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AAW 2005 Honorary Lifetime Members: Arthur and Jane Mason
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Honorary Lifetime Members

AAW 2005 Honorary Lifetime Member: Arthur and Jane Mason


Arthur and Jane Mason first viewed the Jacobson Collection of woodturnings in 1986 at the Renwick Gallery and were immediately inspired to begin collecting. After spending some time gathering pointers from David Ellsworth at his home and studio in Pennsylvania, they set out to collect turned wood. A year later, the couple from Washington, DC, could count 100 pieces in their collection, in addition to the countless memories and friendships developed with the artists whom they had patronized.

Art collecting had already been a part of Arthur’s and Jane’s lives before their discovery of wood art. For Arthur, it rekindled a boyhood interest from times spent in the woods with his father, a Yale forestry graduate. Jane, with an art degree, looked at this aspect of collecting as exploring relatively uncharted territory and an intellectual exercise.

Together, Arthur and Jane proceeded to add to the collection—amounting to as many as 900 pieces, 200 of those gifted to museums. In 1998, following the advice of Mark Lindquist to keep “this strong statement about the intensity and diversity of serious woodturning” together, Arthur and Jane have gifted 120 pieces of their important collection to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, NC.
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