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The “50 Faces” mosaic exhibition runs through January 16 at the Bankhead Theater Gallery in Livermore. (Assorted artists)

An exciting new exhibition of mosaic art from Italy, “50 Faces”, has opened at the Bankhead Theater Gallery. On display are portraits of famous people who combine traditional materials (marble and enamel) with others taken from everyday life (stone, glass, plastic, wood, jewelry and fabric) to give intensity to the mosaics.

“The plays are a joy to see,” said Anne Giancola, visual arts director at the Bankhead Theater Gallery. “So much detail and creativity in these familiar images made in classical art form.”

The opening reception, “Café & Cannoli”, took place from 10 am to 12:30 pm last Saturday.

The innovative exhibition comes from the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli, founded in 1922 in the small town of Spilimbergo, in northeastern Italy, to teach and preserve the tradition of mosaic art.

The “50 Faces” include the winners of the Mosaic Young Talent competition and feature icons of art, culture and music such as Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Morgan Freeman. The collection also includes business tycoons such as Steve Jobs and Walt Disney; music greats such as David Bowie and Elvis Presley; modern actors like Angelina Jolie, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio and more.


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