Beverley Mastrianni is an artist who lives and works in Saratoga Springs, NY. She graduated from Skidmore College in 1976 and received her MA from the University of New York at Albany in 1979.
Regionally her artwork has been exhibited at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery and the Schick Gallery at Skidmore College, the Art Gallery at the State University of New York at Albany, the Albany Institute of History and Art, Adirondack Community College, and the Southern Vermont Arts Center as well as in many private galleries. She collaborated with two other artists on the artwork for the Saratoga Train Station. Recent work was shown at SeaFair in Miami, ArtPalm Beach, and Art SantaFe.
Her work is in private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
When I returned to Skidmore College for a mid-life career change from nursing and raising a family, my goal was to become a painter. That lasted until I walked into the sculpture studio and found my home.
After graduating with my Master’s degree from SUNY at Albany, I set up a studio and began fabricating large outdoor steel and aluminum sculptures for business and industry, along with smaller sculpture in wood and metal for homes and offices. My mentor, Richard Stankiewicz, and a number of “art representatives” to industry helped smooth the way. It was physically demanding work and required a lot of model-building and presentations to Boards of Directors. This type of work is not usually shown in regional galleries, although I did make some smaller pieces for regional shows and had a several one-person shows in the area.
After a number of years, there was a question in my mind about what I could do to continue working with less physical stress. The surfaces of the sculpture began beaconing me to use them differently, so I began working smaller, painting them, and engraving through the paint to the metal below (most often aluminum) or wood.
As a result of this change of focus, I am energized in a new way….and constantly drawing and photographing wherever I travel. I hope you enjoy the exhibit.
Artist reception will be on April 14th 3-5 PM at the Valley Artisans Market. The public is welcome.