The Oceanside Museum of Art became the first art museum in the world to exhibit a collection of American made Commessi


Images from the exhibition and talk

Commesso: Made in America "Gemstone Fine Art" is the first exhibition of the American made fine art of creating commesso di piete dure e tenere held in an art museum. The exhibition ran from March 2 - May 1, 2009. It was held in the museum's Parker Gallery and featured a presentation by Dennis Paul Batt on April 25, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

"The intricate pictures featured in this exhibition were created from a variety of hard and semi-precious stones chosen for their unique pictorial possibilities. Commesso involves the fitting of stones side by side to create a design as opposed to intarsia which refers to the inlay of material into a base. Since grout is not used in the commesso process, countless hours of intense concentration and skill are required to shape and fit the pieces together. The Oceanside Museum of Art is proud to be the first museum to exhibit the American version of this Italian art form." - Teri Sowell Phd. Curator: OMA

First ever comprehensive exhibition of American Masters of Stone is featured in a new 3D interactive Virtual World

Our first ever museum quality comprehensive exhibition took place in 3D virtual reality on a site called Second Life (SL). (See article listed below.) The interest garnered by this exhibition created a second larger exhibit in a permanent space in virtual reality. To go to see this new exhibit you must log onto Second Life and travel to the 13th floor of the Crossworlds Gallery. There are almost 100 selected pieces from our database featured. This exhibit specifically showcases the commesso di pietre dure e tenere "gemstone paintings."

Web Changes

This is where we announce the most recent additions to our web site. If you've visited us before and want to know what's changed, take a look here first.

Just installed our first video presentation "Lost Art".

Check out our recently created Links tab for access to some great sites.

We have just added four more How-to articles, one by Charles Smart, one by June Culp Zeitner (about Al & Myrl Cook), one by Leonard Perkins, and another by Dr. Charles Irvin.

Several new artists have have their images and biographies regularly loaded onto the site. As we continue to find time, we will add more artists and new artwork from those still working, and videos from lectures, and other video presentations.

Our ultimate intent is to include a catalog of all those artists that have been identified in North America.

Media Coverage of American Masters of Stone

Masters of Stone - Tracking Down Intarsia's Unknown Artists, Rock & Gem, March 2001 issue
Discovering a Lost Art Form (Part 1), Rock & Gem, March 2001 issue (see How-to)
Discovering a Lost Art Form (Part 2), Rock & Gem, April 2001 issue
(see How-to)
Ignored American Art in SL, CNN Beta ireport, February 2008
CFMS HISTORY Intarsia: Did You Know, C.F.M.S. Newsletter, March 2009 issue
Fine American Art Makes History, CNN Beta ireport, March 2009
American Commesso, Rock & Gem, April 2009 issue