I must create, it is the essence of my being. I am continually thinking about how I can translate my experiences into art. My recent artistic topics are closely tied to my identity, sense of place and spirituality.
Focusing on emotional responses to art, I utilize various techniques and materials to both express and evoke feelings. I work in mosaics, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, pencil and acrylic. I utilize strong design, vivid colors, contrasts in light and dark and in some works, evocative subject matter to express feelings and tell stories.
In my most current artwork, I “paint” with glass, creating rich and reflective glass mosaic pieces. My “I am Yemenite” mosaic portrait series depicts the rich and painful history of Yemenite Jews. My goal is to teach and honor those whose story I wish to tell. This body of work is both personally meaningful and relevant today as we struggle with the plight of refugees from many regions.
Another recent focus is my appreciation of the beauty that exists in our often difficult, painful and complicated world. I express these ideas through my body of work which focuses on reflected light. There is a sense of awe that I feel when I observe the beauty of light. The dichotomy of beauty and pain in our world guides my work and continually motivates me to explore different aspects of these ideas.
I am a member of Society of American Mosaic Artists, Mosaic Artists of Michigan, Embrace Creatives and Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club.
I am currently represented by Twisted Fish Gallery in Elk Rapids, MI.
1982: B.F.A.,University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
1980-1981:Junior year abroad at Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI.
1980-1981: Junior year abroad at Wayne State University Art Department, Detroit, MI.
1985: M.A. in Clinical Psychology, University of Detroit, Detroit, MI.
1992: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Detroit, Detroit, MI.
I have continued my art education on a consistent basis, learning with painters and mosaic artists including: Robert Wilbert, Leslie Masters, Robert Schefman, Mireille Swinnen, Yulia Hanansen, Carol Shelkin, Stanley Rosenthal, Dani Katzir, Barbara Cashman, Gail Rosenberg, Pini Gur, Edna Segev, Laura Rendlen, Yael Draznin Blumberger, Kelly Knickerbocker, Tami Macala, Gila Rayburn and Donna VanHooser.
Recent Awards and Shows:
2020: Canvas Pontiac, Awarded Third place in hand made category by judges, Pontiac, MI.
2020: Steam Exhibit, Janice Charach Gallery, W. Bloomfield, MI.
2020: Featured artist in “Mosaics”, a private international online mosaic community.
2019: Featured artist in “Mosaics”, a private international online mosaic community.
2019: Bond- 5 Mosaic Artists, South Haven Center for the Arts, South Haven, MI.
2019: Mosaic Artists of Michigan Exhibit, Lapeer Center for the Arts, Lapeer, MI.
2019: Huntington Woods Artists Walk, Huntington Woods, MI.
2019: Never Long Enough Art Exhibit, Huntington Woods Gallery, Huntington Wds., MI.
2019: Origins Exhibit, Janice Charach Gallery, W. Bloomfield, MI.
2019: Mosaic installation, Beaumont, Royal Oak, MI.
2018: Lowell Arts Gallery Mosaic Artists of Michigan Show.
2018: Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2018: Palate to Palette: Art & Appetite Exhibit, Crooked Tree Arts Ctr., Traverse City, MI
2018: One Woman Art Exhibit, Williamston Theatre, Williamston, MI.
2018: Mosaic installation, St. Joseph Hospital, Pontiac, MI.
Dr. Michelle Sider is the co-author and illustrator of two books: “Never Long Enough: Finding Comfort and Hope Amidst Grief and Loss”, 2017 and “Never Long Enough Workbook/Coloringbook”, 2019.
Selected Press Coverage:
Artist Michelle Sider Has Created a Series-Detroit Jewish News https://issuu.com/detroitjewishnews/docs/djn_082720_lr/s/10918582
Mosaic artist eases pain of pandemic with scenes of Michigan’s beauty– The Oakland Press https://www.theoaklandpress.com/entertainment/mosaic-artist-eases-pain-of-pandemic-with-scenes-of-michigans-beauty/article_2870a94e-e31d-11ea-8430-675847604b3d.html
Take 5 , Featured artist, New England Mosaic Artists Newsletter, June 2020 Edition.
Voices of Experience: A Reflection on Grief and Mourning – Grief Healing
Grief Chat Radio Interview (video) – KDWA
Krakoff, Sider collaborate on book that can bring comfort to mourners – Detroit Jewish News
‘Never Long Enough’ helps families honor loved ones’ lives – Read the Spirit