Artist Mary Tantillo
Artist Ceire Parker
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Mary Tantillo was born and raised on Long Beach Island. Wildly creative from birth, she has always been inspired by the soul-touching surf. After earning a BA at the University of Miami and an MA at the University of Georgia, she became seriously intrigued with glass while living on the Left Coast, in Santa Cruz, where she trained at Kiss My Glass. She returned to New Jersey in 2001 to launch SwellColors. In 2005, she organized the First Annual Artists’ Open Studio Tour on Long Beach Island (www.lbiartists.com). This tour is an extension of Mary’s commitment to expanding our cultural community.
In addition to designing custom stained glass and mosaics, Mary has created her own line of jewelry called Beach Baby Beads. Her beads are infused with sand from favorite beaches and can be found in fine galleries and retail shops in the Caribbean and in Costa Rica as well as throughout the U.S. In May of 2006, she opened SwellColors Glass Studio & Local Art Gallery, which features artwork, a working studio, and classes for children and adults. In 2016 Mary expanded her offerings by opening SwellColors North located in Historic Viking Village in Barnegat Light, NJ. This studio is a comprehensive metal smithing studio featuring custom designs fabricated on premises.
In the past eleven years, Mary has completed hundreds of commissioned pieces for private residences in stained glass, mosaics, and fused glass. Mary’s stained glass artwork is currently found at m.t.Burton Gallery, in Surf City, NJ, The NJ Surfing Museum at the Tuckerton Seaport, the Noyes Museum Gift Shop, and Aragorn’s Studio, in Tortola, BVI. In August 2010, Mary completed the “100 Waves of Summer“ series. This four years in-the-making project features an original, limited edition, wave design representing each day of summer. Since then Mary completed follow up collections, Winter Sol, Primavera, and Harvest to represent every day of the year in a surf or nature inspired panel. These waves represent Mary’s personal appreciation for the energy, the cycles, and the currents that move her soul and paths in life.
Multidisciplinary artist Ceire Parker is very inspired by the wild diversity of life that calls Long Beach Island home- the birds in the air, the bees, the wildflowers and trees. She has spent the last year creating art that celebrates the most humble of beings that have been true LBI locals for generations. Monarch, Bellis perennis- Daisy, and Beach Rose are examples of elements from her “Locals” series. These pieces explore what it really means to be from somewhere, to call a place home, to feel at peace there, to grow there. Each necklace from this series is entirely hand-fabricated from solid sterling silver with semi-precious stones to accent the bezel set sea glass.
Inspired by the soulful harmony of our natural environment. We are artists, designers, and students of the world around us.
SwellColors Glass Studio & Gallery
1715 Long Beach Blvd.
Surf City, NJ 08008