Sharra’s love for creating mosaics began in 2000 when she was a college art student. She was given an assignment to create a mosaic still-life with scraps of painted paper. The process sparked a passion in Sharra that she was unaware of. She instantly became obsessed with the process. After a few phone calls to local suppliers, she found herself in a commercial tile shop, taking away a car load of free tile. It all took off from there. By 2004, she was teaching mosaics, exhibiting them in juried shows and selling many to private collections. Her passion for creating these pieces shines through in each and every one of her residencies.
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Sharra Frank has been collected by Gerad Cafesjian of the Gerard Cafesjian Museum of Art in Armenia and has been featured in the Mosaic Arts International juried exhibition and SOFA NY. Sharra has led and created multiple public art instillations in the Twin Cities, locations including the Neighborhood House, the Stepping Stone Theatre for Youth Development, the Goodwill Easterseals, Minneapolis and St. Paul Children’s Hospitals, Eastside Food Co-op in Northeast Minneapolis, and many more.
When working in classrooms, I guide students through the history of mosaic art and then introduce what is being done in mosaic today, including unexpected surfaces such as mosaic cars, buildings and bathtubs. Students are able to create a treasured mosaic using personal found objects (collected in advance) that carry a history of their own. Pebbles, buttons, shells and broken plates all come together to create a personal story. I am also available for large scale installations and collaborations with students.