Scott Rose

   "My family had me drawing from the time I could hold a crayon, by the time I had reached 7 years my Grandmother Mary Mandrean (who immigrated from Romania in 1913) walked me through step by step an ancient technique of Romanian stone to stone mosaic handed down through our family from as far back as Constantine II, 317 AD. My Grandmother told me it went back even farther than that but she knew the first actual mosaic, which the family received a commission on, was that date and it was paid for in Roman coins. My first true mosaic which I completed was approximately 14" x l9", made of marble, it was two Native Americans around a campfire, one was standing and the other was sitting. I must admit for my first shot at doing the art. I was a natural and loved the outcome of my labors.
   The art piece hung on my bedroom wall for many years as a reminder of several lessons learned about my family handed me down on mosaic art. During my lifetime I have completed over 100 mosaic art works and sketched thousands, which I eventually plan on getting around to inlaying someday.
   As far as rock hounding goes all the members of my family had fantastic rock collections. We traveled the United States each summer and collected specimens of the finest minerals our nation has to offer. My sister had the most fantastic collection of which my father assisted her on by building special carrying cases for and labeling all the specimens of museum cabinet piece collectibles. She was the oldest of the children and had been collecting the longest.
   Her collection won many awards through out her school hobby and talent shows.

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   I started getting very serious about the business of marble as dimension stone, landscape stone, pcc, and artistic mosaic marbles of the Devonian age upon a discovery I came across in the state of Montana in around 1988 and have always truly loved searching the hills for gold and silver and other precious metals that nature has to offer. Prior to mining and mosaic art as a means of putting bread on the table I believe I put both feet in the year of 1995. I had to give up the hard rock mining business when I became very ill in 2001, my health gave out and now I spend a lot of time with my mosaic artwork and plan on doing so for the remainder of my life.
   The following is a reprint of an article in a local newspaper. At the top of the page was: 'Sitting Bear,' a Chief of the Arakara Tribe, is one of Scott Rose's displays at Arts Alive in Eureka. The colors in the marble and stone used in the portrait are shades of blue, red, yellow, ivory and white."

   ARTS ALIVE FEATURES W.C. MOSAIC ARTIST "Scott Rose, born in California in 1953 and presently a resident of Willow Creek, is one of 13 mosaic artists featured this month at "Arts Alive," at The Ink People Gallery on 12th St. in Eureka. Rose began his training in the ancient Romanian art of stone-to-stone mosaic when he was 7-years-old with his grandmother Mary Mandrean as his teacher.
   There are different forms of mosaic, which use different minerals, styles and methods. Many mosaic are made of ceramic or glass: others are made of pebbles or mixed materials. Scott does his mosaics in Devonian Age marble and semiprecious gemstones. He meticulously lays the stone he collects from the White Hawk Mineral Quarry in Montana.

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   Rose and his partner Kevin Hulst found a huge deposit of top grade marble in 1996. Since then they developed other mineral deposits producing fine specimens of gemstones. After researching the Mining Law of 1872 and the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, they were able to claim the deposit.
   Scott has done mosaics of famous people such as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, and Barbara Streisand. He has done a Barbie doll mosaic for his daughter, a Superman, various animals and other characters from the past and present. He does mosaics from pictures or portraits.
   All mosaics are first hand sketched and then inlaid a piece at a time. 'Since it took Mother Nature millions of years to create these precious stones, we strongly feel that these mosaics will still be around for another 10 million years,' Scott states.

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   Rose first came to Willow Creek 21 years ago. He had a locksmith business in the Bigfoot Trading Post (Red Barn), which is now owned by Roger and Nancy Brown and houses several businesses.
   He recently returned to this area on his 15-year-old daughter's request, and does custom mosaics under the business name 'Legends in Stone.'"

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   "Before moving to Montana I owned and operated a locksmith business in several states, which was called Rose Lock and Key. It was very profitable business and I was a security consultant and locksmith for about 25 years before deciding to go into the mining business. Locksmithing allowed the flexibility to keep up with my art of pen and in drawings and original mosaic art inlays. In high school
   I had the opportunity to study under a master artist by name of Michael O'lala. It broke my heart when he died a very untimely death at a very young age. He was my hero when it came to being able to draw as though you were looking at a photograph. His land and seascapes were truly magnificent and he took a special liking to me and gave me hours of private lessons for no charge. He really appreciated my work with mosaic and my pen and ink nudes. I also consider Vargus a great influence on my earlier years as an artist at the high school level. The way he could draw and paint a woman was amazing. He worked with Playboy magazine and once a month would put out a beautiful watercolor of a fantasy woman, just amazing detail.

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   Another who I have admired is the artist extraordinaire' Boris Vallejo, his fantasy art is just unbelievable.
   I wanted to mention that in high school I was also a four-year letterman and captain of the water polo team and captain of the competitive springboard diving team. I was never defeated in springboard diving during my high school years. After high school I enlisted in the Navy during the Vietnam Era War, after my service to my country had come to an end I went back to college in Monterey for a couple of years and went back into springboard diving and even as a veteran with a totally whipped out leg, I won the one and three meter diving events in the California Coast Conference Diving Championships and ended my diving career with two gold metals from that event. Through the years I have also taught many springboard divers including by daughter Destinie.

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   Within the next month I was planning on another mosaic of a springboard diver to honor the art form which is now much more difficult to even get the opportunity to learn because it has been taken out of high school athletics because of the insurance risk and the cost of the insurance skyrocketing starting about 1980. It is a shame so many kids will never get the opportunity to learn the art now because most pools have removed their diving boards, so a mosaic is much needed, if for nothing other than to remind the world that it once was. Thousands of years from now when some archeologist comes across my gemstone mosaic of a diver he will probably think it must have been during a time when man could fly like a bird. Only time will tell for sure.

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   The following is a reprint of an article in another local newspaper, "The Times-Standard," by Michael Hughes.

A divinely-inspired mosaic
Rio Dell resident has created an image he calls 'Our Lady of the Bay'
   "RIO DELL - Scott Rose of Rio Dell has made mosaics for quite some time. His most recent creation, which he calls 'Our Lady of the Bay,' was inspired in a most unusual way.
   Tim S. Hickey, editor of Knights of Columbus magazine, saw a picture of a mosaic of Jesus that Rose had made and was intrigued by the intricacy of the creation.
   Hickey was so impressed that he contacted Rose and sent him a catalog of mosaics from the Vatican. Rose was especially struck by the catalog's cover image, a mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe. According to the Catholic faith, Our Lady, also called the Virgin Mary, delivers a message of love and compassion and the universal promise of help and protection to all mankind.
   Rose uses Devonian age marble and semiprecious gemstones, such as lapis, for the figure of 'Our Lady of the Bay' and seashells for the frame. He worked many hours on the mosaic and finally finished it in August 2002.
   In September, Rose asked the Rev. Tom Gowing of St. Patrick's Church in Scotia and Our Lady of the Redwoods Church in Garberville to bless the mosaic.
   'It was the most moving spiritual experience I have ever known in my life,' said Rose. 'Father Tom is a very wonderful man and radiates with the love of God."
   "… Getting back to the article about the mosaic 'Our Lady of the Bay,' it has been an interesting artwork and I still to this day have people calling wondering how the photographer was able to make the light above my head. Some swear they se the Lady herself and others think they see a cross above my head in the newspaper photo. It was rather interesting for the photographer asked that the lights be turned off and the shades drawn because the semiprecious gemstones and the Devonian age marble, which the art is comprised of was tumbled to a high gloss and any flash or light on the artwork when taking a picture of it causes a mirror like reflection on the photo. Usually, when I take a photo of one of my mosaics, I take it outside on an overcast day so there is no glare. So, there was no light on at the time of the photo, yet if you look above my head in the photo, what do you see?

"Scott Rose (left) and the Rev. Tom Gowing of St. Patrick's Church and Our Lady of the Redwoods, display Rose's mosaic, 'Our Lady of the Bay' which Gowing blessed."

   It was the most moving experience I have ever had, the night Father Tom blessed 'Our Lady of the Bay,' it was just before Advent season began. I don't know if it was my heart pounding so hard or the energy from the moment itself but as the blessing was taking place I could not keep the portrait still. It felt as though it was rocking back and forth, I think only noticeable to me. After the blessing, Father Tom said he would assist me in carrying the mosaic back to my van because the piece is rather heavy and my health hasn't been good lately. As we were taking the artwork outside it was about 9:00 pm as we started down the steps of the Church. Father Tom and I both stopped and put the mosaic down on the steps for we could not believe our eyes, there was a full moon out and when the light of it came across the masterpiece, she was beautiful, the moon light o the calcite just glistened. We both just looked and said at the same time, WOW!! So radiant, that we could not take our eyes off her for several minutes. Then we continued down to the van and I drove the mosaic back to my house. When I got home, I called my daughter Destinie to come out into the moonlight and look at this. She was also totally amazed.
   During Advent season the mosaic was hung in the Church and people from all around came to see her. You cannot imagine the feeling an artist has when he sees people crossing themselves in front of your work, or when an old woman bends down on her knees to pray while facing your artwork. I think the most moving of events following the blessing was when a mariachi band came in and played music and sang to the mosaic for one hour inside of the Church, the band came in, set up their instruments, turned their backs on the congregation and sang holy songs in Spanish to her. After the mass was over there was a great fiesta in celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the mosaic of Our Lady of the Bay….
   Oh, by the way 'Our Lady of the Bay,' also does something very unusual, which I am sure you will appreciate. Part of her fluoresces under a blacklight and then continues phosphorescing when the light is turned off. The Father explained to the congregation and the TV news station that it was a modern day phenomenon that they were seeing and experiencing.

   Dennis, this is really great of you to go to the trouble to devote your time and energy to being the modern day historian of mosaic art, thank you from all of us left on the earth that still do this slowly vanishing art form. There is nothing like the true colors of nature in a handmade mosaic, it almost seems alive when you have completed the project and a person can't wait to get started on the next. It is an art that young and old alike can take part in and learn to love the outcome of their artistic endeavor."

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