Girl Scouts donate stained-glass mosaic to YWCA Family Village Issaquah

July 15, 2014

By Staff

The members of Girl Scouts of Western Washington Troop 50614 demonstrated their commitment to making the community a better place with a piece of permanent artwork donated to the YWCA Family Village Issaquah.

The troop worked with residents of Family Village Issaquah to create a mosaic out of recycled stained glass as part of their Girl Scout Silver Award project. Entitled “The Four Seasons Tree of Life,” the 10-by-4-foot artwork was designed by Sammamish mosaic artist Cheryl Smith.

‘The Four Seasons Tree of Life’ mosaic was donated to  YWCA Family Village Issaquah by Sammamish artist Cheryl Smith.

‘The Four Seasons Tree of Life’ mosaic was donated to YWCA Family Village Issaquah by Sammamish artist Cheryl Smith.

Smith specializes in leading groups of volunteers in the creation of large-scale mosaic installations. She trained members of the Girl Scout troop in the art of mosaic, and the girls then worked side by side with residents, teaching them how to safely handle the glass and place the pieces on the design.

More than 200 residents joined the artistic effort, including kids and adults of all ages.

“The inter-generational and cross-cultural interactions as the Scouts and residents worked together were precious,” Smith said. “You could feel the enthusiasm of the residents throughout the day as they created the mosaic.

“That’s why I love what I do — bringing people together, in community, to create a lasting piece of art they can take pride in.”

Contributed Girl Scout Maya Rajavel and Christa Burgess, resident of YWCA Family Village Issaquah, work on ‘The Four Seasons Tree of Life’.

Contributed
Girl Scout Maya Rajavel and Christa Burgess, resident of YWCA Family Village Issaquah, work on ‘The Four Seasons Tree of Life’.

“The Four Seasons Tree of Life” is a permanent piece of outdoor art hanging on the patio wall near the playground at the YWCA Family Village in the Issaquah Highlands. The work, as well as other designs by Smith, can be seen at cherylsmithmosaics.com.

Thanks to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington Troop 50614: Abbie Stamper, Amanda Delgado, Carolina Delgado, Chase Dalzell, India Andrews-Shank, Isha Kshirsagar, Lane McIntyre, Mahathi Allepally, Matisse McCoy, Maya Rajavel and Sahana Sundar.

 

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