience.
I recently spent one glorious week in the storage units helping to organize hundreds of bags of color. Not just red, but brick, pumpkin, cherry, blaze orange, salmon. Not just green, but chartreuse, camouflage, verdigris, grass, moss. Every time I thought I had a color categorized, I would find 3 more shades that fit in between it. This was color education at an intense level.
For any artist working in the medium, I encourage you to visit Smalti Heaven in Cape Cod or buy online at www.Mosaic Smalti.com and stock your studio with a bit of Italian- American history. It won't last forever!
October 22, 2010CHAPELLE DU LYCEE FULBERT – Chartres, France
Prix Picassiette 2010
‘Lithosphere Series No. 3’ was chosen from over 300 entries and 8 different countries to be in the 3R Association’s prestigious Prix Picassiette 2010, an international juried exhibit located in Chartres, France.
The 3R Association, [Renovate, Restore, Rehabilitate], a French organization devoted to promoting mosaic art, was inspired by the famed work of Chartres resident Raymond Isidore who covered his house with mosaics. The " Maison Picassiette," as it is known locally, is located in the Picassiette District of Chartres, France and is an inspiration to local and international mosaicists alike.
October 11, 2010MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER – Austin, TX
Mosaic Arts International 2011
‘Eclypsis’ has been accepted to the Mosaic Arts International 2011 exhibition being held this spring, (February 18 to March 30, 2011), at the Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin. This annual juried exhibit will display works of the finest contemporary mosaic artists from around the world. Eclypsis was 1 of 42 pieces selected out of over 300 entries from artists in 10 countries.
October 5, 2010MYSTIC ARTS CENTER – Mystic, CT
Art in Pieces Exhibit
‘Eclypsis’ wins Best in Show at “Art In Pieces”, an international juried exhibit held at the Mystic Arts Center.
Mystic, CT . . . “Art in Pieces”, which ran from October 1 to November 13, 2010, displayed 50 pieces by 40 artists from across the US, as well as Serbia, Australia, Morocco and Canada for this first of its kind exhibit for Southeastern Connecticut.
Read the Mosaic Art NOW blog on the event, “Art in Pieces: A Juried Exhibit in CT”.
Purchase the book, “Art In Pieces” by Shawn Newton, detailing each piece in the exhibit and highlighting Rachel’s Best in Show.