Mosaics have always thrilled me. The way in which tiny multi-colored objects like glass, porcelain and other materials come together to form unison and detail as art is fascinating. I could spend hours staring a mosaic down, taking in piece by piece of its content. Needless to say, I'm more than a little excited about Ciel Gallery's exhibit Contemporary Mosaic Art. It features works of varying styles (from landscapes to portraits — and some funky ones like the pictured "Morning After," by Gila Rayberg) by artists from across the U.S. and beyond. Two receptions — Sept. 3 and Oct. 1, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — are scheduled at the gallery. Exhibit continues through Oct. 15. Free admission. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Open until 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Ciel Gallery and Mosaic Studio, 1519 Camden Road. 704-577-1254. www.cielcharlotte.com.