Link to my 3rd Ward Art Festival WISN News Debut
9/1984-12/1986 Viterbo College- LaCrosse, Wisconsin
1/1987-12/1989 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee-
Bachelor of Arts
Majors- drawing and painting , graphic design
2/1990-11/1990 Victoria Rubenstein- Milwaukee, WI- artist assistant
11/1990-11/2002 Water Street Brewery-
Milwaukee, WI- Head Hostess
8/1991- 11/2002 Part time Artist- Milwaukee, WI- 3-d mixed media nonfunctional
11/2002- present Full time Artist- Milwaukee, WI- 3-d mixed media nonfunctional
Art Fairs * award
Fort Myers , FL - Artfest Fort Myers
2/2006,2012 Tampa, FL - Gasparilla Festival
of the Arts
FL - ArtiGras
3/2004,08-16 Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita
Springs National Art Festival*
Naples, FL - Mercato Fine
Vero Beach, FL - Under the Oaks
Naples, FL - Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts
Sarasota, FL -Sarasota Spring
Fine Arts Festival
Winter Park, FL - Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
Indianapolis, IN - Broad Ripple Art Festival
5/2000-2011 Sturgeon Bay, WI - (Market
Square) Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair
Milwaukee, WI - Schlitz Audubon Art Fair*
Northbrook, IL - Northbrook Art Fair
Racine, WI - Monument Square Art Fair*
6/1995-2003 Barrington, IL - BAAC Art Fair*
6/2004,2011-16 Wheaton, IL - Cantigny Sculpture
& Fine Art Festival
6/1995-2016 Spring Green,
WI - Spring Green Art Fair*
Madison, WI - Art Fair Off the Square*
Buffalo Grove, IL - Buffalo Grove Invitational
Fine Art Festival
Neenah, WI - Bergstrom-Mahler Museum Arts Festival
Sheboygan, WI - John Michael Kohler Arts Festival
7/2009-16 Geneva, IL - Geneva
Appleton, WI - Art in the Park
Wauwatosa, WI - Firefly Art Fair
Minneapolis, MN - Powderhorn Art Fair*
Minneapolis, MN - Uptown Art
8/1991-2006,08-12,16 Milwaukee, WI - Morning
Glory Craft Fair
8/1993,97,98,2009-16 GreenBay, WI - Artstreet*
Oconomowoc, WI - Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts*
Brookfield, Wi - Stonewood Village Art Fair*
WI - Mile of Art
Holy Hill, WI - Holy Hill Arts and Craft Fair*
Downers Grove, IL - Downers Grove Art Fair*
WI - Mount Mary Starving Artist Art Fair
Milwaukee, WI - 3rd Ward Art Festival
Ephraim, WI - Townline Art Fair
11/2004-2006 Milwaukee, WI - Ornaments and Adornments
11/1998-2016 Madison, WI - Winter Art Festival
Milwaukee, WI - Winter Glory
Link to Mary's Lionfish JMCP June 2008 Volume 14 Issue 5
JMCP interview questions
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1.What inspired you to become an artist?
As a child my sisters and I were always doing some sort of craft project, so I think I always was an artist. I knew I didn’t
want to teach and graphic art didn’t fit so I got into an art fair after college in 1991 and have been doing them ever
2. Where did you get your art training?
U W Milwaukee
3. What prompted you to begin to create your mixed media sculptures?
I got some wood veneer from Dufek Manufactoring,
a small cheese box company located in my home town of Denmark, WI. I made my first fish out of a piece that had a knot hole
for the eye. After that I made some wall masks and then cats and dogs. But finding different materials and adding them to
the veneer expanded my line of creatures. I’ve found that I really like to build armature out of wood and wire and build
clay over that, pressing in different textures and cutting in the features
4. Did you have any artistic mentors or favorite teachers?
Not really, I did take 2 classes in college that really inspired me. One being color studies and the other being form, space
and materials. Those really pushed me to be creative and try different materials to create art.
5. Do you have any further art training, such as attending workshops?
6. Are there any
other artists in your family?
My older sister is an elementary art teacher and my younger sister works in the graphics/printing
7. Do you sell your art in any galleries?
The Gift Itself in Green Bay, WI
The Artists Mercantile in St. Paul, MN
The Morning Glory Gallery in Milwaukee, WI
The Underwood Gallery in Wauwatosa,
8. What is your favorite style of art and why?
I liked Impressionism in
college but I think I’ve created my own style- simple, fun, recognizable creatures with attention to accurate shape
and form within the limitations of the materials I use, then painted with bright fun colors.
9. Do you have any favorite artists (living or deceased)?
10. What inspired
you to create the large Lionfish sculpture?
I really like the salt water fish, their shapes and color, and thougth
the lionfish was a really cool unreal looking fish but I couldn’t make it until I figured out how to make the fins.
I found a way to make the fins by cementing parchment paper together with wire inbetween, then cutting out the shapes
of the fins and binding them together. Of course the lionfish is brown and white, but I tend to put a lot more color into
them then how they look in nature.
11. What year did you make the large Lionfish
I can’t remember, maybe 2001.
12. What are your favorite subjects
in your artworks and why?
I like small little brightly colored creatures that are a challenge to figure out how to make
them using wood, wire, paper, fabric beads etc. There are 3 books where I get most of my ideas from.
Coral Reef Fishes
by Ewald Lieske and Robert Myers
An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles by Arthur V. Evans and Charles L. Bellany
World’s Most Spectacular Reptiles & Amphibians by William W. Lamar
13. Do you have
any special projects that you're working on now or plan to start in the near future?
Just trying to get in to bigger
and better art fairs.