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Colette Crutcher


Colette Crutcher works solo and collaboratively, most often with Irish ceramicist Aileen Barr or her husband Mark Roller, on public art installations including mosaics, murals, and paper mache sculptures for parades, concerts and demonstrations.   Her Bay Area public works include Tonantsin Renace, 16th Ave Tiled Steps, 24th St. Minipark, Ping Yuen Housing Project, Chinatown Rec. Center, Cesar Chavez Park, (Oakland,) and Hidden Garden Steps.  A  mosaic stairway for Hunters Point SF, and a fountain and bench for a playground in Redwood City are underway.

Concrete Couch

Loveland Mural

Our mission is to build community through creative projects. We collaborate with schools, libraries, community centers, municipalities and military facilities. Our projects include infrastructure (bridges, benches, maps, signs, gardens, trails, etc), public art (mosaics, concrete, ceramic murals, stained glass, metal, etc), and all kinds of fun experiences (puppets, parades, festivals, etc). We work with you to find materials, develop community assets, and facilitate quality programs. Concrete Couch has garnered many awards, including “empowering youth through public art”, “project of the year award”, “exceptional creative opportunities”, and numerous design and community building honors.

Donna Billick

Donna Billick

Donna Billick is an artist and community builder. Donna is director of Billick Rock Art, in Davis California, and Todos Artes, located in Baja Mexico. Also co-director of the University of California Davis Art/Science Fusion program along with Diane Ullman. The mediums used to create art and community build large scale public art works are, ceramics, mosaics, terrazzo, cement, stone, bronze, glass and steel.

“I believe that multidisciplinary, cross cultural education programs that fuse the arts and community are necessary for today’s generations of learners who are faced with complex global issues including climate change, cultural extinction and environmental destruction, benefit from the community build approach to projects.”

Global Mosaic Project/True Mosaics

True Mosaic

Laurel True is a public artist and educator specializing in sculptural, architectural and site-specific mosaic projects for almost 25 years.  Laurel teaches and lectures internationally and facilitates community-based projects through her organization, The Global Mosaic Project.

The Global Mosaic Project partners with organizations, schools and businesses to develop unique participatory projects, designed and implemented through social engagement. Projects are focused in urban and developing areas and focus on public art creation, art education, teacher training and professional development.

Laurel True is the co-founder of the Institute of Mosaic Art in California.

Interplay Design

Interplay Design

Tom Arie Donch, president, has orchestrated hundreds of projects in twenty states over thirty years. With a passion for learning and sharing the ingredients of successful community built events he has collaborated with over fifty community built association members and firms. His work has included parks, playgrounds, public sculpture, murals, nature trails, skateboard parks, school enhancements, low income housing projects, environmental projects, gardens and plazas. Currently Tom is lecturing on CBA work, mentoring and making himself available for one large project a year. He gives free consulting to communities to help them connect with CBA professionals and achieve their dreams.

John Pitman Weber

2010 volunteer team

John Pitman Weber is an active public artist with decades of experience in mosaics, cement reliefs, carved brick, painted murals, and useable sculpture for outdoor spaces. He has led large work in Los Angeles, New York City, Spencer IA, Broward County, FL and recently in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. His projects are in schools, on playgrounds and in the street, libraries, churches, colleges and community centers. He leads workshops and lectures on community public art in English, Spanish and French. Based in Chicago, he is an active member of the Chicago Public Art Group.

Lynn Takata

Lynn Takata mosaic

Artist Lynn Takata creates mosaics, sculpture and murals with children, families and neighborhoods to build tangible symbols of community pride. She has created over 300 public artworks with concrete, tile, glass, ceramic and paint involving hundreds of participants.  Participants create their own designs and she choreographs these elements as the design develops. It is a dynamic and exciting improvisational process that creates meaningful public spaces.

Her participatory work is in parks, community centers, zoos and schools. The recent award-winning Salem Peace Mosaic involved over 600 participants in creating a mosaic to promote that the word Salem means Peace.

Niki Glen and Helen Helwig

McClintock High School Bus Shelter

Niki Glen and Helen Helwig direct large-scale public art pieces. Their work has been published in “Public Art: A World’s Eye View”. They have directed over 100 murals and specialize in community participation and involvement. “Public art belongs to everyone.” Their work graces walls of schools, libraries, botanical gardens, hospitals, and office buildings around the United States. Glen Studios creates murals using mixed media mosaics (glass, clay, stone, and found objects). The Helwig Studio focuses on functional art pottery, mixed media mosaics and sculpture, public art, and community and school art projects. Niki Glen also paints site specific exterior and interior murals. Their mosaics and murals transform public spaces into extraordinary places.

Rachel Rodi

Rachel Rodi

Rachel Rodi
Rachel Rodi Mosaics
3001 Chapman Street
Oakland, CA  94601
Ph: 510-301-8663