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MOSAIC OF ART - Episode 32; Jan. 23, 2011

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JOANN LOCKTOV is known to her friends as an avid but gentle exponent of beautiful mosaic and tile surfaces, and maybe even better known as passionate about things Italian - especially Venetian.  (her twitter profile says, Venetophile!) She runs a boutique PR firm in Mill Valley, CA - Bellafigura Communications. She gives promotional guidance - especially for designers and artists - in the course of our conversation.  A "teaser" is available in the form of a 5-minute takeout section of www.MosaicOfArt.com  JoAnn is a maestra of synergy among activities, interactions, products and attitudes. JoAnn has immersed herself in social media and offers lots of do's and don't's - recognizing that everyone needs to find their own style.  Also on the show: While managing international exhibitions for the Dale Chihuly Studio, independent curator JENNIFER LEWIS has witnessed the medium of hot glass undergo major transformations of character and gain a critical measure of visibility - if not total acceptance - in the fine arts establishment.  Here are a few quotations from our conversation: Chihuly was an early student of Harvey Littleton, and his thought process was informed by the early studio glass movement - heroic in intention but not very interesting to look at. ... it was not until 80s when Chihuly brought Italian maestros from Venice to show secrets of technique that the Americans were able to incorporate technique into all that expression and risk-taking. It was the meeting of Italian bravura technique and American bravado. You have to have a Peter Voulkos and a Dale Chihuly to move a mundane material into the transformative. BTW, one of JoAnn's clients, the architect, Alberto Alfonso, designed the The Chihuly Collection in Saint Petersburg, Florida -  the only building designed specifically for Chihuly’s art. Bit of synergy there!