• St. Augustine Parking Garage Mosaic Tile Project

    The new mosaic, between the Visitors Information Center and the city parking garage, was put together on Wednesday morning.

    Artists Wendy Mandel-McDaniel and Jan Master designed the piece that was taken from a 16th century map of St. Augustine.

    The new mosaic between the Visitor's Information Center and the city parking garage is seen being worked on Wednesday morning, October 25, 2006. Artists Wendy Mandel-McDaniel and Jan Master designed the piece that's embellished from a 16th century map of St. Augustine.

    They added animals and plant-life as well as other designs appropriate to the time period, including a representation of the Timacuan Indians, alligators and sea-life.

    "Hopefully this is the beginning of a lot more public art (in St. Augustine)," said Mandel-McDaniel. The mosaic is 364 square feet, made from 42 panels and approximately 227,500 travertine and granite tiles.

  • 'Structure, form and meaning' exhibit at FloArts

    www.floarts.org Florida School of the Arts| (FloArts), 5001 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, will present the works of two St. Augustine artists and one Jacksonville artist in an artist invitational begin through Oct. 15. The exhibit will be in the Main Gallery at the Florida School of the Arts located on the Palatka Campus of St. Johns River Community College.

    The show will feature the work of Ellen Housel, Wendy Mandel McDaniel and Jan Miller. McDaniel and Miller are from St. Augustine.According to David Ouellette, instructor and gallery director at FloArts, the three artists were chosen and asked to present their work together with the purpose and intention of addressing issues of the creative process.

    Artists have always been asked what inspires them, what prompts them and how they come about making the works that they ultimately produce," he said.

    "Some state that the artistic process is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration, while others say that it can not be defined at all. Here we see the fruits of three artists who have unique and yet fully committed aesthetic applications that, together, present a harmonic chord to the greater and fuller enrichment to those who view these works".

  • Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville - Press Release

    Artists work with students on mosaic mural project at pal

    JACKSONVILLE, FL Nearly 100 local children have worked with two St. Augustine artists to complete a mosaic tile mural at the Police Athletic League (PAL) building at 2165 West 33rd Street. The project was commissioned by the city’s Art in Public Places Program. Artists Jan Master and Wendy Mandel McDaniel have designed a 406 square-foot mosaic project which flanks the entry walls, outside columns and the entrance archway of the building, is used primarily for after school and athletic programs.

    “This art work is truly a blessing to our organization and the community,” said Lieutenant L.V. “Buddy” Hayes, executive director of PAL. “We are looking forward to sharing this inspirational work with the public and with the many children who pass through the halls of PAL.” The artists worked with students at the PAL in both their after school and summer camp programs. Students have helped by creating the tile designs and are assisting with the installation of the work. As individual artists, Jan Master and Wendy Mandel McDaniel have exhibited widely and completed both public and private commissions. Their design was influenced by the colorful mosaic columns of the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Spain.

    “The imagery which includes spirals, butterflies, and harlequin shapes represents the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of the children,” said Master. “In addition, the entrance walls and canopy are inscribed with words of inspiration for the children to see every day as they enter and leave the building.” The project will be completed by the end of July. An official dedication of the building, to be announced at a later date, will include the children, police officers, elected officials and the artists. The project was funded through the Art in Public Places Ordinance which allows for the dedication of three-quarters of one percent of construction and design costs of new or renovated public facilities for the purchase of public art.

    Over $2.5 million has been generated for the public art fund since the ordinance was passed, most of it coming from recent Better Jacksonville Plan projects including the new Arena, Ballpark, and the downtown Main Library. Art Selection Committees are made up of members of the general public, arts professionals, architects and staff from the selected sites. The Art in Public Places Program is directed by the City’s appointed Public Art Commission, with administrative services provided by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.