Vreeland, Vanessa Somers

  • “Asaroton 2000” Inspiration derived from the Ancient Roman Mosaic called Asaroton meaning unswept floor, Second Century A.D. 75 x 55 inches (1.7 x 1.4 meters)
  • Vanessa's mosaic looked absolutely sensational with the Rodins in the Legion of Honor Museum in Lincoln Park, San Francisco during the week of May 22nd, 2011
  • "The Look of Love" Fused glass mosaic enclosed in amphor-shaped glass, with black metal stand, 12 x 8 1/4 inches, Signed
  • "Green Eye" Fused glass mosaic with black metal stand, 8 inch diameter, Signed
  • "Jane Fonda's Eye" Fused glass mosaic with black metal stand, 12 inch diameter, Signed
  • "Wise Eye" Marble and glass mosaic in cement, framed in silver-coloured metal, 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 1 inches, Signed
  • "Pharaoh's Son" Glass mosaic suspended in acrylic, 12 x 6 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches, Signed
  • "Blue Eye" Fused glass mosaic with black metal stand, 8 inch diameter, Signed
  • "The Three Wise Monkeys" Fused glass mosaic, with 3 black metal stands, 4 x 2 1/2 inches, Signed. Each Sold Separately
  • "Wise Monkey Eye I" Fused glass mosaic, with black metal stand, 4 x 2 1/2 inches, Signed
  • "Wise Monkey Eye II" Fused glass mosaic, with black metal stand, 4 x 2 1/2 inches, Signed
  • "Wise Monkey Eye III" Fused glass mosaic, with black metal stand, 4 x 2 1/2 inches, Signed
  • “Who’s There?” Fused glass mosaic, 4 x 8 x 1/4 inches, Signed
  • “David’s Eye” Fused glass mosaic, 4 x 8 x 1/4 inches, Signed
  • “Calm and Peaceful” Fused glass mosaic, 3 5/8 x 6 x 1/4 inches, Signed
  • “Inquiring Eye” Fused glass mosaic, 5 x 5 x 1/4 inches, Signed. Private Collection
  • “Morning After” Fused glass mosaic, 6 x 6 x 1/4 inches, Signed
  • “Bright Eye” Fused glass mosaic, 3 1/4 x 3 7/8 x 1/4 inches, Signed
  • “Glint In Her Eye” Fused glass mosaic, 4 1/16 x 4 1/2 x 3/16 inches, Signed
  • “Looking for…….You” Fused glass mosaic, 4 x 5 1/4 x 5/16, Signed
  • “Going To The Spa” Fused glass mosaic enclosed in amphor-shaped glass, 12 x 9 x 3/8 inches, Signed. Private Collection
  • “Copacabana - Carnival” Fused glass mosaic enclosed in amphor-shaped glass, 12 x 8 3/4 x 3/8 inches, Signed
  • "Clematis" 1992, Mosaic cemented in a garden, Washington D.C., 1.25 m (50 inches)
  • "Lemons" 135 x 82 cm (60 x 32 inches)
  • Oranges at Midnight
  • Regina di Notte
  • “The Sad Gladiator” 8 x 8 inches (20 x 20 cm)
  • "Venice Visited" Pair of mosaic tables on custom designed metal pole stands. The metal poles create a unique geometric pattern. 28 x 20 x 20 inches (70 x 50 x 50 cm) Signed
  • "In Vino Veritas" Mosiac of marble and glass, 120 x 84 cm
  • "In Vino Veritas" at work table
  • Secret Garden Mosaic at the Vreeland’s Residence in Marrakech, 18 x 36 foot swimming pool
  • Secret Garden Mosaic (Detail)
  • Waterfall Mosaic
  • Waterfall Mosaic
  • Waterfall Mosaic
  • Vanessa Somers' Nature Series on view at Dar Yacout Restaurant, 79 rue Sidi Ahmed Soussi | Bab Doukkala, Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco Tel. 0524.382929
  • Vanessa Somers Vreeland's Nature Series
  • Vanessa Somers Vreeland's Nature Series
  • Vanessa Somers Vreeland's Nature Series
  • Vanessa Somers Vreeland's Nature Series
  • Vanessa Somers Vreeland's Nature Series
  • Vanessa Somers Vreeland's Nature Series
  • Vanessa Somers Vreeland's Nature Series
  • Vanessa Somers Vreeland's Nature Series
  • Vanessa Somers Vreeland's Nature Series
  • Vanessa Somers Vreeland's Nature Series

British, (1935-2015)

For information regarding mosaics and other works of art by Vanessa Somers Vreeland,
please contact Jeanne Chisholm:
info@chisholmgallery.com
845-505-1147

Vanessa Somers Vreeland’s Complete Gallery of work and related media

Recent events, press and interviews

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Vanessa Somers Vreeland trained with professor Odoardo Anselmi, art director of the Vatican Mosaic Studio in Rome and taught at Corning Museum of Glass, Penland School of Crafts, and the Columbia Museum of Art. She has had gallery shows in Paris, Rome, London, Brussels and North Africa. Vreeland’s artistic path to mosaics began with painting on canvas, then on glass. She independently developed a fused glass mosaic technique and also works in marble and cold glass in traditional Roman style.

Vanessa edited My Colorful Life, an autobiography of her remarkable aunt, British Portraitist Juliet Pannett. Pannett had her own seat in the House of Commons, from which she sketched Britain’s political milestones – including the debates on the Profumo affair in 1963 and Winston Churchill’s last appearance in 1964. When Juliet died in 2005, she left a legacy of commissioned portraiture throughout Britain including 22 portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Chisholm Gallery Testimonial by Ambassador Frederick Vreeland

Jeanne Chisholm, and her art gallery, have been the most impressive and supportive assets to my wife, Vanessa Somers Vreeland, in the four or five years in which Jeanne has been her agent and US sales representative.

Their relationship started three decades ago as a pure, disinterested friendship between two very mature and intellectually advanced women, who discovered they had the same level of excitement and energy regarding the fine arts. Vanessa had already settled on designing and personally creating art works in the ancient medium of mosaics. Jeanne was specializing in paintings and drawings primarily related to the many facets of the horse world. So Vanessa was very pleasantly surprised when Jeanne eventually volunteered to help her in the US art market.

And both she and I were even more impressed by the truly professional manner in which Jeanne rapidly spread the word about Vanessa Mosaics, particularly in the high-end niche where they both agreed would be the greatest interest in this virtually unknown art. Unfortunately the mosaic medium has largely been relegated dismissively to the “decorative arts” by the gallery-and-critic circles which dominate in America, despite the fact that much of what they currently feature is far from the classic realms of painting and sculpture.  (Their reasoning is that most contemporary mosaics are made by artisans slavishly copying the ancient or religious originals – never true of Vanessa’s.)

Jeanne’s communication skills are astounding. She has starred in getting through to, maintaining a dialogue with, and ultimately charming potential buyers, museum directors, owners of other galleries and key people in the world of press and publicity.  In addition to tireless personal correspondence, she uses the social media and ultimately her personal allure in pursuit of buyers and exhibitors for Vanessa’s art works.

Jeanne Chisholm is not just an art gallery owner and sales agent, but a person who puts her whole heart, her colossal energy and her intellectual acumen into representing the artists she chooses to promote.

Ambassador Frederick Vreeland
Rome, Italy
July  11,  2015

Links

Mosaics on Pinterest – Vanessa Somers Vreeland

Vanessa Somers Vreeland at the Extraordinary Discovery of the Almoravide Dynasty Early Capital City, 11th Century (PDF Link)

Italian Cultural Institute, NYC, December 2013 – Asaroton Exhibition & History of Mosaics Lecture entitled “Mosaics, a Lost Art – Rediscovered” by Vanessa Somers Vreeland

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Palm Beach,  April 2014 – Asaroton Exhibition & History of Mosaics Lecture entitled “Mosaics, a Lost Art – Rediscovered” by Vanessa Somers Vreeland

Rave Review By Carleton Varney “Mosaic artist as fascinating as her work” – Palm Beach Daily News – May 29, 2014

Vanessa Somers Vreeland at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens – By Jan Sjostrom – Palm Beach Daily News - April 17, 2014

Vanessa Somers Vreeland Mosaics, Marrakech, Morocco 2009 – A film by Director Fabienne Strouve

Asaroton 2000 – Vanessa Somers Vreeland on Slideshare

Asaroton – Vanessa Somers Vreeland’s Mosaic: By Prof. Giandomenico Spinola Expert on the Vatican Asaroton, Vatican Museums, Rome

AmphorEyes & Lovers’ Eyes – Vanessa Somers Vreeland on Slideshare

The Nature Series – Vanessa Somers Vreeland on Slideshare

Orchid Mosaic Mandalas – Vanessa Somers Vreeland on Slideshare

Botanical Mosaic Swimming Pool Design in Marrakech, Morocco – Vanessa Somers Vreeland on Slideshare

Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco, Lecture, Demonstration, and Exhbition for Vanessa Somers Vreeland

Getty Villa Mosaics instructor shows how to succeed in art career by Max Emanuel Donner at examiner.com

Vanessa Somers Vreeland’s Philosophy

Key To Rome” book discussion with Frederick and Vanessa Vreeland – Featured in New York Social Diary

The Chic of Marrakech – Departures Magazine

Frederick Vreeland’s Homepage

Career Highlights

2 Workshops for the Getty Villa Museum, Malibu, California-2010
Creating 2 large mosaics Oranges and Lemons on private commission-2010
Inventing & creating Molten Mosaic Inclusions in Glass, Penland School, Penland, SC-2009
Lecture on the History of Mosaic, John Cabot University, Rome-2009
Teaching Mosaics, traditional and fused techniques, Corning Museum, Corning NY-2008
Creating 1 square meter mosaic Vino Veritas for Romes top hotel-2007-2008
Teaching Mosaics, traditional and fused techniques, Penland, North Carolina-2006
Teaching Mosaics and public lecture, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC-2006
Creating 15 ft-long Fountain Mosaic, Mclean, Virginia-2006
Creating a 5ft x 5ft fine-cut marble mosaic for a private museum-2005
Artist in Residence, Corning Museum of Glass, N.Y. State-2005
Teaching Mosaics, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, N.Y. State,-2004
Asaroton 2000 mosaic, inspired by 2nd century BC Greek original-1999-2003
Pate de Verre Workshops with S. and K. Higuchi, Venice-2001-2003
Public Lecture G.A.S. Conference, & Group Show, Corning Museum, Corning, NY-2001
Summer session in Byzantine mosaics, Ravenna 1999; & Glass, Venice-2001
Teaching Mosaics, Corning Museum, New York State-1998
Artist in Residence, Corning Museum , New York State-1998
Public Lecture: “History of Mosaics” American Craft Museum, New York City-1998
Artist in Residence, Glass Studio, Portland, Oregon-1997-2001
Summer Session, Haystack School of Crafts-1988
Summer Session, Pilchuck Art School-1985

Major Shows

Private exhibit of the Asaraton 2000 mosaic at the British School (academy), Rome-2009
Private exhibit of Orchid mosaics at Marrakechs top art gallery-2009
Gallerie Luniverre, Paris EYES Fused Glass Mosaics-2006
The Human Body (Group show), Studio S, Rome, Mosaics-1999-2000
Corning Glass Museum, Group Show-1997-1998
U.S.I.S., Rabat, Morocco: (oil paintings)-1992 and Mosaics-1993
Anne O’Brien Gallery, Washington D.C., Mosaics-1991
Eclectic Gallery, New York, Mosaics-1990
Ministry of Culture, Rome,  Mosaics-1990
Galerie Il Cortile, Rome (Photo-montage)-1988
Pot Gallery, Rome, Mosaics-1987
Camden Arts Centre, London, England, Lucite-1987
Galleria l’Ariete, Rome, Mosaics and Glass in Lucite-1986
Family Art Show, Arun Art Centre, Arundel, Mosaics and Glass in Lucite-1985
American Stanhope, New York, Mosaics and Glass in Lucite-1984
Oriental Museum, Durham, England (Photography)-1984
Galleria Il Cortile, Rome (Photo-montage)-1983
Centre Culturel du Marais, Paris (Photography)-1983
Studio S/ Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy (Photography)-1982
Fench Cultural Institute, Florence, Italy, Glass and Lucite-1980
Theo Portnoy Gallery, New York, U.S.A., Glass and Lucite-1978
Centre Culturel du Marais Museum, Paris, Glass and Lucite-1978
Alexandra Monet Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, Glass and Lucite-1977
Gallerie Barroux, Paris, France, Glass and Lucite-1975

Books

Elaine M. Goodwin:  Mosaic Today-2009
Elaine M. Goodwin:  The Figure in Mosaic-2007
Richard Yelle:  International Glass Art  (Taschen)-2003
Urban Glass:  Contemporary Art  (New York)-2000
The Mosaic Book (London)-1994-1998
Moroccan Interiors (Taschen)-1995
Kelly Klein:  Pools (New York)-1993
L&L Dennis:  Morocco (New York)-1992
The Guild, Source Book of American Artists (New York)