Mimi Sammis: Master of Artistic Vision
"The creative energy that Mimi Sammis finds in the process of bronze casting is reflected in her exuberant yet graceful figurative sculptures. Whether they are dancing with abandon or reaching for the heavens, Sammis's human forms express a freedom of movement that becomes a metaphor for the artist's spiritual convictions."
-Nancy Whipple Grinnell, Curator
-Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI
Bronze sculptures and paintings by Mimi Sammis, host of the PBS-TV series Love to Paint with Mimi. Her works are represented in more than 300 public and private collections world wide. The sculptures range in size from 1-22 feet and incorporate fountains and moveable figures. Mexico. Sammis supports the global work for peace with her artwork entitled One Thousand Years of Peace, an exhibition of 30 bronze sculptures. This body of work was exhibited at the United Nations in 2001. It was previously shown at the United Nations in 1999 and following that at The Hague, Netherlands, in conjunction with The Hague Appeal for Peace Conference. Ms. Sammis has received a commission from the Archbishop of Canterbury for Lambeth Palace, England to honor Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee, June 2002.
Ms. Sammis is currently working on a seven foot angel, a private commission.
"These pieces are about love of self, love of others, love of God. Any interaction of love between human beings touches me, and I am moved to create."
- Anne Mimi Sammis
"I feel strongly that love is the healer of everything. When people come into contact with art, if love and joy are represented, the response and interaction with it can raise the consciousness of the world."
- Anne Mimi Sammis
Mimi Sammis believes that art depicting love and joy has a positive effect on its viewers, and her work is full of joy, creativity and the appreciation of nature. Her artwork brings peace to those who view it, and this brings Mimi closer to accomplishing her goal of inspiring peace in the world.
Mimi Sammis began painting landscapes in watercolor. Eventually she discovered joy in creating bronze sculptures. Her sculpture pieces range in size from one to twenty-two feet and are exhibited throughout the world. Some of her exhibitions include the United Nations, The Hague, the Arles Museum and the American Embassy in Paris. She has work in many private residences around the world. At her own home, Mimi has a touching, larger-than-life size sculpture of her five grandchildren that inspires you to love these children—even if you don’t know them.
In the words of Dr. Robert Muller, Chancellor of the United Nations’ University of Peace: “Mimi Sammis’s work celebrates the miracle of life and the great age-old concepts of love, peace, forgiveness, hope and vision which helps humanity on its mysterious journey in the universe.”
Mimi Sammis began working with PBS in 2005 when she aired her first series of fine art appreciation shows. She knows the benefit of the creative process and embraces the opportunity to again share her joy in creating art in her newest 13 episode series, Love to Paint with Mimi. Her enthusiasm for art and her informal, wise and witty style has earned her the title, the “Julia Child of Painting.”