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Society of American Mosaic Artists Create Art Mural for PeopleFund


More than a hundred members of the Society of American Mosaic Artists’ (SAMA) volunteered their time and talent on February 16th & 17th at the Hyatt Regency Austin to create a mosaic work of art for PeopleFund of Austin.

Austin, TX, March 5, 2011 The PeopleFund of Austin, Texas was this year’s recipient of a large scale mosaic mural that was created by volunteer SAMA artists during the Society’s annual American Mosaic Summit.  This year’s Summit, held February 16-21 in Austin resulted in a beautiful work of art that was donated to this worthy local Austin non-profit organization to adorn the exterior of their new facility.  The Marathon took place at the Hyatt Regency Austin on Wednesday and Thursday, February 16th & 17th.

SAMA member Suzan Germond was the Lead Artist for the event.  Suzan is an Austin area resident and well known national mosaic artist who has written her own book titled “Found Art Mosaics”.  She operates a mosaic studio in Lakeway, Texas, offering classes, fine art, and commission work.  Suzan created the design for the mosaic mural based upon her stunning interpretation of PeopleFund’s logo.  Materials for the mural were donated by LATICRETE, and Perdomo Smalti Mosaicos Bizantinos.

About PeopleFund:  PeopleFund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Austin, Texas. Founded in 1994 as Austin Community Development Corporation, they provide loans, financial and technical assistance to people who are left out of the financial mainstream.  Since inception, their loans and financial consulting have helped put thousands of Texans on the path to financial security and independence.  More information about PeopleFund can be found at

About SAMA:  SAMA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, and promoting excellence in mosaic arts. SAMA was founded in 1999 by a small group of mosaic artists who wanted a venue through which they could share their knowledge, expertise, and interest in mosaic art – this most ancient of art forms that is experiencing a significant contemporary revival.  Current membership includes more than 1,200 American and international members.  More information about SAMA can be found at

For more information contact:

Gwyn Kaitis

Society of American Mosaic Artists


[email protected]

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