Musings on mosaics, art and life by Katrina Doran of Doran Studio.

Stars overhead. Portals for beauty.

There is a place in Ravenna, Italy where mosaic stars twinkle overhead the tomb of Empress Galla Placidia. Central to her field of stars is a cross designed to impress us with the Christian notion of immortality and ever-lasting life.

This weekend at the studio:

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I died for beauty, but was scarce

Adjusted in the tomb,

When one who died for truth was lain

In an adjoining room.

He questioned softly why I failed?

"For Beauty," I replied.

"And I - for Truth, - the two are one;

We brethren are," he said.

And so, as kinsmen met a night,

We talked between the rooms,

Until the moss had reached our lips,

And covered up our names.

               Emily Dickenson 

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We began installing the stars of Ravenna Side Tour project.  Back in the month of February we hosted two art events where folks joined us in an art experience and made several stars for the front of the studio.  Now we have a bit of cooler weather in which to install them.  May they be portals for beauty.

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