When Margie Ellis was in 3rd grade, she had a teacher that asked each of her students what they wanted to be when they grew up. Margie distinctly recalls telling her classmates that she was going to be an artist. Well, it took her many years to get where she is today, but most assuredly, this 1980 graduate of Lincoln Southeast High School is an artist...and a very talented one at that.
Many of Margie mosaics involve her beloved Green Giant vegetables and her passion for traveling, "I came to understand new places through the objects of those places, particularly found objects so I'm walking down the street and I find a piece of wire or a cool rock or whatever it might be and I just put it in my pocket and hang onto it."
Margie divides her time between Boston and New York but she always enjoys coming back to her hometown. The Nebraska State Capitol building has always held a special place in Margie's heart because it is where she received a great deal of her initial mosaic inspiration, "As a school student we took tours to the State Capitol and I was just enthralled by the mosaics, particularly in the rotunda ceiling and the WPA style mosaics in the wall and just the art, the beautiful art of the State Capitol."
Joanne Kaylor is the co-coordinator with the Pleasant View Art Gallery is impressed with Margie's mosaics, "I mean she is in it from beginning to end finding all the objects that she cuts into the mosaic pieces, caring enough about the history. And they're just whimsical and interesting."
Margie says, "Hopefully people will come to humor of advertising art in this country and in particular share my love my love of the Giant, ho, ho, ho...Green Giant."
If you'd like to check out some of Margie's mosaic for yourself, they'll be on display at the Pleasant View Art Gallery in Lincoln's Historic Haymarket throughout the month of August.
The Pleasant View Art Gallery is located at 816 P Street and they are open Wednesday through Saturday. For hours of business call (402)560-9973.