HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We wish you all a healthy, happy 2017. We are hoping that this year is better than the last. After all, it's the year of the Fire Rooster in Chinese Astrology, which is meant to be more fortuitous for most of us. Let us choose the light!
With a new administration, one which makes us more than a bit nervous, we want to encourage everyone to stay engaged in your community, stay aware, and be mindful. Listen to your neighbors, even if you don't fully embrace their ideas. Now, more than ever, we all need to listen more.
"Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and the most dangerous thing for a society to be to be without." - William Sloane Coffin Jr.
We are thankful for this New Year and the great opportunities it offers us, and we look forward to celebrating with you throughout the year!
You may have seen this month's Maker No. 5 quietly sitting around your local coffee shop (particularly Presta) observing the surroundings in sketches.
Danny Martin, originally from rural Alabama, now resides in Tucson, Arizona, where he has made his distinctive mark all over town: either on walls, in ads, or in classrooms where he teaches screen printing at Pima College.
As a working artist, Danny pays the bills with art shows, illustrations, and commissions.
MAST is happy to carry Danny's current offerings: Cowgals & Dudes Coloring Book and Tucson Neon Coloring Book. We're also looking forward to an impending new release centered around Route 66!
Here's a look at his artistic practice and inspirations:
Q: What do you want to stop. start. continue… doing?
A: I need to travel more...
Q: What is 1 of the top 3 ethics that you abide by in your craft?
A: Don't do work with/for people/businesses you don't like/respect.
Q: What is the very first creation you remember making?
A: I remember making cut and paste drawings on colored construction paper....mainly of the mutants that would battle Voltron...this would have been when I was 5 or so...
Q: What are your top three necessities?
A: Books, art supplies, and free time.
Q: What have you been listening to while you work most recently?
A: Leonard Cohen, Kris Kristofferson, Karima Walker...I also throw on The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly soundtrack from time to time...
Q: Who or what is the single greatest influence in your life?
A: Growing up in a rural area...and maybe my parents' record collection..haha.
Photography by Tucson Street Portraits
You can see more work here:
Tucson Street Portraits (@tucsonstreet)
Danny Martin's Cowgals and Dudes Coloring Book
Coloring books are available in store!
This month we are featuring a few things to help keep you and your little ones cozy during the chillier winter months.
Cozy up and enjoy!
These are one of our favorite staples, which we always have in stock, but we just got a new shipment in and there are some treasures!
Handmade from colorful, vintage cotton saris, these are the yummiest, most lovely way to get cozy on a cool night. Perfect for Tucson in any season.
We have these in limited sizes, and wish that we had them in our sizes too, but these will keep those little toes nice and warm, even on the chilliest noche.
We are so thrilled to offer these useful and super lovely pieces, made with organic cotton. These simple, sweet baby hats, bibs, swaddles, burp cloths, and quilts are great for the little ones in your life.
This month we encourage you to get out & explore these exhibitions happening right here in Tucson!
Frida Kahlo Exhibition at the Tucson Botanical Gardens
"Tucson Botanical Gardens is honored to host the 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.
The centerpiece of Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life is the recreation of the gardens that Frida Kahlo maintained in her home in Mexico City: La Casa Azul. Great care was taken to present the plants, colors and forms that were such an important source of inspiration to Kahlo. Included in the installation is the Meso-American-inspired pyramid that Diego Rivera built in the central courtyard of Casa Azul. This replica is used to showcase a diverse collection of cacti and succulents native to the deserts of Mexico and the Southwestern United States." —Tucson Botanical Gardens
The exhibition runs through May 31, 2017, but why not explore the gardens during these 60-degree-and-sunny Tucson winter days?
Chris Lasch & Terrol Dew Johnson | Meeting the Clouds Halfway
Miranda Lichtenstein | Sound & Noise
JPW3 | Sleep Never Rusts
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Tucson
The current exhibitions at MOCA Tucson end on January 29th, so make sure to check them out before then! Every last Sunday of the month is FREE at MOCA; join us on Sunday 1/29 for a day full of contemporary art.
Photography by Maya Heilman-Hall for MOCA Tucson