Nate Masternak exhibit to open at Secor StudiosWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nate Masternak’s latest exhibit is more than a portrait of an artist as a young man; it is a journey into the creative process. Masternak’s “Analytical Odysseys 2011” marks his solo debut. The exhibit is set to open at 6 p.m. June 3 in The Secor Studios sixth floor gallery.
“This is honestly the first solo show I’ve had in a real gallery space. The subject matter of the work in the show is thoughts, feelings, ideas, and logic. That’s where the title comes from. The best thing about working in the Secor is all of the connections I’ve made with other artists, before I came here I was working alone out of my parents’ basement,” Masternak said. “I’ve been drawing since I was very young, painting came later, but it wasn’t until I was in the Arts Commission’s Young Artist at Work program that I was pleased with what I was doing. That program was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life. Up until then I wasn’t really sure how far my talent could take me.”
Masternak’s talent has been showcased in group shows at highly respected venues such as the Parkwood Gallery, the Sanger Branch Library, Artomatic 419!, 20 North Gallery, and the Toledo Museum of Art. He has also been involved with a number of community projects such as the mural for Cherry Street Mission, created with Ben Miller through Dr. Lorna Gonsalves’ Community HeArtbeats organization in 2007 and the Arts Commission’s mix twenty10 fundraiser.
“One of my biggest influences as an artist is Terry Burton. He taught me about art and when I started to see him selling his work, that’s when I started to think that being an artist was something that I could do. I have a number of things coming up, including a group show at the Arts Commission’s Parkwood Gallery and I’m looking to get involved with Prizm. I’m also currently working on getting my own website going. There’s just a lot going on.”
The opening will also feature live music by Stephen Masternak and will run until 11 p.m.
The Secor Studios are located at 425 Jefferson Ave. in Downtown Toledo. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
For more information on display dates visit the Secor Artists page on Facebook.