Saturday, July 23, 2011

“Meet the Artist” Jenny Mastin

I was privileged to meet Jenny in the River Arts District in Asheville a few days ago. She was working upstairs and allowed me to photograph some of her work. I even went upstairs to see her ‘at work’!

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When we entered the Constance Williams Gallery, this is what caught my eye…

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These works of art are called ‘Going Coastal” and I kept going back to look more closely!

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Do you see the detail in these pieces?

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She told me that she uses shells she has found herself and other natural elements of the sea in each one!

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In her ‘artist profile’ she is quoted as saying, “Each creation I design may be based on a cultural myth, folklore, legend, or my observations to convey my own personal narrative. My works are hand built, sculptural, low-fired clay forms. The surfaces may be impressed and/or incised with a compilation of textures, patterns and symbols to convey a story.”

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I was so impressed with her art and enjoyed meeting her!

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I knew you would, too! Her website is HERE!

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And thanks to the Constance Williams Gallery at the Curve Studios for your warm welcome and for allowing me ‘behind the scenes’ access!

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Are you drawn to art that features elements of the sea or of nature?

28 comments:

Dianne said...

Absolutely I am drawn to them... but then I've lived on the Gulf Coast all my life! These are so lovely... The sort of half round piece looks like it could be a sconce.

Becky~ said...

Very Nice Diane! I love the second photo hanging on the wall....so cute. It would look so adorable in a bathroom hanging.

Diane Writes said...

Hello namemate! :) I love the wall decor too. It reminds me of tranquil beaches and the refreshing sound of the water.

laurie said...

wow what a talented artist,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

DDDDRRRRIIIINGGG! Hello BEAUTIFUL LAVENDER DREAMER! Thank you for coming so early in the mornin'! I can see this artist is in full swing of reaching her shoreline of CREATIVITY!!! What a wonderful gallery of beautify.

HAVE A MAGNIFICENT DAY! Anita

Cindy said...

Very neat stuff! I love the shells and nature elements. And so great that you were able to meet and talk to the artist.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I love this post, and I will need to take note if we ever do make it to Asheville! :D

Joanne said...

Beautiful makes you want to touch it!
Blessings, Joanne

Vee said...

Not as much as you are! You are a definite lover of the beach and the ocean. Very nice pieces.

Maggie said...

This is a side of Asheville that I didn't see when I visited there many years ago.
Very interesting pieces indeed, I think my favourite is the square with the black and white feather attached.
Maggie

Loui♥ said...

Hi!!
thanks for stopping by earlier!!
I'm now following you (thought I was already!!duh!)
love your blog!!
so glad you'll be at the surprise birthday Party!!!!!!
warmest hugs!!
Loui♥

Faye said...

wow....that's all I can say!! LOVE how her art reflects all the natural elements of the sea. I even love the old brick Gallery! It's how I imagine such an artist's studio to look. Thanks for that peek into Jenny's world :)

KAT said...

love her work very natural and unique. anything that is considered nature-artsy ...I like it for sure. and I love shells and beach treasures... as do a lot of people.
KAT

Della said...

Her pieces are remarkable! I can see why you were drawn to them :) I'm drawn to the pieces with starfish, shells, and urchins! They are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
Hugs!

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Wonderful post. Beautiful works of art.
Thanks for taking us behind the scenes!
Have a great weekend!

Love of the Sea said...

Beautiful creations. Thank you for sharing. Hope your having a wonderful weekend.

Kasia said...

This is absolutely lovely! WOW the sea theme thrives here and you do too! ;)

Hugs,

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

A very interesting artist in a very cool studio! I like the coastal theme of her works and how she incorporated her shore findings into her works.

PatC - All is Bright said...

Hi Diane
Thanks for stopping by. I do have to tell you that when I posted the title "Dream" I actually thought of you! And if I hadn't mention before I love reading your blog! Take care.

Hugs,
PatC

Screaming Sardine said...

Hi, Diane -

What a nice article about Jenny Mastin. I'll have to check her site out as I love her artwork. I love both the sea and nature...hard to choose which one.

Cheers,
Tracy Screaming Sardine

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Oh how nice Diane...and what fabulous work she does. Looks like a fun day.

simpledaisy said...

Yes..Yes.. and more Yes!!
I am hoping to get to Ashville on my winter break!! I have never been before....but it sure looks like my kind of place:)

Lilybets said...

She is very creative and rich of talent,I will visit her website.

Kelee Katillac said...

LOVE this work!

So happy to be back with you LD! Hope you are great!

HPS!

love, kelee katillac

Everything Coastal said...

Pretty Gallery, and very cool coastal inspired art. Thanks for stopping by the Everything Coastal blog and leaving me a sweet comment - so nice to meet another beach girl!

Caron

Everything Coastal said...

PS Am a new follower too!

Jenny Mastin said...

Diane, It was such a pleasure meeting you in the studio recently. Thank you so much for including your visit and gallery experience on your beautiful blogspot. You do me and my artist colleagues a most generous honor. Warmest regards...

M.Kate said...

I am drawn to the elements of both. Beautiful arts and tks for sharing :)