About Me

Located in his childhood hometown of Audubon NJ self-taught artist Mark Bair pursues his craft of traditional woodcarving. Growing up around his mother’s art studio it wasn’t a stretch for him to have a passion for art and fine craft. Mark has been hand carving heirloom quality, whimsical and figurative art for over twenty years now. Each work is hand carved using traditional carving tools. The work is then hand painted and finished with hand rubbed oil to give it an aged warm look.  His subject matter is mostly figurative with an eye towards whimsey.

Mark is a Juried Master Artisan with the Pennsylvania Guild of fine craft. He also works with the New Jersey Folk Life Center to bring has craft into New Jersey school children. He is a regular teacher at the Tuckerton Seaport.  Marks work is available for commission or can be seen in the permeant collection of the Tuckerton Seaport, The Pennsylvania Guild Of fine Craft gallery or at Fine Craft Fairs around the country.

My Experience

Education

Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts
2001 - Oil Painting
2002-2003 - Printmaking

Perkins Center for the Arts
2001-2008 - Watercolor and Sculpture

John C Campbell School
2004 - Scandinavian Figure Carving with Harley Rufsal
2012 - Figure Carving with Helen Gibson

From a Happy Customer:

Love my little carved Santa with polka dot trousers!

Awards

Tuckerton Gunning & Decoy Show
2012 – 1st place FishToms River Decoy Show
2013 – First Place Figure

Crozet Fine Art Show
2013 – Presidents Choice Award

Syracuse Fine Arts and Crafts Show
2014 – Best of Show in Wood Category

Corn Hill Arts Festival
2014 – First Place in Wood Category

Pennsylvania Guild of Fine Craft
2015 – Achieved Master Craftsman Status

Pennsylvania Guild of Fine Craft Rittenhouse
2016 – Benchmark Award

My Studio

My studio is located at:
353 West Kings Highway, Audubon, NJ 08106.

The studio is open by appointment or chance. If you would like to visit my studio  and my latest works we can schedule an appointment or if you are in the neighborhood stop in. I also have an open studio the Saturday before thanksgiving every year for your holiday shopping.

How To Work With Me

Teaching & Private Lessons

I am a teacher of woodcarving and woodblock printing. I teach both Youth and Adults.  Private lessons are available at $100.00 for a 6 hour class. Classes generally run from 10 am to 4 pm.  I also offer a package of 6 classes for $500.00. I will cover tools of the trade, Safety, sharpening, design, and painting. Included in cost of class is use of tools and materials. All levels are welcome.  See my upcoming classes at the Tuckerton Seaport.

Shows & Events

Throughout the year I participate in their shows alongside some of the best hand-crafts in the country. You can find me at shows like Perkins Center of the Arts, Pennsylvania Guild of Fine Craft, Rittenhouse Square, Haddonfield Crafts and more. If you would like to schedule me to to be a part of your show please Contact Me.