by Dorothy Maloney
WAXHAW – A recent newcomer to Waxhaw, Mark Hauge has settled in very nicely to the “Artsy World” of beautiful, historic Waxhaw. So well, he has already been invited to serve as director of Created In The Carolinas.
Mark has been creating art for about 35 years. He has participated in numerous shows, and many of his works are in private collections throughout the eastern United States.
His interest in direction is diverse, creating unique furniture, jewelry and sculpture of realistic, abstract and non-objective forms. The sizes of his sculptures range from jewelry size to 12 feet tall. Mark works with any media, mixed, as well as separate.
Mark’s ideas come directly from his soul. His work reflects his passion for the aesthetic of natural forms. He would like the viewer to be absorbed by the beauty of design, the harmony of contrasts, and the power in the organized blending of elements that the natural world presents.
Mark’s most recent works range in style from elegant simplicity, to more complex statements that display an intriguing relationship between nature and the human variable.
“My work attempts to parallel the rhythms of nature with the rhythms within myself,” he claims.
His professional objective is “to continue to evolve as an artist and become immersed in the local art community.”
The artist earned his master’s degree in art education at the New York State University College at Buffalo, bachelor’s degree in education, also at Buffalo, and his associate degree in photography at Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, New York.
Mark taught K-12 Art at the White Plains New York Central School District from 1987 to June 2017. Prior to that, Mark taught art, nursery through 12, at The Park School in Buffalo.
Among his “special projects” is an interdisciplinary instructional tool, designed and built a 16×20-foot barn to house small animals at The Park School in Buffalo.
He also designed and built the school darkroom for the high school photography curriculum at the Park School of Buffalo.