Kick off Pride month at The Sammamish Farmers Market on Wednesday, June 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Join Cheryl Smith Mosaics in creating the Sammamish Community Progress Flag. Stop by the mosaic tent to lay colored pieces of recycled glass and tile in this fantastic design. People of all ages are encouraged to participate; no experience is necessary. This is a great opportunity to show your pride and respect for all. Educational resources will be available.
Name of ProjectProgress Flag Mosaic
DescriptionEngage the public in a recycled glass mosaic project to increase respect and awareness of LGBTQ, BIPOC, and people of all races and genders. The Progress Flag mosaic project will give the Sammamish community a space and opportunity to create a piece of recycled glass mosaic art that will express who they are - a beautifully diverse and inclusive community of people.
The Mosaic Progress Flag is a Symbol of Inclusivity and ProgressionDesigned in 2018 by Graphic designer Daniel Quasar, Quasar added a five-colored chevron to the classic Rainbow Flag to place a greater emphasis on “inclusion and progression.” Quasar’s Progress Pride Flag added five arrow-shaped lines to the six-colored Rainbow Flag, which is widely recognized as the symbol of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) community. The chevron represents forward progression.
The flag includes black and brown stripes to represent marginalized LGBTQ+ communities of color, along with the colors pink, light blue, and white, which are used on the Transgender Pride Flag.”
Artist or Organization Name and Mission StatementI believe that mosaics are a metaphor for taking broken pieces and bringing them together in harmony. The art of mosaics cuts across cultures, genders, generations, socio-economic differences, languages, and abilities. Cheryl Smith Mosaics brings people of all ages and abilities together to experience the pride and fellowship that comes with being a part of a large-scale recycled glass mosaic.
Cheryl Smith is more than a mosaic artist whose works are the pride of both public and private spaces from the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery to the mountain homes of Breckenridge, Colorado. Cheryl’s work with recycled glass is as much artistic expression as it is the fusion of humanity. Cheryl is not only a talented artist, but also a builder of community. Mosaic art transcends age, gender, language, physical limitations, and cultural boundaries.
Sammamish is the ideal venue for Cheryl’s talent; bringing people together from all walks of life to not only build a work of art to be shared throughout the community, but also build a mosaic of understanding that closes the gaps between generations and cultures.
Cheryl is a female small business owner and Sammamish resident for 20 years. She holds a degree in Fine Art from Southern Methodist University. Her previous work as a muralist has been published in Sunset Magazine’s Great Ideas for Baby Rooms. She began teaching art to children at the Boys and Girls Club of King County and quickly discovered her passion for helping others discover the artist in each of us. By working in recycled glass, Cheryl introduces a medium that is not only accessible to artists of all levels, but also serves the environment by keeping discarded glass from our landfills.
Creating a Progress Flag mosaic is more than an art project. It is an opportunity to gather safely and learn we are more alike than different through the art of mosaics. It’s a time of giving creative space to those in need within our community. A community mosaic’s impact is long-lasting as it is a constant opportunity for discussion.
Thanks to the Sammamish Arts Commission for the grant
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