Wood Sculpture and Assemblages by Don Best in Collaboration with Judy Mayberry
April 1-May 31, 2017

A native of Maine, and educated at the Portland School of Art, Don Best began his career as a craftsman, weaving rugs and baskets. He has also studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, ME. Best works mainly in wood; he carves, paints, assembles, burns, and hand-colors his work, which often uses animals as its subject and theme. Best’s work has a playful quality that makes it accessible to people of all ages. He enjoys collaborating with other artists. Currently, he shares a studio with Judy Mayberry, a mosaic artist. Together, they create work that has amazing three-dimensional results. Creatures such as loons, cats, fish, and owls seem both lifelike and mesmerizing. Best lives in Norway, ME, where he supports Well Point Veterinary Services and his wife, Suzanne, with carved signage and jewelry whose sale helps fund free veterinary care in Western Maine.

Judy Mayberry graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 1976 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree majoring in drawing and fiber arts. After a music career taking them round the country, Judy and her husband returned to Maine where they settled down and raised a family. Judy has always created artwork but for the past twenty years her concentration has been mosaics. Judy works in both traditional and modern methods of mosaic. Although she works primarily on her own projects, of late, she and Don Best have created many collaborative works as well.

My intention is to create art that appeals to everyone: children, adults, elders, and even animals (a few bark or sniff at my work). I want my sculptures to make people’s hearts smile.

For me, collaborating with other artists allows us to feed off of each others’ skills and aesthetics so both of us reach levels and dimensions we might not otherwise achieve. Collaboration affords limitless possibilities. I’m not in it alone; my ego is put aside.

In the future, I hope to work with children by interpreting their drawings in three dimensions, letting their perceptions fuel my creativity.

Don Best