Mari Newman (Minneapolis, Minnesota) has
been visually impaired since birth. She
began drawing as a child, hanging her
work on a clothesline on the front lawn
for all to see. In trade school, Newman
learned upholstery, jewelry-making,
cabinet-making, architectural drafting,
sheet metal welding and patternmaking.
Classes at the University of Minnesota
introduced her to ceramics, neon art,
architecture and landscape art. Painting
was her first love, but because of the
cost, she mastered a way to make crayons
look like pastels. She finds art as an
escape from the real world and enjoys
mixing colors or objects, creating humor
by making fun of common things and
putting them in unusual situations.
Newman’s work has been exhibited in
Minnesota and other parts of the
country, including most recently at the
North Dakota Museum of Art.
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