Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital Hosts Reception Featuring Mosaics


The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital hosted a reception at the hospital recently, featuring an exhibit of the New England Mosaic Society (NEMS) that is currently displayed in the main hallway of Emerson Hospital.  Mosaic is the art of creating images or designs constructed with small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. The exhibit runs until July 16 at Emerson Hospital.

At the reception, guests enjoyed lectures by mosaic artists Cheryl Cohen, Betsy Rodman, and Pam Stratton who discussed how their contemporary pieces follow (and sometimes break) the rules used by ancient mosaic artists.  The artists pointed out how the revival of mosaics as a modern art form includes materials such as buttons, pebbles, and pieces of ceramic plates, which allow artists to push the envelope of what is possible. 

The exhibit at Emerson is titled Contemporary Mosaics – Modern Interpretation of an Ancient Art, and features pieces ranging from an exquisite mosaic of the architecture and canals of Venice to a mosaic that beautifully captures a wooded setting of birch trees.  Barbara Morse of Concord, Auxilian and Curator of the Main Street Gallery, reflected on the exhibit saying, “It is amazing how each artist has taken elements of traditional and ancient mosaic techniques, and reinterpreted those elements into contemporary designs.  Each mosaic tells a story, both about the artist and the mosaic history.”

The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital presents the Main Street Gallery which features rotating exhibits by local artists and photographers throughout the year. Each image is for sale with proceeds supporting Emerson’s programs and services.  The Gallery is open to the public for viewing at any time. If you are interested in purchasing one of the pieces, please visit the Community Services office at Emerson Hospital, located across the hall from the Gallery, or email

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The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital supports Emerson through increased community awareness, health-related education, and fundraising initiatives. Over the past decade, the Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts have raised more than $3 million for hospital equipment, facilities, and services. For more information about the Auxiliary, email, or visit

Emerson Hospital is a multi-site health system headquartered in Concord, Mass., with additional facilities in Sudbury, Groton and Westford. The 179-bed hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 individuals in 25 towns. To learn more, visit