Contribute material for the memorial mosaic in Howard County


HOWARD COUNTY, MD – A community mosaic has taken shape in Ellicott City to help commemorate the community’s 250th anniversary. Lisa Scarbath, an artist in residence at the Howard County Center for the Arts, accepted contributions of small materials from the community to use as tesserae for the mosaic, objects like pebbles, a broken dish, a piece of glass or a trinket. She also asked for donor stories describing their connection to Ellicott City which she will display alongside the finished mosaic during the resident visual artists’ exhibit at the arts center in spring 2022.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Scarbath

As the owner of Pieceful Designs Mosaics and a resident of Ellicott City, Scarbath wanted to find a way to “recognize the flood tragedy” of years past while also acknowledging the historic 250th anniversary milestone through this work of art. She has been creating mosaics for 3.5 years and before that she worked with traditional stained glass. She started out as a lawyer and then as a teacher, but has been working full time as an artist for a few years now. Her favorite medium is mosaic followed by sculpture, she told Patch.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Scarbath

“In February, I attended the Society of American Mosaic Artist conference and heard about a mosaic artist who brought together materials from around the world for one work and others that brought hope and healing to their neighbors by creating local mosaic murals. My project combines these ideas and invites the community to tell their stories by sending pieces of their own history of Ellicott City to be included in the mosaic, ”she said declared.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Scarbath

Residents have until November 1 to donate materials to Scarbath to include in his room, especially small, durable, and non-biodegradable materials.

“For example, a pebble from the driveway where they lived in Ellicott City, a piece of a broken dish that reminds them of a special occasion celebrated in Ellicott City, a wrench or screw from a building where they worked on. Ellicott City or a trinket from a visit to Old Ellicott City. I will do my best to use any materials sent to me. However, I may need to modify or cut them to fit and the materials will not be Most importantly, participants should include their Ellicott City “story” – how they are connected to Ellicott City or why they think it’s special – in a few sentences or pages. I will post this information anonymously although I will credit anyone who took part in a list, ”she said.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Scarbath

Materials and stories can be mailed or dropped off at Scarbath Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Sunday noon to 4 p.m. h at Studio 7C, Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road.


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