Mary Sebastian

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Mary Sebastian • Profile

 

Mary Sebastian

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.
For Mary Sebastian, less is more. She accentuates the innate properties of her chosen materials, exposing organic balance and movement. Both architectural and organic, her work is bold and dramatic, yet unmistakably clean and simple. Offering multiple vantage points, she draws the viewer in with one of the most vital of human characteristics – the sense of touch. As significant as the visual experience, touch becomes a tangible form of experience and emotion in Sebastian’s work.
Mary Sebastian earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Michigan University, and has years of experience in the floral and interior design industries, both of which have developed her sense of composition, texture and form.



Mary Sebastian • 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 are a reflection of my inner soul and self, conveying the strength and passion I feel for my work. They are a projection of a feeling, an inspiration, and ultimately a creation. Both abstract and organic, my work evokes vitality, energy and motion. As I work, I listen to the rhythm of my chosen material; it guides my behavior and sets my pace. I carve directly and intuitively so that I may understand its true character. It is my hope that the softness and beauty of my pieces will draw the viewer in to linger and touch them.
One of my favorite quotes is from Andre Gide: “Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better”.  Another favorite is from Leonardo DaVinci: “Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art”. I thank Jesus every day for the gift of inspiration and the ability to create.



Mary Sebastian • Biography

EDUCATION

1988
Independent Study, Kendall School of Design

1969
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017
"Freshly Considered", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2016
"sELECTED Works", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Slightly Obsessive", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015
"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Lookie Here”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2014
“Annual Fall Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Modern Twist”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

2007
 
Stone Carving, Meijer Garden

INTERIOR DESIGN

2007
Marcy Madigan, Jupiter, Florida; Color design, furniture layout, accessories.

2001
California Contemporary, Grand Rapids, Michigan; complete remodel, new master suite, lighting design, garden design.

2000 
Linda and David Cain, Boulder, Colorado; Color design

1999
Judy and Robert Gillum, Boulder, Colorado; Color design, furniture design and layout.

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Metcalf, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Co-designed interior architectural design, site planning and garden design.

Ms. Nancy Thompson Home, Boulder, Colorado; Remodel and interior design throughout the home.

Dr. David Vorzimer Home, Boulder, Colorado; Living room and dining room decor.

1998
Lake Michigan Summer Home, Grand Haven, Michigan; Redesigned outdoor living space including decks, landings, stairs, plantings, beds and materials.

1995 
Victorian Historic Home, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Renovated 1857 landmark historical home for annual Heritage Hill Tour of Homes.

1985
Chicago Summer Home, Spring Lake, Michigan; Renovated 130-year-old summer home in keeping with the unique history and setting of the home.

1983
California Contemporary, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Extensive design and remodeling including a complete revision of decks and installation of woodland gardens with 40-foot pond.

FLORAL DESIGN

2007
Marcy Madigan, Jupiter, Florida; Color design, furniture layout, accessories.

1998 - 2002
Annual commercial Christmas Decor, Cain Travel, Boulder, Colorado

1994 - 2004 
Weddings; Beach tent weddings and receptions, Church, reception, bridal party, Large historical home / restaurant setting for ceremony and reception.

1998
Stonebridge Home Development Project; Tablescape design coordinating with the project theme.

1994
Annual Designer Showcase Home; Unique estate chosen each year where prominent designers bid to decorate a room. Designed and implemented floral decor in foyer, living room, upper hall.

1990
Parade of Homes; Floral design throughout entire home, exterior entrance as well as interior theme oriented gala e event.

1985 - 1990 
Arts Alive Annual Gala; Director of theme, design, and implementation for upscale, black-tie benefit for the Grand Rapids Art Council. Included table design, complete room and building transformation for 500 attendees. Designed custom built wood, acrylic and iron containers.

1980 - 1989 
Small Event Floral Design; For dinner parties, bridal luncheons, bridal and baby showers, graduations, memorials, holidays.

1980 - 1989 
Christmas Floral Design; Annual holiday Christmas decor throughout homes for large, upscale in- home Christmas parties or intimate in-home gatherings.

HONORS/AWARDS

1987
Color Study, Exhibited by Steelcase, Inc. nationwide