Pineville residents will have a chance to express their creative side and view the artwork of their neighbors at a new business in downtown starting in May.
M3 Gallery, which stands for Modern Mosaic Masters, will open for classes this spring at 109 Dover St., across from town hall. The gallery and educational venue will focus on the art of mosaics, or taking small pieces of material such as colored glass or stones and creating an image or design.
It’s something M3 Gallery owner Vicki Hanson-Burkhart, formerly of Charlotte’s Ciel Gallery + Mosaic Studio, has known she wanted to do for a while.
“I saw a book with some mosaic on the front and thought ‘I’m going to do that one day,’” Hanson-Burkhart said. She started taking classical mosaic classes at the Chelsea College of Arts in London in 1997, and attributes the experience as the start of her artistic career.
“If you learn the rules from the beginning, you can break the rules and know why you’re breaking them,” she said.
Hanson-Burkhart prefers to work with Smalti tiles, which she imports from Venice, Italy, or 24-karat gold. The Smalti tiles are hand-made, Venetian enameled glass that has a rich color and an irregular surface, Hanson-Burkhart explained. Made popular during the Byzantine Era, “it’s very expensive material that has been used in the cathedrals in Europe,” she said.
M3 Gallery will be a mosaic “gallery, classroom and studio that focuses on fine art mosaic and (bringing) classic mosaic to the Charlotte area,” Hanson-Burkhart continued. “I’m super excited. I’ve just started unpacking, it’s a slow process.”
Classes will range in experience from beginner to advanced, though Hanson-Burkhart’s specialty is teaching artists who are looking to take their work to the next level. She enjoys working with people who have never done mosaics before, helping them find their style.
“For me, I’ve wanted to branch out on my own for a long time,” Hanson-Burkhart said. “I’m at an age to where it’s like, if I don’t do it now, I’ll never do it,” she said.
The Weddington resident picked downtown Pineville for her business because of its historic aspect, which complements her medium, she said. Although her business is at 109 Dover St. for now, Hanson-Burkhart will move to 325 Main St. when renovations on her spot are completed this
Along with opening her business, Hanson-Burkhart also is the organizer and manager of Pattern Now: A Mosaic Masters Exhibition. The international art show features artists curated by Emma Biggs. The artists include Jo Braun, Sonya Louro do Rego, Petra Kartak, Mona Magdi Kenawy, Toyoharu Kii, Sonia King, Sandra Naxara, Julie Richey and Ilana Shafir.
These are the types of artists Hanson-Burkhart will bring into her
“These are the leading mosaic artists of the world,” Hanson-Burkhart said. “They are absolute leaders in the industry.”
The artwork in the current show, Pattern Now XIV, is being shown in Kentucky until April 25. Hanson-Burkhart recently sold a piece of her own artwork at the show called Twist and Turns.
“When you’re making larges pieces of art in mosaic, you don’t have sales every day,” she said.
Some of the details for her new gallery are still coming together, Hanson-Burkhart said, and for now people should go to her website, www.m3gallery.com, to learn more. Find more information on Pattern Now: A Mosaic Masters Exhibition at www.facebook.com/pages/Pattern-