Fabulous Fathers & Creative Escapes

June is the month that we celebrate DAD!  
As such, we are featuring a few of our favorite dad/makers and their products this month. We encourage you to come in and have a gander at all of the super fine gifting and card options for that special man.  MAST salutes all you rad dads, step-dads, abuelos and stand up father figures! 

Heads up that MAST will be on a short holiday from Sunday, July 23rd through Wednesday August 2nd. We will re-open with regular hours Thursday, August 3rd.
Stay tuned for summer specials, deals and new products!

John Leitch is an artist of rare caliber. His process is as precise as it is creative, painstaking in his path to creating the perfect piece, in whichever medium he is working on at the the moment.  John is prolific and is the sort that has had his hands in so many mediums, from pottery, to knife making, leather craft, and shaving implements.  MAST is happy to showcase his work in several of these.  Today, however, we focus on the shaving.  Meet John Leitch; our kind of guy.

Q: What is 1 of the top 3 ethics that you abide by in your craft?
A: Using high quality materials, fine craftsmanship, and having original designs.

 Q: As you reflect, what has been the consistent theme in your life?
A: My creative work has been a consistent theme in my life spanning the use of many different media including lapidary, the various noble metals, ceramics, wood, and tool alloy steel.

Q: What continues to elude you?
A: Obtaining a successful marketing strategy in order to expand sales nationally selling my work to a broader geographic range.

Q: What is the very first creation you remember making?
A: Making a soap carving using my pocket knife when I was in 4th grade.


Q: What are your top three necessities?

A: Motivation.  Lifelong learning.  Inspiration


Q: Who or what is the single greatest influence in your life?

A: The most important influence in my creative life were undergraduate and graduate classes in design, applied arts, and ceramics.


Photo by Becca Ranta

Photo by Becca Ranta

Byron Shaving Company Anodized Aluminum Razors and Brushes

One distinction of a good razor is the weight and John works hard to make sure his razors are weighted just right to give you the best shave. One of the many fine offerings made by John Leitch that we are proud to carry at MAST, available in multiple styles, these are built to last and easy to handle. Perfect for ladies and gents alike. Always in stock.

Y Studio Pens and Pencils

Y Studio is a Taiwanese design house that makes fine stationery artifacts (think pens, pencils, etc.) designed to last a lifetime. The hardware in their latest collection, Brassing, includes a ballpoint pen, sketching pencil and ruler all made out of brass, some of which that have been painted black. Over time, the paint will wear away to reveal the brass beneath in a completely unique way based on each user. If you’re not one for waiting, Y Studio also attaches a piece of sand paper to the product’s package that you can use to speed up the entire process. MAST also carries the Classic Brass line.

Y Studio Brassing Pens and Pencils currently available in store only.

Michael Ramirez Hand Forged Bronze Kitchen Tools

A sweet local dad,  who is also a fantastic craftsman,  Michael was inspired to make some spoons to feed his little one, which became a jumping off point for his metal craft. These pieces are both beautfiully functional and thoughtfully made.
Currently available in store.

The summers in the desert are often time for inside activities...such as viewing art. Here are some ways to stay cool and expand your creative horizons.

One of our favorite local gems, counter culture cheerleader and biographer, Tucson John,  is part of this group exhibition, and we wouldn't miss it for the world!  Come see what he captures in his exhibit Tucson Nights: After Dark in the Pueblo .

Opening reception and MOCA member’s preview will be held Saturday, 17 June 2017 from 7pm - 8pm with a public opening reception from 8pm-9pm. Food will be provided by Sonoran Mexican Cuisine and Sonoran Snoballs, with music by DJ Butta Fly. All exhibitions will run through 1 October.

For more info: https://www.moca-tucson.org/program/summer-exhibition-opening/

Danny Lyon: 
Present Future, the Silverman Museum Collection

Etherton Gallery
Opening Reception, Saturday, June 10th 7-10 PM
Show runs through August 31

In celebration of his career retrospective, Message to the Future, which opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2016, and travels to Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland and the Berlin Foundation, Germany in 2017, Etherton Gallery is pleased to present a survey of photographer Danny Lyon’s work.

For over 50 years Lyon has demonstrated a consistent engagement with social and political issues and concern for many of the people he photographed. The exhibition features vintage photographs from Silverman Museum Collection, some of which were featured in Lyon’s museum show. Present Future opens with a reception at 7 – 10 pm, Saturday June 10, 2017. Signed books will be available. 

For more info: http://www.ethertongallery.com/

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is making Phoenix its only North American stop on a world tour at the Heard Museum.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Show Runs through August 20, 2017

This exhibit offers a rare opportunity to see firsthand masterpieces by two of the most important and recognizable artists of the 20th century.
Thirty-three works by the famed Mexican artists, from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, are to be exhibited in the newly opened Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery through Aug. 20, 2017.  In addition, the exhibit includes more than 50 photographs taken by Edward Weston, Lola Álvarez Bravo and Frida Kahlo’s father, Guillermo Kahlo, among others. The exhibit also will feature clothing and jewelry of the style and region that Frida Kahlo chose to wear.
For more info: http://heard.org

Also, if you didn't make it already there's still time.  Tucson Botanical Gardens extends it's exhibit of New York Botanical Garden’s blockbuster exhibit: Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life.  This exhibit examines Kahlo’s work, life and influence through the lens of the plants and nature that surrounded her.  Tucson Botanical Gardens was selected as the only institution to receive this extraordinary exhibition designed by one of the world’s premier botanical gardens, the New York Botanical Garden. Additionally, the TBG is extending a welcome to dogs, for their Dog Days of Summer promotion, allowing patrons to bring their dogs along to stroll the gardens. 

For more info: https://www.tucsonbotanical.org/