Contemplating beauty

Shea Stanfield

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”  Rachel Carson

The “School of Nature” has always been the place local artist Marlene Sabatina has revisited regularly, in her quest for organic form and inspiration. Growing up in Brattleboro, Vermont and Keene, New Hampshire, young Sabatina had the advantage of living in nature’s box of paints with the ever-changing landscapes of each season. She absolutely loved art in grade school and according to her, “My good fortune was to have had encouraging and knowledgeable teachers to guide me in the basics of drawing, painting and ceramics.” As an adult, Sabatina put her creative processes to work in forming a diverse and interesting career path for herself. She has worked as an ophthalmic assistant and office manager, created a boutique called Sabatina’s Fashion Experience, opened a Bed & Breakfast in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, finally coming full circle back to her art.

Sabatina decided to call Arizona home 44 years ago, joining her dad who had moved to the area. The move provided her time and a place to delve back into creating art.  Sabatina is an avid reader and committed student when it comes to attending workshops for the purpose of updating her knowledge, learning new techniques, and networking with other artists within the areas of drawing, painting and her favorite, designing jewelry. Today Sabatina works from her home studio; set up in her garage, where she has access to all her metal smiting equipment the moment a creative spirit moves her. She excitedly admits her business, Feather Heart Studio, took a huge leap forward a few years ago when she joined the Sonoran Arts League and began participating in the annual Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour. Her clients return year after year to purchase original pieces as gifts for themselves, family members and friends for special occasions.

One of the most endearing things about Sabatina is she is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others. Her activities range from presentations about setting up jewelry displays to teaching classes and giving private lessons in various jewelry-making techniques and methods. The beauty about Sabatina’s style is she meets you where you are. If you would like to visit her home studio to “shop” for that special someone, give her a call. Perhaps you want to get started exploring making your own pieces, give her a call. Do you and a group of friends love learning something new together, give her a call. Sabatina is sure to delight you with her style, wow you with her magnificent pieces of art and inspire you to bring out that artist within.

To view Sabatina’s work, contact her for an appointment, schedule a private lesson or class, visit her website www.featherheartstudio.com.