Mary Schulte Showcases Artwork at Art2

Mary Schulte was born in southern California and raised south of Yuma. She has lived in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and San Diego, and has flown all over the globe during a career in the airline industry.

Now, as a multi-talented artist, Schulte has combined much of that worldly experience and inspiration into stunning sculptures, colorful clothing, unique jewelry treasures and elaborate mosaic pieces.

Mary has a working studio in Prescott on 6th Street, behind Arizona Seamless Gutters.

She is also co-owner of Art2, a downtown gallery with more than 20 local artists and some amazing work on display. Art2 Gallery is located at 120 Gurley Street, on the mezzanine level overlooking Spice Traveler gourmet food and gift shop in Old Capitol Market.

And while she has been around the world many times over, many of Mary’s art inspirations come from some of life’s simplest moments.

One day during a hike at Thumb Butte years ago, Mary’s dog came back with an oddly shaped stick in its mouth. Mary saw how that stick could be used in a youth art class she was leading. The stick was used in the class as the children put together sculpture projects.

That same curved stick remains an inspiration in many of Mary’s animal sculptures. One look at each piece’s long and whimsical legs sets Mary’s sculpture apart from anything else. The horse with exaggerated curved legs; and the sculpture of two giraffes at play are truly unique and intriguing.

Sculpture, which often incorporates mosaic work, remains Mary’s strongest artistic passion. She feels her creativity comes alive with sculpture.

Additionally, Mary works with clothing, creating a colorful and vibrant array of blouses, jackets, scarves, shirts and more.

What was the inspiration for this unique clothing line? Mary was leading a local art camp for children, so she researched the process to alter the clothing, which includes 15 stages, and can incorporate items from nature like a leaf, pine needles and other items.

“I have always been interested in learning new things,” she said.

Mary adds that all of the clothing is “up cycled,” recycled and upgraded. “Changing it to something else unique and amazing.”

Much like the clothing, Mary’s jewelry is “up cycled,” as well. At first glance, the jewelry is attractive and well made. Upon a closer look, one will see that each piece is made up of several other pieces of jewelry, recycled and combined into something brand new. Numerous pieces of the jewelry are made from sterling silver and offerings include pendants, earrings, bracelets, buttons and belt buckles.

Mary’s studio, 6th Street Studios, will participate in the Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour which takes place on October 6, 7 and 8.

All mediums of Mary’s art are on display at Art2, and would make great gifts for the ones you love.

Art2 originally formed as a group of artists with a gallery at the Prescott Gateway Mall. This November marks the one-year anniversary of Art2 moving to downtown Prescott and reopening.

Art2 is located at 120 W. Gurley St. on the mezzanine level. For more information, please call (928) 499-4428, or visit
www.artsquaredprescott.com

On Saturday, November 11, Mary will be hosting a Christmas Gift Show at the Art on 6th studio, located at 697 6th Street, Prescott, AZ  86301.

Author: PrescottWomanMagazine

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