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Ariel Finelt Shoemaker is a professional mosaic artist and arts' educator. She has a keen passion for color, texture and innovation in this ancient art form. While creating custom mosaic works for private clients and vendors, she also donates pieces of her work to fund-raising events, participates as a featured artist in gallery shows and in group shows such as Newton Open Studios, The Wellesley Marketplace, and The DeCordova Museum's annual Art in the Park event, and teaches mosaic art throughout New England.

Bringing a passion for mosaic art to classroom, gallery and out-of-school settings, Ariel has enthusiastically taught mosaic art classes throughout Boston, Watertown, Cambridge, and in Waltham at her private studio since March 2002. Since then, Ariel has taught mosaic art to students of all ages and abilities at a variety of organizations, galleries, schools, and community education facilities. Such places include the Out of the Blue Art Gallery, Cambridge, MA, the Devotion School, Brookline, MA, Spark Crafts Studio, Somerville, MA, the Munroe Center for the Arts, Lexington, MA, the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, and the Watertown Adult Education Center, Watertown, MA. She also taught as an artist-in-residence at the Sidwell Friends Academy's Da Vinci Days Young Artists Summer Institute in Washington, DC and at the Fletcher Farm School for Arts and Crafts in Ludlow, Vermont during the summer of 2004.

Ariel's volunteer experience includes teaching mosaics to at-risk youth through a non-profit organization called Citizen Schools in Boston, MA as well as teaching mosaics to members of Outside the Lines, an art cooperative for mentally and physically disabled adults in Cambridge, MA.

Inspired by her students and the vast array of creative people in her life, she hopes to continue cultivating motivational environments where members of communities and schools can find healing, confidence and inspiration through the arts.

Ariel holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emerson College, Boston, MA with a concentration in Writing, Literature and Publishing. In June of 2004, she completed her Masters of Education, with a concentration in the Arts in Education, from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA. She currently lives with her husband and works in her home-studio on the Charles River in Waltham, MA.

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Sheila Selby’s blog: Mosaic Madness.