WEV Women Still Working on Public Mosaic Project

Artist Betsy Gallery and mosaic project manager Robin Elander are working together on the public artwork.

Two Women’s Economic Ventures class graduates are continuing to work on a 50 foot-long mosaic, called the “Santa Barbara Timeline Mosaic,” depicting 150 years of the city’s history.

The community will be able to view 150 million years of key local events on the mosaic and help put it together. A location for the artwork hasn’t been chosen, yet. Since it started last year, the project has been somewhat dormant in the wake of recent local disasters.

The two women leading the project  are Summer Solstice Celebration Executive Director Robin Elander, who graduated from WEV’s Smart Entrepreneurial Training  course, and mosaic artist Betsy Gallery took a similar WEV course decades ago.

Elander and Gallery credit WEV for inspiring them to pursue their dreams and leave traditional jobs.

“I actually quit my day job with the county early to become a mosaic artist and I therefore needed to actually make a living at it,” Gallery said. “I couldn’t dabble as an amateur. It had to be a business. So,WEV gave me a lot of encouragement.”

“(The WEV course) allowed me to really just think my business through and have the confidence to be able to talk about it,” Elander said. “I ultimately did quit my full-time job as well and dive right into my consulting business. It allows me to really live the life of my dreams.”

For more information on the Santa Barbara Timeline Mosaic, visit http://elizabethgallery.com. For more about WEV, visit www.wevonline.org.

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