Summer Street Gallery - Carol Krenztman

Thursday September 12, 2019 - Friday November 29, 2019
12:00pm - 6:00pm

Ever since being inspired by the striking and varied examples of stained glass and mosaic art that Carol Krentzman was fortunate to view on a trip to Europe in 2000, she decided to study these art forms with the guidance of many skilled teachers. Subsequently, her artistic aspirations and desires have been focused on creating stained glass and mosaic public art. As a result, all of Carol’s colorful stained glass pieces have been designed specifically for the physical spaces in which they are installed. Her playful indoor and outdoor mosaics, which enhance the walls or spaces that they occupy, are fabricated with a variety of broken tiles and individually made fused glass and hand-made clay tile elements. Carol feels privileged to continue to have the opportunity to realize her mosaic dreams, often because of the involvement of community sponsors, artistic partners, and groups of amazing volunteers who each help in their own way.

In 2017, Carol collaborated with the multi-talented artist Helen M Salzberg to create a collection of mosaic portraits. Helen begins her art process by making a series of sketches and then turning them into collages using colorful paper and paints. After receiving the collages, Carol enlarged and simplified them to produce templates. The next step was to cut each unique substrate shape, and then design and build the corresponding mosaic portraits with stained glass, fused glass and multi-colored tiles.

Carol also partnered with Argentinian artist Graciela Fuenzalida. Using Fuenzalida’s energetic design that is on an Alma Huarpe purse purchased in Argentina as a gift in 2009 from Carol’s son, Carol created the fun and engaging mosaic portrait “Gabriella.”

As a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, Carol has been involved in making art and teaching mosaics for many years. Her permanent commission work can be seen in Natick, MA at the Morse Institute Library, TCAN - The Center for Arts in Natick, Fair & Yeager Insurance Building, Natick Community Senior Center, First Congregational Church of Natick and Temple Israel. Additional works are in the Leonard Florence Center in Chelsea, Jackson School in Newton, McAuliffe Charter School in Framingham, Jewish Community Day School in Watertown, the Peace Hall in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, and in many individual homes. Mosaics that are currently on exhibit can be viewed at the Edward M Kennedy Institute in Boston in “A Seat at the Table,” which is a tribute to Shirley Chisholm; and in “Field of Hearts” as part of “Art in the Orchard,” which is a display of large outdoor sculptures at Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton.