Gradiva (Latin, "The woman who walks") is a neo-Attic Roman bas-relief in the manner of Greek works of the fourth century BCE, depicting a robed woman who lifts the hems of her skirts to stride forward. The relief is in the Vatican Museums.
Kim resides in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband and business partner Bill. She has been a member of Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) since 2011 and was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2017. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management & Business, with a concentration in Marketing and Art from Barat College; she is certified jointly in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Art by Northwestern University, and the American Society of Appraisers; she has been working full-time for over 30 years as a customer service professional, the last 23 as a business owner of an antique boutique and retail establishment. As such, Kim has extensive experience and talent for identifying people’s needs and presenting appropriate product and services.
Personally she gets pleasure from a lifelong love and study of Fine Decorative Arts, Antiques, and Theatre as she is currently working as an usher at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire IL. She enjoys worldwide travel, walking, hiking and bicycling.
Her fascination and involvement with mosaics began when she took a New Trier East high school trip to Pompeii and Venice, and a goal of hers has long been to be supportive and work to enhance this ancient art form from the bottom up. Her desire to serve the mosaic community has grown over the years, and as a SAMA board member she feels this is the perfect avenue to help build public interest and knowledge in the mosaic art form. Kim specializes in custom, fine and decorative art, bas-relief and sculptural mosaics which are marketed under the Garden Dwellings’ name. Each piece is one of a kind, as it is in nature.
Specializing in: Custom, Mixed Media, & Sculptural Mosaics Inspired By: The preservation and needs of flora and fauna, roadside attractions, landmarks, tourism, and the modes of travel along Historic Route 66; during its nearly 60 years (1926-1985) of existence.
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