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Abstract artist emerges at Benton Harbor gallery

Published 7:30am Friday, May 24, 2013

Trained in fine arts and animation, with experience as a painter, installation artist and museum professional Joshua Mason draws on a depth of experience in creating fascinating abstract landscapes.
Mason finds inspiration in music, philosophy, history and conversations with artists and his wife, Brittany, who is also an artist. His new work, which will be on view at ARS Gallery, focuses on the concept of landscape and memory and how myth intersects with place.
Mason’s formal art education started in animation with ACME VTN through Warner Brothers Feature Animation and continued in fine art at Gwen Frostic School of Art.  Josh brings his eye for artistry into his career in the museum field as the Exhibits Manager at Curious Kids Museum in St. Joseph. In this position he designs and fabricates exhibit, installs traveling exhibits and paints murals.  His murals can be found at Curious Kids› Discovery Zone and at Silver Beach Center.
Mason is also a teacher and entrepreneur.  He teaches painting at the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph and is highly involved as a teaching artist in the I Am The Greatest Project, film education and summer arts education at ARS Gallery.
“Josh connects with students on a very personal level, sharing his insights, struggles as an artist and his deep understanding of art theory.  It is a pleasure to see the excitement he shares with the students and it is wonderful how assessable he makes art,” said Anna Russo-Sieber.
Beyond teaching and the museum, Mason is the co-founder of a special-events company, Polygon, which creates installations and stage-design to accompany bands and live performances.
Mason finds inspiration in music, philosophy, history and conversations with artists and his wife, Brittany, who is also an artist. His new work, which will be on view at ARS Gallery, focuses on the concept of landscape and memory and how myth intersects with place.
ARS Gallery is open from 6 to 9 p.m. June 21 during the New Territory Arts Association›s Summer Art Hop.  In addition to Mason›s work, art and decorative objects from Custom Imports of New Buffalo, MI that were hand-selected from Tahiti and Thailand will be exhibited through June 30.
For more information on this exhibit, call (269) 208-4409.
269-208-4409, or arsieber@sbcglobal.net, or go to our website at: annarussoart.com

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