Lawrence artist’s symbolic, coffee-inspired mosaics to adorn walls of The Roost

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New, colorful artwork will brighten the walls at The Roost when it reopens Monday morning.

Lawrence glass artist Eden Detrixhe’s coffee-inspired series of mosaics, “Barista Magic,” will make their debut at the breakfast spot, 920 Massachusetts St., which closed for a week for deep cleaning and kitchen repairs.


Amid the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Detrixhe missed meeting friends for coffee and “the luxury of barista-made lattes,” according to a news release about the exhibit. She created more than two dozen pieces as an ode to coffee and its makers.

“That was a lot of casting, cutting, grinding, and chipping away at glass with coffee on my mind. I didn’t even realize at first that coffee had become my symbol for what I missed and what I looked forward to returning to normalcy,” Detrixhe said in the release.

“I had naively hoped that if I were to have a coffee date again, my kids must be safely back in school buildings, businesses must be hopping, and the pandemic must be behind us,” she said. “While I can have a coffee date with a vaccinated friend again, we certainly are not through with the pandemic.”

Contributed Eden Detrixhe’s artwork hangs on the walls at The Roost, Aug. 8, 2021.

Detrixhe created the pieces — with titles such as “Wild Latte, “Hummingbird Tea Party” and “Unfurl” — with glass she cast or fused in her own small kiln, art glass and ceramic shards, according to the release. “Unfurl” includes cast glass butterflies and fragments of crockery found on a Clinton Lake shore.

The mosaics range in size from 5 inches-by-3 inches up to nearly 2 feet-by-1 foot, and they’re all for sale with prices from $10 to $450. They’ll be on display through Sept. 17.

Detrixhe started “breaking glass” at Sunfire Ceramics and in classes at the Lawrence Arts Center, and she has been working out of her own studio since 2016, according to the release. She organized a political art exhibit at the Percolator in 2018. Her last exhibit was scheduled for March 2020 at Essential Goods, but it was canceled because of the pandemic.

The Roost’s hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day, according to its website.

Contributed “Coffee Concerto,” by Eden Detrixhe, hangs on the wall at The Roost in Lawrence, Aug. 8, 2021.
Eden Detrixhe / Contributed Photo A close-up of Eden Detrixhe’s piece, “Unfurl,” which is part of her “Barista Magic” series
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