Dozens of international mosaic artists are showing their work at an exhibit hosted by Southern Oregon University.

From traditional to cutting edge, dozens of mosaics will be on display during a free art exhibit at Southern Oregon University .

The Mosaic Invitational Exhibition runs from Monday, Sept. 21, through Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Thorndike and Retzlaff Galleries in SOU's Oregon Center for the Visual Arts building. The building is next to the Schneider Museum of Art, uphill from the intersection of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street.

Art lovers can view the mosaics at any time during the exhibit's run, or visit SOU from 5 to 8 p.m. during Ashland's First Friday Art Walk on Oct. 2. The Schneider Museum of Art and the nearby Marion Ady Building will have new exhibits, and student artists will have their campus studio spaces open during the art walk.

Ashland mosaic artist Susan Springer, who has been coordinating the art exhibit, said the show features over 60 pieces by more than 40 artists from around the world.

"This is going to be an extraordinary show, and an opportunity for everyone to see the work, and perhaps purchase a piece for their home," Springer said.

In the piece "Winter Hare" by Rebecca Campbell, the artist has used a time-honored technique of breaking apart crockery into shards, then reassembling the pieces into a mosaic. Campbell has broken new ground by making her rabbit wall art sculpture more than 3 feet tall.

She saved broken pieces with teapot images to use for the rabbit's paws, and lines of sparkling crystals represent its whiskers.

Strategically placed plate shards with yellow and red flowers mark out the cheeks and lips of a woman in the mosaic "Barcelona Dreamer" by Gila Rayberg.

David van der Zwan pressed ferns into a table top to make organic shapes, then added in vibrant mosaic pieces to complete his functional furniture art.

Many of the mosaics are highly textured, with mosaic pieces at varying heights. Found objects, from fossils to tools to corrugated cardboard, are sprinkled throughout the show.

Artist Susan Wechsler went a completely three-dimensional route with a taxidermy-style deer head made of mosaic. Titled "Deer Totem," the artwork's ingredients range from broken crockery to fake pearls and costume jewelry.

The exhibition is running in conjunction with Ashland's second annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit at SOU and Belle Fiore Winery from Thursday, Oct. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 4.

The summit promises workshops and events for beginners to veteran mosaic artists.

The cost, $180 per participant, includes several meals on campus and at the winery. Artists can also enter their mosaic pieces for potential sale in a silent auction at Belle Fiore Winery.

The public is invited to visit Belle Fiore Winery to see mosaics and enter bids in a silent auction from noon to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at 100 Belle Fiore Lane off Dead Indian Memorial Road outside Ashland.

For more information about the mosaic summit and to register, visit www.contemporarymosaicartsummit.com.

Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-776-4486 or valdous@mailtribune.com. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.