DIAMOND — Josie Mai, executive director of the Spiva Center for Arts, Joplin, was Saturday's guest speaker during the Art in the Park.

DIAMOND — Josie Mai, executive director of the Spiva Center for Arts, Joplin, was Saturday's guest speaker during the Art in the Park.
"I am  showing an original example of the kind of artwork that I do - in fact I just finished this piece (near her) (Friday) and talk about the process of what motivates me do what I do, how I find the material, how I use the material," she said. "It is very accessible, all ages can do the kind of technique that I am doing. "
She showed the audience collage, which is French for "to glue."
"That is all that it is," she said. "These are made with National Geographic magazines exclusively. I have inherited or people have given me a whole collections so I have plenty of material. Then I just tear actually individual pieces and put them in piles of color. So I get everything ready at first, then I will draw very loosely a design that I want to do, then start glueing. These large pieces take anywhere from 15-20 hours to finish, so it is like a puzzle."
She has enjoyed art all of her life.
"This particular (art) about three years," she said. "But I have been an artist all of my life and I realized when I was a kid, the collage glueing stuff down was a thing that I liked to do the most, more than painting, more than clay, so when I started doing this again as an adult, I said, 'I remember what this feels like.' That is really fun."
Collage is not a new type of art, in fact, the famous artist Picasso started it back in 1910.
"He took a piece of the paris newspaper and stuck it on his painting. And really World War I and World War II, artists started doing just collage, most of the time they have been calling it mixed media, because they will use collage and other things," she said. "But you are right, there are not very many people - or at least known artists that just collage."
After her speech, she held a workshop.
"I love it (collage)," she added.