Tile Mural Dedication

The Story of the “Tile Pixies” at The Gray Mockingbird GardenDSCN5755Once upon a time, Jill Karlin gave birth to the idea of painting a tile mural for the Gray Mockingbird Community Garden in Lake Worth. Her concept was to recreate a “Garden of Eden” theme with the “Tree of Life” as its focal point. As the mural evolved, the depictions included all of Florida’s flora and fauna.

DSCN5757The project moved along slowly, and soon took on a life of its own.  Jill needed help.  She put out the word and, as only a “woman’s call to arms” can achieve, local artists and volunteers answered the call.  Most of us had never met before, over the months that followed, more than thirty five people contributed to the making of the mural. Some only to paint leaves, others to do the tedious glazing of the 960 tiles.

Jill had opened “a door of creativity” for everyone, inviting them to bring their personality and artistry to the mural. One woman in particular had never done anything remotely artistic. Her forte was writing. Asked if she knew how to draw a “comma” she replied “Sure” She was promptly encouraged to pick up a brush, load it with green paint and make comma marks on the trees, hence, her trademark “comma leaves” were born.DSCN5846

Nicknamed the “Tile Pixies”, fourteen women in particular became the core group who stayed the course on the project from beginning to end. Their work began at the Scottish Rite Masonic building. Eventually, the tiles were moved to Jill Karlin’s garage, and for countless days and nights these artists worked together in the heat of summer. Laughter, whirling talent and camaraderie was palpable every time they gathered. In the end, all the tiles, paint, and glazing were brought to the home of one of the “pixies” for the mural to be completed while Jill went to England for the summer.DSCN9345

Months later, Jill returned from England to find that the pixies had all the tiles painted, glazed and ready for her to fire!             Bless the Pixies!              The finished mural is comprised of 960 6”x6” tiles….each one hand painted.  It bespeaks the energy, labor, creativity, love, dedication and personality each person brought to it.  Each drop of paint has a purpose.

The End.DSCN5845

The Tile Pixies  Aidana Baldassarre, Anna Muttart, Barbara DeClerque, Buttons Brokovich, Chris Gostling, Jeannie Fernsworth, Lee Krull, Mary Steffan, MaryJane Canova, Rhonda Hewitt, Ruth Lynch, Sibyll Hoch, Susan Ona, Ursula Fernandez,                                     Those Who Lovingly Took Part:  Ana M. (Serita’s mom), AnnaMaria Windisch-Hunt, Audrey, Bridgette, Debra Wynter, Doris Chafin, Greg Rice, JIF, Kaitlin Spinelli, Lenore Karlin, Lisa Freeman, Lori Rice, Mary Lindsey,  Pam Nolan, Pam Triolo, Ron Cellilo, Serita M.(Ana’s daughter) Skylar, Summer and Coral Hoch (Sibyll’s little daughters,) Tammy Pansa, Terry Brokovich, Torom Mary Stephon.  DSCN5770  Blogger Comment.  This was background story as it was being read at the dedication, but not completed. Thank you Terri and Buttons Brokovitch without their intervention,  this project may never have seen the light of Day.  Thank you to all the unsung Pixies and volunteers, should  a name have been omitted please send it on and I will gladly edit for inclusion. 1795964_10201658013560721_1975567396_o

About Lake Worth Florida by the moment the source of inspiration

A former Unite Press International photographer. Spent 9 years with Cruise Ship Photos of London. Moved to Lake Worth from Coconut Grove, with artist husband Fred Hunt. Never leaves the house without a camera. Writes another blog "One Ear Society" dealing with the ins and outs of the art world. Closed her Art Gallery in Coconut Grove after 17 years to relocate in Lake Worth.
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2 Responses to Tile Mural Dedication

  1. Terry Brokovich says:

    Thank you very much.


  2. Anna Muttart says:

    Hi Chris, you lovely vibrant woman you! You are the first blog i have ever gone to much less written on:) Finally I can see where you disappear too:) What a treat this blog is. I missed you and Rhonda being at the unveiling of the mural. It was Crazy exciting, magical, beautiful, zany, inspirational and somewhat sad… as only a pixie would know… sounds mushy, but i pray that only Love and Peace will prevail. Great write up…
    So you have a shop in England, cool? What is the name of it? Btw- Jeff and I were able to attend that wonderful cooking lesson and tasting, “Fit for a Queen.” Penny, the chef, is still often the Queen and Prince Phillips Special Chef. She was just adorable and “a hoot!” The food was Yuuummy! Hugs to you sweetie. When will you both be back?


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