Silicon Valley Open Studios

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Artist: April Maiten

Studio: April Arts

Busy Garden
Title: Busy Garden
Description: Fused Glass
Media: Glass/Mosaics
Size: 16 x 12
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Contact April Maiten

Website: www.aprilarts.com

Email: april@aprilarts.com

Phone:(408) 356-3111


2017  Showings


wheelchair accessible

May 20 - 21 , Site: 332
136 Belvue Drive
Los Gatos, CA 95032-5115


 

About April Maiten

I love glass. I the love the play of light as it passes through and reflects off of glass. This love has
led me to the art of mosaics. The possibilities for mosaic art are limitless. I create indoor and outdoor, functional and nonfunctional, works of art. My artwork is constantly evolving. When I started creating mosaics, they were predominately two dimensional and now my mosaics are known for their three dimensional qualities.

Creating a mosaic can be a long process. I start with a vague idea and then plan for the engineering
that might be necessary. Then I start assembling everything I could want to put into the artwork. I
have to find just the right pieces to make it all come together the way I envision it, so this can be a long process. I enjoy combining glass and beads because they enhance the texture and rich colors that I love so much. I am open to using a great variety of found objects, including computer parts, in my artwork. I like to repurpose items, so thrift stores are some of my favorite places to go. Occasionally, if I can´t find what I want, I make it.

I am inspired by what I see around me, especilly birds, flowers, and bright colors. I am especially
inspired by trips to Barcelona. Sometimes, I find an object, a piece of glass, or a certain shape and
that will inspire me and lead me down a totally unexpected path. Then piece by piece, I put it all
together until the artwork is just right. I relax and enjoy, letting my creativity spontaneously fill in
the details. My art is just as much about the process as the product.

A few years ago, I started to create fused glass pieces. I can never have enough interesting jewelry,
so jewelry is of my favorite things to fuse, especially pendants and earrings with dichroic glass. The
shimmer, shine, and reflectivity of dichro is wonderful! I also enjoy making fused glass elements
that I include in my mosaics. Additionally, I create unique fused glass plates and garden art. I am
so fascinated with everything that can be created with glass.

I hope that the passion and happiness I put into my mosaics can be felt by those that view my work.
My inner soul smiles as I work and lose myself in my creations. I would like to bring that same
smile to others.

I am a high school Spanish teacher and split my time between my passions: teaching and creating
mosaic art.

I belong to the Society of American Mosaic Artists, Contemporary Mosaic Artists, Los Altos Art
Club, and am the founding member of Full Spectrum Mosaic Artists of Silicon Valley. I have been
featured on the television program, "Talk Art", and in the San Jose Mercury News.
Please visit my website at www.aprilarts.com to see examples of my work. You can contact me via
email at april@aprilarts.com.

Recent Exhibits

• Contemporary Mosaic Artists: 2015 Winner of 3-Dimensional Multi-Media Contest
• Brian's Restaurant, Los Altos: 2011-2017
• Silicon Valley Open Studios, 2010 - 2017
• Palo Alto JCC, juried show “Metaphors in Color and Form”, Oct. – Dec. 2013
• Filoli - juried show; “Handcrafted and Through the Lens: Nature Interpreted.” (Filoli is a
historic country house) Redwood City, CA July - October 2012.
• Institute of Mosaic Art, Oakland CA - juried; “All White Show”; Nov. 2011 - Feb. 2012
• Second City International Mosaic Exhibition, Long Beach CA, 2011 (juried)
• Los Altos Town Hall - juried show, "Conservation", 2011
• Los Gatos Museum of Art, 2008, 2009 (juried shows)