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About The Artist

 

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Love of nature and her extensive floral design background have gifted Mary Sebastian with an intensified relationship with nature. She has been working with natural elements since she was a child, and her experience is evident.

The sculptural qualities of her work illustrate the approach of organic essentialism...the less is more principle. Her sculptures are bold, exciting and dramatic yet unmistakably simple, pure and clean. The resulting work is both architectural and organic  as she retains the innate properties of her chosen materials. They are timeless, inspirational and passionate. Her nurturing and patient devotion to each piece is rooted in her love of family, children and animals.

She earned her BFA at Western Michigan University, studied extensively at Kendall College of design, and spent years gaining experience in the floral and interior design industries, both of which developed her sense of composition, texture and form.

Statement

Sculpture is the three dimensional projection of a feeling, an inspiration, and ultimately a creation. To receive the inspiration to create and share that creation with others is my dream. My sculptures convey the strength and passion I feel for my work.

They deliver purpose and focus. Both abstract and organic, my sculptures emote vitality, energy and motion. Yet, their softness and beauty will draw you to linger and touch them.

 
  Artist Bio

 

Education
 2006      Stone Workshop, Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI
 1987–89 Kendall School of Design, Grand Rapids, MI
 1980      Oxbow Summer Workshop, The Art Institute of Chicago, Independent Study, Saugatuck, MI
 1965–69 Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Floral Design
2012 – Present   Consulting Designer - Special Projects, Daylily Floral, Cascade, MI
1994 – 2010     Wedding Décor – Boulder, CO & West Michigan
1998 – 2002     Commercial Holiday Décor – Boulder, CO
1998 – 1999     Stonebridge Home Development Project – Grand Rapids, MI
1994 – 2000     Annual Designer Showcase Home – Grand Rapids, MI
1990 – 1996     Parade of Homes – Grand Rapids, MI
1985 – 1990     Arts Alive Annual Gala – Grand Rapids, MI
1980 – 1989     Small Event Floral Design – Grand Rapids, MI
1980 – 1989     Christmas Floral Design – Boulder, CO & West Michigan

Interior Design
2007     Marcy Madigan – Jupiter, FL
2004     Lake Michigan Summer Home – Grand Haven, MI
2001     California Contemporary – Grand Rapids, MI
2000     Linda and David Cain – Boulder, CO
1999     Judy & Robert Gillum – Boulder, CO
1999     Mr. & Mrs. Michael Metcalf – Grand Rapids, MI
1999     Ms. Nancy Thompson Home – Boulder, CO
1999     Dr. David Vorzimer Home – Boulder, CO
1998     Lake Michigan Summer Home – Grand Haven, MI
1995     Victorian Historic Home – Grand Rapids, MI
1985     Chicago Summer Home – Spring Lake, MI
1983     California Contemporary – Grand Rapids, MI

Sculpture
2006 to Present, Professional Sculptor

Art-Related Experience and Exhibitions
2013     Art Design Consultants, “Art Comes Alive 2013” – Cincinnati, OH
2013     LaFontsee Galleries, “Go Figure” – Grand Rapids, MI
2013     Published Artist, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
2012     Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Opening Reception Design Committee – Grand Rapids, MI
2012     Private Sale, Wood Sculpture, “Tide Pool” – Rye, NY
2011     Private Consultation, Loft Project Sculptures – Chicago, IL
2010     Private Commission, Bronze Sculpture – “Cuore la Cura”, Ada, MI
2009     Water Street Gallery, “American Spaces” – Saugatuck, MI
2008     Private Commission, Stone Sculpture – Rye, NY
2007     Private Commission, Wood Sculpture – Germany
2006     Arts Alive 2006, Wood Sculpture – “Sentinel Torch”, Grand Rapids, MI
2006     Private Commission, Wood Sculpture – Germany
1989     Kendall College of Design, “Color Study” – Exhibited by Steelcase nationwide

Sculpture
2007     Stone carving at Meijer Garden
2007     First wood carving
2008     Stone and wood – self taught
2009     ArtPrize entry - “Sentinel Torch”
2011     Installation of Cuore la Cura

 
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