Directory profile: Margie Rotondo
I am a Mosaic Artist. I Upcycle 3D items into Treasures, from Violins, Guitars to Bowling balls. I also do Stained glass pictures and Jewelry. I work with Mirror, Van Gough, Stained glass, Home made tiles, Cabochons, Shells and Beads. Inspired by life experiences growing up and living in Minneapolis.
Rotondo’s Hideaway Studio
July 10, 2014 by guest
“I have been given numerous items to bring back to life,” says Margie Rotondo, a mosaic artist in Northeast Minneapolis who upcycles any three-dimensional object into a showpiece. Many of the items passed along to her are musical instruments including a violin from a member of the Saint Paul Orchestra, several guitars, and most recently a cello. “I find it a challenge to make them into something that will catch your eye.”
Though she may call it challenging, Rotondo consistently creates eye-catching art. Using materials like mirrors, stained glass, homemade tiles, gemstones and beads, she puts together intricate mosaics that line the walls of her studio and gallery space, Rotondo’s Hideaway Studio. Her portfolio of work includes everything from eclectic jewelry and sea shell guitars to a fireplace mantel and a mosaic parrot called Captain Jack.
A lifelong resident of Minneapolis, Rotondo says she is inspired by life experiences. After graduating from North Community High School and taking every art class offered, she married the drummer of a local band called Rocking Horse and ultimately settled down in Northeast. To put it in her words, she “lives, eats, sleeps and breathes Northeast Minneapolis.”
She has previously shown at the Edina Art Center, The Kären Gallery, Flow Art Space, the Grain Belt Studios, and many more. She is also a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA), Mnartists.org, the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), and the Minnesota Mosaic Guild. In the future, Rotondo hopes to host more open studio and private events in her space and to continue to show her art to the people of Northeast.
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