Artist: Martin Scott

Martin Scott
Petoskey, MI
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Art finally caught up with me after I spent over fifty years trying to avoid it. I always knew I liked art but I never thought I could make it. My first grade art projects always turned out a mess. Later, when I built model airplanes, I always got glue all over the windows. I compensated for my perceived lack of artistic talent by practicing law for 25 years in Metropolitan Detroit.

Eventually, I escaped to Northern Michigan where I fell in with a group of artists. I helped them put on a couple of shows and with their incredible emotional support, I finally agreed to create something for one of the shows. When they saw my first attempt, a mobile of a sailboat suspended in a bottle, they told me they liked it.

Actually, I liked it too. For the next show, I came out of the bottle and made a couple of hanging mobiles. When I put them together and they actually flew, I was hooked. I had found something I could create, that actually looked pretty cool!

I enjoy creating improbable looking structures, such as where one small piece balances the rest of the entire mobile. I want my creations to explore colors, shapes and the space they inhabit while including little surprises that make people step back and think.

In 2014, I opened the Red Sky Stage, across the hall from the Artists Market. Along with providing the community with a coffee house style performing arts venue modeled after the places I listened to music in my college days and beyond, this gave me a chance to further explore and develop my own nascent musical talent.

I now get to live out my dream, keeping busy 18 hours a day doing the things I love and never having to work!

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