VISITING ARTIST IN MUSEUM SHOP: PEG MARTINEZ (AKA: SQUARE PEG)Friday, December 7th from 6pm to 8pm December 7, 2012
Ms. Martinez will be in the NOMA Museum Shop from 6pm to 8pm and her work will be displayed and available for purchase through December.
About Peg Martinez
Peg Martinez (aka Square Peg) is a native New Orleanian who recently rekindled her passion for woodworking. As a child, her father had a well-equipped workshop in the attic, but this was his off-limits, sacred playground. Of course, forbidden equals appealing, making it the place where she most wanted to go. Not knowing what to be when she grew up and not thinking about how she might pay the rent, Peg majored in Art History in college. Galleries and museums did not knock down her door with job offers upon graduation. So she got a job in an art supply store (well, it kinda makes sense, doesn’t it?), where she learned the art of picture framing. Finally, an opportunity to work with tools! She worked for various galleries in the French Quarter and created her own small frame shop in the back of her apartment. She eventually pursued a Masters in Social Work, putting her table saw and router aside. Years went by until Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans area, and indeed took an emotional toll on Square Peg. Searching for something to feel positive and passionate about, she returned to her workshop (now a small metal building in the back of her house), and began creating boxes combining various hardwoods for contrast and interest. Unique joinery, utilizing miter splines and dowels, adds to the geometric complexity of the designs. In 2010, she was chosen to be the artist to create the prestigious Arts Council of New Orleans annual awards. Peg now exhibits at local and national art festivals, and also currently has pieces at the New Orleans Museum of Art Gift Shop.
Pictures representing art work by Peg Martinez do not necessarily reflect items to be displayed at the NOMA Museum Shop.
All programming is included with Museum admission.
Schedule subject to change.