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"Art and Artists"
by Dorothy Hall
November 1987
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 91st International Exhibition:
The level of the works on exhibition is the 91st Anniversary Exhibition of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club earlier this month makes it a difficult task to select only a few for mention. Among the watercolors, . . . Meredith d'Ambrosio's fresh "Early Spring" makes us think we never have seen greening before . . .
Nantucket, Mass.
"Friday's storm fails to dampen Kenneth Taylor's annual Artist-Patron event"
August 18, 1980
. . . Meredith d'Ambrosio's "Nesting Area" is the second of her eggshell mosaics to be presented in the gallery this season. Yes, eggshell! From thousands of tiny prepainted pieces of eggshell, she has labored hundreds of hours to piece together this delicate beach dunes scene. The atmosphere is alive, the gulls practically move, and yet above all the motion, a sense of calm pervades. . .
"C.W.Wolfe Art Club"
April 1978

"Traffic Signal #3"
An exhibition of sculpture, painting and graphics by members of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club is being held at the Madison Avenue and 47th Street branch of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. There is a preponderance of excellent paintings in this show, some of which are . . . Meredith d'Ambrosio's "Traffic Signal #3", a mosaic of painted eggshells, is original and quite effective. . .

Onset, Mass.
"Unusual art displayed in Onset"
by Linda Ahlborg (Memorial Press Group Staff)
July 27, 1977
Onset Bay Gallery
. . . Still on view at the gallery are the eggshell mosaics of Newton artist Meredith d'Ambrosio. Hers is a technically exacting art wherein tiny pieces of colored eggshell are painstakingly pieced together to form a whole. The resulting texture provides an interesting contrast to the poignant simplicity of much of her work. Especially effective are the desolate landscapes "Wellfleet", with its muted tones of brown and gray, and the stark but lovely "February Corn". The technique also works well in "Traffic Signal" and "Rue de St. Louis" in which modern signs reminicent of pop art, utility lines and other accoutrements of modernity are set in otherwise tranquil scenes. . . "October" employs rich coloring but in a cleaner design and with more contrast.
Nantucket Isl., Mass.
August 2, 1979
"Saturday Morning"
Artists' Assoc'n of Nantucket
John Arthur, gallery director at Boston University, served as juror at the fourth exhibition of the Artists' Association last Friday. In what is proving to be the most popular show to date, nine honorable mentions were awarded in addition to the first and second prizes. Meredith d'Ambrosio's most unique eggshell mosaic captured top honors. "Saturday Morning", as it is titled, is an intricate inlay of tiny, acryllic pieces of eggshell. The result is a highly textured and detailed study of a still life. The air flows, the fine linen curtain and hanging spider plant move delicately, the lemon is real. Ms. d'Ambrosio worked over 300 hours to complete the piece. . .
The Courier
Onset Bay, Mass.
June 25, 1975
On display at the Onset Gallery throughout the summer will be the work of Meredith d'Ambrosio who creates eggshell mosaics with infinite patience and diligence. She has shown widely and won many awards including the 1975 Jurors' Choice, Cambridge Art Ass'n. She is scheduled to show in Nov. at Bradford College; in December at Brockton Art Museim; and Autumn 1976 in the William Ash Gallery, Cambridge England.
In 1958, she created a mosaic method using eggshells in the true mosaic form. While preparing eggshell mosaics for exhibitions, Ms. d'Ambrosio has been professionally devoted to all phases of calligraphic art, and to private instruction in fundamental drawing, pencil and pen technique, oil, watercolor, sculpture, calligraphy and eggshell mosaic.
Sunday Herald Traveler
Boston, MA
"A Source of Income and a New Art Form"
by Betty Curtis
August 2, 1970
She's an Artist with Eggshells
Most folks throw their eggshells out with the rubbish. But not Newton artist Meredith d'Ambrosio. She saves them and uses them as a lucrative source of income. Talented Meredith, who has braided honey blonde hair and large green eyes, has created an unique art form - eggshell mosaic. And by the time she has finished with the shells, even a hen wouldn't recognize them. Eggshell mosaic is a form of art demanding what most people regard as super human patience. First, Meredith sketches the subject on a masonite board. She then crushes painted eggshells . . . quite a job when you consider some pieces are so small they are almost invisible to the naked eye. She then applies each piece separately onto her own "secret" cement on the sketched board with tweezers. Meredith's eggshell mosaics are exquisite examples of detailed beauty whether the subject is a vase of flowers or a Boston scene. They have a porcelain lustre about them, and it is hard to realize they are actually made up of millions [thousands] of pieces of common eggshell. Recently she sold one for $1600 and has just completed another for which she hopes to get $2900. "It's a good thing I like eggs", laughed the 29 year old artist. "It would be a terrible waste if I didn't . . ." When she's not working on her eggshell mosaic, Meredith is writing illuminated scrolls, for she is an expert calligrapher as well. There was a time, too, when she combined her art with entertainment in jazz lounges in Boston - she's a jazz singer/pianist - but this was too heavy a schedule especially with a lively young daughter to care for. Now she concentrates on her art and sings only as a hobby. "I often come downstairs when I have finished work around midnight and sing and play," she says. "It's wonderful relaxation." Another of her hobbies is gourmet cooking. "That's how I learned to crack eggs so well," she quipped. Meredith's late mother was in show business for many years and her father is a furniture refinisher.
The Art World
Boston University
Radio: WBUR 90.9
for immediate release.
by Edward J. W. Cooper
November 1973
Meredith d'Ambrosio
We can admire the patience and diligence with which Meredith d'Ambrosio puts together the minute pieces of eggshell to create her mosaics. In a lesser artist this might be the only quality presented. Here in this exhibition at Newton College, running from November 4 to 16, we see the eggshell mosaic as the surface quality giving an unique visual vibration to images that are in every sense valid works of art. One of the outstanding features of all Meredih d'Ambrosio's work is space. The spatial relationships between buildings in her street scenes; between the forms of single figures and their surroundings in the interior scenes. In "Anticipation" the recumbent nude figure is a perfect composition of spatial relationship. There is no doubt that Meredith d'Ambrosio is a master of draughtsmanship. Every detail is exquisite yet there is no tightness, and the precision of her work does not overwhelm the whole visual impact. This exhibition is drawn from many experiences in the artist's life, from her home, from rural America, from the circus and from the streets of French Canada. One is aware of an artist who observes every subtlety and is able to make her visual experience the source of her creative work.
Milford Daily News
Bellingham, MA
May 23, 1979
Artist Meredith d'Ambrosio of Newton opened Latin Week at Bellingham High School with a demonstration of her eggshell mosaic technique. She has won 16 international awards for her pictures created by placing tiny bits of eggshell on a board covered with cement. The demonstration was sponsored by the Career Information Center at the school.
Boston Globe
PolyArts' Third N.E. Festival
"Something for every artistic taste"
by Robert Taylor, Globe Staff
. . . The eggshell mosaics of Meredith d'Ambrosio of Newton occupied a space next to the art of prisoners from the Suffolk County House of Correction. She has been using eggshells since 1959. "They are true mosaics. I paint small shells, break them and place them with a tweezer onto cement atop a sketch on a thick board." The artist, therefore, obtains a stylized figurative imagery where she manipulates softer textural effects than she might with tiles.
Sun Chronicle
"Women and Art - A Creative and Timely Exhibit Comes to the Attleboro Museum"
by Cheryl Lechten
July 1974
ATTLEBORO - A personal glimpse into the minds, thoughts and experiences of women, exposed through the visual arts is the dominant theme of the WEB (Women Exhibiting in Boston) Summer Show on display now through July 27 at the Attleboro Museum at Capron Park. Each work depicts a feeling of femaleness, of women's connection with femaleness, of women's connection with the earth, the sea, with the oposite sex and with society's institutions, such as marriage and the family. Each is as diverse and creative as the individual artist who created it, yet each work is related to one another by the overall message it seeks to relay. . . The serene but sometimes turbulent feelings of adolescents are displayed in two mosaics by Meredith d'Ambrosio. "Cyd's Attic", the most popular item among children visiting the exhibit, is done in soft colors of painted bits of eggshell mosaic. The little girl's restful, serene mood is complemented by her neat attic room, filled with children's literature. Her window looks out to the treetops and roofs of nearby homes. Yet across the gallery is another eggshell mosaic done by the same artist. This time a young girl is riding a horse in the moonlight. The horse is galloping and the child's hair is blowing in the night wind.
The Christian Science Monitor
" 'Art for the Young' in many media"
by Susan Drysdale
Cambridge, Mass.
March 23, 1972
Let your child take you by the hand and scamper off to the Cambridge Art Association, 23 Garden St. where "Art for the Young", a happy mixture of paintins, prints, assemblage, and sculpture is likely to give equal pleasure to the adult and small and not so small fry. . . And the general standard of work in this juried show by artist-members of the association is high. For sheer delicacy of color and execution "Circus" by Meredith d'Ambrosio takes the prize. This soft eggshell mosaic by an artist who trained at the Boston Museum School is, despite its seeming fragility, apparently rock hard . . .
The Newton Times
by Katherine Nahum
November 6, 1974
Newton's Meredith d'Ambrosio is exhibiting her eggshell mosaics at the Cleveland Gallery on Newbury St., Boston, until mid-November. d'Ambrosio places fractured, colored eggshells on the picture plane with tweezers. The density with which the eggshells are placed and the degree to which the neutral or dark surface behind the shells can be seen gives the picture, by turns, a sfumato, dreamy atmosphere or the harsh, reality-bound clarity of realism. d'Ambrosio's woman riding a horse at night is notable for its restless energy, emotion and the curious quality of the atmosphere - the night - comining up behind the horse and rider and seeming to swallow them up. The artist exhibits a number of new, smaller works as well; one shows a tree executed in purer color schema and filled with sunlight. A successful show: d'Ambrosio's recent work and technique is surer and finer than ever.
New Bedford Standard Times
July 13, 1977
Nationally known artist Meredith d'Ambrosio points to her eggshell mosaic "February Corn" as a work of her own that she likes best. d'Ambrosio, who specializes in eggshell mosaics, was one of a number of artists represented and present at Saturday's opening of the Onset Bay Art Gallery. The opening was a featured event of the Onset Centennial celebration.
Videotheque de Paris
November 1988
Rencontre Internationale Jazz et Video
Avec le concours de la SACEM, le Festival de Jazz de paris a tenu, cette année, à rassembler des Vidéogrammes de jazz, récemment réalisés un peu partout en Europe; dans l'attente d'un véritable marché professionnel pour ces programmes; ce sera l'occasion de faire le point sur de grandes (néanmoins concises) questions: qui filmer? Comment? Pour qui? Et avec quels moyens?
Randy Weston à Tanger; Gil Evans au Festival de Jazz de Paris 1987; Dizzy Gillespie et Wynton Marsalis à pompéi en 1984; Kirk Lightsey à Pori (Finlande) en 1986; Michael Brecker, Joe Henderson, Illinois Jacquet et Johnny Griffin à Berlin l'année suivante; Herbie Hancock, Red Rodney, Marc Johnson at quelques autres à Molde (Norvege) cet été : voilà pour les longs et moyens métrages . . . A quoi d'ajouteront l'étonnante vidéo de Robert Cahen sur un collage musical de John Zorn; sept solos d'improvisateurs captés par Guy Girard; les répétitions de Gil Evans et Helen Merrill pour leur album "Collaboration" et le délicat portrait de Meredith d'Ambrosio, chanteuse, pianiste . . . et peintre, réalisé par Olivier Leguillon. Le jazz saisi par l'image dans tous ses états...
Sun Chronicle
Attleboro, Mass.
"Attleboro Museum Features WEB Work
by Marjorie A. Dix
ATTLEBORO - . . . For the present exhibit at the Attleboro Museum, Mrs Betty Dunlop has selected 30 exhibitors. These include paintings, both oil and watercolors, etchings, abstracts and impressionistic paintings in acrylic as well as a number of traditional subjects . . . Of special interest in Galleries II and III are two large eggshell mosaics. The one in Gallery II is of a woman reading and the one in Gallery III is a moonlight scene of a woman horseback rider. What makes these mosaics so unusual is that the artist has used crushed eggshells. . . hundreds of tiny pieces are placed on the canvas which has been treated with an adhesive substance, then painted to form the picture which closely resembles, mosaics made of colored tiles. . .
The Call
"Latin Week Featured at Bellingham High"
May 17, 1979
BELLINGHAM - Latin week at Memorial High School was opened with a demonstration of unique eggshell mosaic technique by Meredith d'Ambrosio of Newton, an international artist. The lecture was sponsored by the Career Information Center at the high school. Madelyn Gonnerman, Latin Club advisor, introduced the artist. By the age of six, Meredith d'Ambrosio was immersed in studies of art, dance and piano. In 1958, the young artist was awarded a scholarship to the Boston Museum School. Quite by accident, she discovered eggshells to be the art medium she was seeking. Developing the eggshell mosaic, she decided to commit herself to the new art form. As a multi-talented individual, Miss d'Ambrosio has been able to rely upon singing, calligraphy and teaching to support her mosaic work. She is an accomplished jazz singer, performing for years around Boston. Since 1970, the artist has been exhibiting her eggshell mosaics. She has become affiliated with 11 art associations and has participated in 90 national and international group shows and competitions. Her work has been exhibited in 10 solo shows, including one in England, and her work is on display now in New York. She has received 16 awards for her mosaics, including the Prix de Paris . . .
The Enterprise
Falmouth, Mass.
"333 Gallery In Charming Old House Will Present 40 artists This Summer"
by Peter Koenig
July 1, 1994
. . . Gallery 333 presents a well-balanced combination of work by both local and regional artists as well as other outstanding work by such nationally prominent artists as Andrew Stevovich, David Kupferman, Richard Royce of Boston, Frank Monaco, and Meredith d'Ambrosio of Florida and Cape Cod. She began her association with 333 last season, and this year presents a series of new watercolors of both European and local subjects.
"Leaving The Castle"
Several of her large, carefully viewed, superbly designed and flawlessly executed watercolors picture the region of her husband's ancestral home in Scotland. One of these paintings, the 21 x 29 landscape titled "Leaving The Castle", portrays a rich green scene with a central gray road leading to gateposts and, presumably, the entrance to Borthwick Castle (built in 1430) located south of Edinborough. Large trees thick with green foliage left and right lead to distant fields, and the painting is a superb balance of light and dark, sunlight and shadow, and rich color throughout. . .
The Enterprise
Falmouth, Mass.
"Gallery 333 Continues to Present Outstanding Work in Varied Media" by Peter L. Koenig
August 27, 1993
. . . "It is a special pleasure to introduce the paintings of Meredith d'Ambrosio to Falmouth," says Arlene Hecht, "and this exhibition of her extraordinary and major size watercolors is a special invitational show for Gallery 333.
"Key West Hibiscus"
Meredith is a Renaissance woman with a national and international reputation as a painter and singer. Accompanied by her jazz pianist husband Eddie Higgins, she has performed throughout America and Europe, and most recently at New York's Tavern on the Green and East Bay Lodge in Osterville." Meredith d'Ambrosio studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and has extensively exhibited her watercolors including at WBZ-TV in Boston, the Cambridge Art Association, Newton College, the Jazz Quarry in Oregon, and in New York, Florida, Wyoming, and Oklahoma as well as Paris and London.
"Hemingway's Garden"
Among her many visual awards, she has been recognized at by the Copley Society in Boston as a Master for Life, at the Oklahoma Museum and the Nantucket Art Ass'n, and the Council of American Artists in New York. She is the creator of the eggshell mosaic technique, described in Making Mosaics, by B. Freeman-Lewis, (Drake Publications, N.Y.). Among her large watercolors here, "Hemingway's Garden" presents a colorist tropical vista through its thick greens and balance of light and darks; "Daniels Island" (Cape Cod) shows a row of mail boxes in a bright landscape of color, light, and joy; and the close-up garden view in "Key West Hibiscus" is a strong design with rich shadows.
Nauset Calendar
"This Year's Visit to Gallery 333"
by Anne Harmon
August 1994
. . . Meredith d'Ambrosio's watercolors of Scotland capture and rolling hills to perfection. The artist is also a world traveler, musician and composer. "Leaving The Castle" is a beautiful watercolor of her husband Eddie Higgins's ancestral lands of Borthwick Castle.
Midwest Museum Bulletin
(a publication of the Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, Indiana)
Volume 21
May/June 1998
The Art of Meredith d'Ambrosio
Meredith d'Ambrosio is a multi-talented artist in the visual arts and the jazz world. Her career as a visual artist blossomed in 1959 when she invented a method of using eggshells in a mosaic style. Of late she has concentrated on watercolors of which several examples will be on display during the week of the Elkhart Jazz Festival beginning June 12 through June 28. A frequent performer at the festival, d'Ambrosio's talents as a visual artist will lend an air of excitement to those visiting the museum or listening to the artist singing there, accompanied by pianist, Eddie Higgins. The art of d'Ambrosio depicts pastoral scenes and life from Cape Cod and Florida where the artist resides, as well as from her world travels as a Jazz vocalist. . . [The exhibition was held over until July 6.] One watercolor was acquired for permanent collection by the museum. (ed.)].
Am. Artists' Professional League
January 1998
Meredith d'Ambrosio, MA. had ten of her recent watercolors on exhibit at the Museum of Auvers-sur-Oise in the Manoir des Colombieres from Sept. 26 through Oct. 12, 1997 - the French village of Auvers-sur-Oise where Van Gogh resided, painted and is buried. For two weeks beginning June 21, 1998 twelve of her watercolors will be on exhibit at the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, IN.
Boston Record American
"And you were wondering what to do with those eggshells . . ."
by Sally Nimaroff
October 10, 1974
It isn't often that someone will come up with a creative use for eggshells, but Meredith d'Ambrosio of Newton, Mass. has discovered one that is both useful and beautiful - mosaics. Looking at her creation, one would think that only someone of super-human patience would succeed in this art. Meredith, however, considers this more of a relaxation for her. "I don't think it's tedious because it's my baby. It's interesting, and you can't get bored with something you like." The origin for this art came to her in a rather unusual way. She had been looking for a mosaic medium but didn't want stones or tiles because it was too common. While doing the dishes one night, some eggshells dropped into her porcelain sink and sounded just like glass. "A lightbulb seemed to appear. Just like in the cartoons." She knew that eggshells would be a lasting substance and after experimenting with various cements and techniques, she came up with her "secret cement" as she refers to it, and developed a method of placing the shells wherever she wanted. The amazing part of her work comes from the fact that she creates real scenes with detailed shapes, not just abstract art. This seemed almost impossible to believe until she said that each shell is put in with a tweezer. Much of her work comes from places she has seen and sketched on a pad. "Sometimes I'll see a scene in my mind that I have to put down. If I can't find it in the outside world as a model, I'll just take it from the image in my head." The sketches are then transferred onto wood. Much of her work includes details such as wires and letters, which appear as straight as if she used a brush to paint them. After removing the membrane from the shells, she paints them in various colors. Meredith can picture each color and duplicate it on her palette. She judges the amount of shells per color by spreading the shells on the sketch before cementing. Each color often has many shades within one specific area. Surprisingly enough, a lack of eggshells is never a problem. Between friends, local grocers, and her own consumption of eggs, Meredith manages to always have a lot on hand. One egg is equal to approximately three inches on the drawing. Each shell piece is usually about 1/4 inch in size, with the more detailed designs requiring an even smaller dimension. Although she has been working on the mosaics since 1959, her enthusiasm is still growing. She works 12 to 15 hours every day. The amount of time needed for each scene depends on the size of the wood but also on her excitement about it. One large one took only two weeks to complete. "I was so excited about it that I couldn't wait to finish. The ones from my mind alone get done faster." Meredith's artistic talent is not limited to mosaics alone. She studied at the Boston Museum School. She also studied the Zanerian Method of Calligraphic Art and has work designing letters for advertising, engrossed illuminated scrolls, and given private instruction in fundamental drawing, calligraphy, oil, watercolor, and other phases of art. Her talent also extends beyond that of art: she plays the piano and sings. At the moment, Meredith has over 30 pieces of work in her house, ready to be delivered to the Cleveland Gallery on Newbury St. in Boston for an exhibition which will run from Oct. 19 till Nov. 19. Her goal is to have her work in permanent collections in museums or private homes world over. This, however, runs second to the dedication for her work. "When I first started, people's reactions were convincing enogh for me to continue. Now if it brings joy to them, I'm happy."
By Laura Doherty

Meredith d'Ambrosio:
Landscapes of the North Countries

November 15, 2015 - February 14, 2016

Meredith d'Ambrosio, Duxbury , Massachusetts, Round Pond Bog, Oil on Canvas, 2014

Local artist Meredith d'Ambrosio's "Landscapes of the North Countries" which will be on view at the Art Complex Museum from November 15 through February 14, offer a wonderful sense of color and place. It has been said that her works affect the viewer with their startling power and beauty.

Through a life which reads like an Edith Wharton novel, the multi-talented d'Ambrosio remained focused on studying visual arts which had become for her a safe harbor. While still an art student, she began singing and playing piano at Boston jazz clubs. She recorded her first album in 1978 and, since then, has recorded a total of seventeen albums accompanied by world renowned jazz musicians. At the same time, she continued painting.

Meredith d'Ambrosio is a renaissance woman who has won international critical acclaim and successfully combined careers in the visual and musical arts. She continues to delight those who have come to expect a high degree of proficiency in her artistic offerings. Her works grace the covers of cds, magazines and books. She has shown herself to be, if not an iconoclast, then at least someone who is comfortable enough with her own sense of self to challenge the mainstream concept of popularity without sacrificing her considerable talent. As she continues to touch the world with her impressionistic brush strokes, one can be sure that her creativity will bring enjoyment to those discerning enough to appreciate a talent which successfully combines artistry and rhythm.

In 1981 Boston's prestigious Copley Society awarded Meredith a Copley Master for Life. A video documentary produced in Collias, France entitled "Meredith d'Ambrosio" portrays her as a musician,  composer, oil painter, watercolorist, and eggshell mosaicist. It was released internationally in 1988.

Selected Gallery Affiliations and Associations include: American Artists Professional League, NYC: Copley Society, Boston, MA; Mickelson Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Artists Association of Nantucket; Munson Gallery, Cape Cod, MA; Schoolhouse Gallery, Sanibel Island; C.L.Wolfe Art Club, NYC. Selected awards include: First Prize, (Copley Society 1973); Council of American Artists Societies Award, First Prize 1974; Prix de Paris (Ligoa-Duncan Gallery, Paris, France 1975).

An opening reception is scheduled for November 15, from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. A gallery talk by d'Ambrosio about her work will be held on November 19 beginning with coffee at 10:30 a.m. folowed by her talk at 11:00 a.m.
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