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201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI

Artist-in-Residence, Chess From Scratch

Amy Mietzel + Marcia Yapp // Nov-Dec 2016


Madison artists Amy Mietzel and Marcia Yapp will draw on the imagery of chess from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass and bring the “Game of Kings” to life by creating mosaic chess boards and upcycled game pieces! During their residency, community members of all ages will have the opportunity to create several unique chess boards, fashion game pieces, and learn how to play the game of chess.


Mosaic Chess Boards & Upcycled Chess Pieces
Create a glass mosaic square piece to go into a chess board or mosaic outside design. Or, create an upcycled chess piece – use materials, such as cork, paper, duct tape and more, to create your own unique pawns. 

Central Library
Sat, Nov 12, 1 – 4 pm** 
Sat, Nov 19, 9 am – 12:30 pm***
Tue, Nov 22, 3 – 6 pm
Sun, Nov 27, 1 – 3 pm
Fri, Dec 2, 7 – 10 pm (Night Light)
Sat, Dec 3, 9 am – noon
Sat, Dec 10, 9 am – noon*
Sat, Dec 17, 9 am – noon* 

Sequoia Library
Tue, Dec 6, 4 – 6 pm

Meadowridge Library
Wed, Dec 14, 3:30 – 5 pm 

* Includes time for participants to learn the game of chess
** Mosaic Chess Boards only
*** Upcycled Chess Pieces only

About the Artists

Marcia Yapp is a professional photographer, mosaic artist, teacher, and community art facilitator based in Madison, WI. Since 2005, she has facilitated and co-facilitated several mosaic public art pieces in the Madison area, emphasizing the importance of community input, both in the design and creation of a piece. 

Marcia has worked on community projects through the Backyard Mosaic Women's Project, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, VSA Wisconsin (the State Organization on Arts and Disability), Joining Forces for Families’ Gardening for Empowerment Program, Madison-area public schools, neighborhood centers, and community gardens. She has also participated in youth- and adult-driven community photo projects with SNAPP (Southside Neighborhood Art Photography Project), the Promisekids Program at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, and a Photovoice project by Allied Neighborhood residents designed by the Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate Fellowship (WIF) grant program through the UW-Madison Morgridge Center for Public Service.

As a teacher, Marcia helps others employ mosaic and photography skills to expand their creative landscape. She brings knowledge, experience, and an excellent work ethic.

Amy Mietzel is the Creator and Director of Bareknuckle Arts, a small independent art center with a big heart. She has shared her love of art with others by earning a teaching degree and teaching young artists in grades K-8 for over 20 years. Amy was instrumental in bringing student art into the Madison community with shows at the Steenblock Gallery of Photography, the Overture Center for the Arts, and the monumental billboard project through Dane Arts called, "Honoring Imagination," which showcased middle school visual art on billboards around the city.  

As a working artist Amy has exhibited her own personal art at the Common Wealth Gallery in Madison, through the Madison Arts Commission in the Mayor's Conference Room, at the Monroe Performing Arts Center in Monroe, Wisconsin and at Caestaker Gallery at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin.

Her connection to the community of Madison and surrounding areas runs deep as she has volunteered at Very Special Arts for many years as well as taught adult and kid workshops in Columbus, Beaver Dam, and Sheboygan Wisconsin.