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Jim Sturzenberger is an Augusta Maine native who was recognized as an artist at an early age. His mother Dianne studied art history & was known for her stain glass & pottery work in the 1970s. Though art was a natural interest, classes were not always available.
In 2005, after taking Computer Aided Design courses (CAD) at SMCC, & a Drawing One elective at Maine College of Art through the Greater Portland Alliance, Jim became interested in collective art as an expression of consumer recycling. He observed friends making bottle cap tables & decided to make one himself, collecting caps from gatherings across greater Portland.
In 2009 the Rack BBQ commissioned Jim's first wall hanging. Jim connected with Geary's brewing Company to donate 10,000 bottle caps for the project, titled "defending the gold" in tribute to Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott who put the last gold cap in the mosaic before winning another gold medal February 2010.
April 2010 Jim starts mosaic portraits. Friends start saving caps, & work is slowly transitioned to 100% recycled caps.
Fall 2011 Hawkeye Hospitality Group of Boston makes a pledge to save caps for future commissions. First mosaic is installed in Five Horses Tavern at Davis Square Somerville MA.
April 2012 Jim has his first & only art show at Nosh in Portland during the Portland Art Walk.
2013 Hawkeye Hospitality Group opens another restaurant at 535 Columbus Ave Boston called Five Horses South. Commissions 7 mosaics. Rack BBQ starts collecting caps.
2015 Hawkeye Hospitality opens Worden Hall in South Boston. Purchases a Marylin Monroe portrait before construction.
2016 Maine Huts & trails starts saving caps for Jim's art. Sugarloaf Food & Beverage purchases a 5 ft by 5 ft sugarloaf logo for the widowmaker lounge.
2017 Hawkeye Hospitality purchases Jim's first sugarloaf mountain mosaic, a partnership with Jamie Walter Photography.