Telluride local featured in art auction for Docs Without Borders

Telluride local featured in art auction for Docs Without Borders

[click “Play” to hear Susan’s interview with Flair Robinson]


Flair Robinson Telluride local Flair Robinson is aptly named. She is a woman with a flair for art; her medium is the ancient art form of mosaic. On April 1, Flair joints a global group of mosaic artists who have generously donated 126 original works to an online auction to benefit Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The bidding runs through April 27.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international humanitarian organization which unites direct medical care with a commitment to bearing witness to the plight of the people it assists. MSF includes a network of 27,000 doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators, and other qualified professionals who deliver emergency medical assistance to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, natural disasters, or exclusion from health care in nearly 60 countries. The organization had boots on the ground in Haiti and is now active in Japan.

Mosaic is the art of transforming small pieces of colored glass, stone, pebbles, and other materials such as ceramic tiles, baubles, crockery and fused glass into a picture or pattern of abstract or representational images for decorative purposes, generally inside a home or church. The technique has been around for centuries: examples of this floor or wall ornamentation abound in pre-Islamic Persia, ancient Rome, and early Jewish and Christian cultures. Mosaics dominated church art throughout the Italian Renaissance and Baroque eras (16th and 17th centuries), but the art form is still going strong today.

Some of the artists in the group show/online auction favor materials dating back to mosaic origins. Others take full advantage of the limitless tesserae possibilities available today. Flair used a combination of Royal Mosa ceramic tile, glass, vintage letter, glass cabochon (c.1895) vintage Bakelite cabochons, vintage domino, Bakelite dice, vintage bottle cap, self-designed and heat-pressed ceramic tile to create her piece, “Atomic Wheelies.”

“Although I know that Doctors Without Borders brings healthcare to people of all ages throughout the world, I couldn’t help but think of all the children they’ve saved.  It is with the spirit of these children in mind that I created this piece. Playful wheelies in candy colored swirls are my nod to the 1950’s and the atomic age, when times seemed to be simpler and colors became bolder.  I am grateful for having been given the opportunity to create something that I know will wind up helping this amazing organization.”

To learn more about Flair, follow this link from an earlier post on Telluride Inside… and Out: /2010/02/your-ah-haa-moment-a-flair-for-mosaics.html
To pre-register for the auction, go here:

To learn more about this online auction, click the “play” button and listen to Flair’s interview.

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