Saturday, December 29, 2012

Come To The Bpositiv Charity Art Auction - January 26, 2013

'hope warrior" mobile for hannah
Bpositiv 9 Charity Art Auction
January 26, 2013

For nine amazing years, our very own Bpositiv Foundation for Children with Cancer has collaborated with the artists of Central Oregon for a single unifying purpose: to benefit Oregon families who are facing a terminal cancer prognosis for their child.

Now, you have an opportunity to participate in one of our community's most important nights. 

Join your fellow Central Oregonians at McMenamins from 5pm to 10pm on January 26th as we come together to help support this local charity ... and enjoy a silent auction, raffle, music, prizes and much more. 

Artists from across the region have generously donated their finest creations for the auction. I have created a one-of-a-kind mobile especially for the event. "hope warrior" celebrates Hannah's sweet and mighty spirit surrounded by great, great love. 

All net proceeds from the auction will go directly to support the life-changing programs Bpositiv sponsors. So, please get ready to bid on your favorites and let's raise a ton of money for Bpositiv.

This special night is free and open to all ages. 

Please take a moment to learn more about and its inspiring history: 

Bpositiv 9 Charity Art Auction
When: January 26, 2013
Where: McMenamins (Old St. Francis)
Time: 5pm - 10pm
'hope warrior" for hannah'hope warrior" for hannah

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Bend Festival Noel Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Bend Festival Noel Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Hey, I invite you to join me and host of 75 other tasty artists, talented food and dirty cellos for fun, wine and wonder at the Bend Noel Holiday Pop-Up Shop

This year, the C3 Events-engineered shop is popping up on Saturday, December 15 (11am-8:30 pm) and Sunday, December 16 (10 am - 8pm) at the Athletic Club of Bend. Swimsuits are optional. 

There will be all kinds of gourmet Oregonian eats, overflowing cheer in a glass, super swell performers like Pink Martini and the Portland Cello Project, and - of course - local artists and shops, including my firecracker of a neighbor, Jen, and her Just a Little Charm juggernaut.

I can't promise anything, but that jolly guy who  seems to likes to wear red fur coats and black satin boots is rumored to be hanging out all weekend long. 

And, if that weren't enough to get you all hopped up on holiday fumes, I'll be offering a 10% discount on all my mobiles (from my listed Etsy prices) AND donating 10% of the proceeds from all my sales to Neighbor Impact.

So, jumpstart your reindeer, fire up your sleigh, stuff your pockets with some of that green stuff and come on down (or up, or over, or around) and make an awesome day of it - all while supporting your local community.

Happy goodness to you and yours!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Mark Leary Mobiles Featured On Herman Miller

eames molded plastic chair in my garden with beat-up mobile
My "studio" and I are honored to be featured on Herman Miller's Lifework blog this week.

Many thanks to the incomparable Amy Feezor for writing the piece. In addition to being the blog editor at Herman Miller and the copy director at Real Simple magazine and a contributing writer for and the owner of a smashing blog of her own (, Ms. Feezor is also just pretty dang cool. 

Thanks again!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

red rover featured in babytalk magazine

"red rover red rover" featured in babytalk magazine"

baby talk:

1) n. A style of speech used by adults in addressing children, pets, or sweethearts, and formed in imitation of the voice and pronunciation of children learning to talk.

... AND ...

2) The magazine that just featured one of my mobiles in its May 2012 print edition!

I'm honored that one of my favorite mobiles, "red rover, red rover," is showcased in their "sweet spots" section ... right next to a big blue egg-shaped nightlight!

Published for over 75 years by Bonnier Corporation (home to such fine magazines as Saveur (yum), Popular Photography (yo snap), Parenting (oooh), and Popular Science (ahhh)), babytalk is the nation's oldest baby magazine.

Thanks so much to the folks at babytalk magazine and Hanging Mobile Gallery for your awesome and ongoing support. Very cool!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Mark Leary's Typewriter Mobile @ Atelier 6000 Upcycled Art Show - April 6-30, 2012

"1928 Underwood No. 3 Standard Typewriter ... sort of!"

As they say, one person's meat is another person's poison...

Oh wait a minute, nobody really says that, do they?

But, they do say one person's junk is another person's treasure...

Join me and a host of other upcycling artists as we fill Atelier 6000 with everyday stuffs that have been given a new lease on life in the form of artwork.

For the exhibition, I've created a free-form hanging art mobile made from the workings of a 1928 Underwood No. 3 Standard Typewriter.

I found the Underwood years ago in a back alley in Harrisonburg, VA. It was overgrown with vines and, if memory serves me, it had a can of PBR smashed into where a piece of paper should've been. I have slowly been creating "stuff" out of it ever since, including the eye of "
Rough the Dog" and almost all the parts of my doorbell (see below).

I'll also be showing "levolor 42" - my latest mobile made from used Levlor blinds.

The "Upcycled Art" exhibition runs from April 6th through April 30 at Atelier 6000 Printmaking Studio & Gallery (389 SW Scalehouse Ct., #120 Bend, OR 97702) just outside the Old Mill in Bend, Oregon.

From the gallery hosts:

"This exhibition highlights artists aiming at good usable design and real beauty taking the notion of reprocessing and conservation to a new height in original prints from collagraphic plates of found objects, as well as 2D and 3D mixed media art to create Upcycled Art."

Join me and the other artists at the opening reception on April 6th (as part of the First Friday Artwalk experience).

To learn more about Atelier 6000, click here ( Founder Patricia Clark and her crew are doing some *amazing* things there!

PS - Look for my mobiles in the May print edition of BabyTalk Magazine (more on that, a fun interview with the folks at Herman Miller, and some really exciting news in upcoming posts).

Thursday, February 16, 2012

how to make a mobile in 7 minutes or less (video)

okay, okay, if you don't want to lop off a finger or poke out an eye, making a modern mobile in seven minutes or less probably isn't possible ... unless you put it into VIDEO HYPERDRIVE like buddy & I did!

...proving once again that anything is possible, if not always perfect, when you start with a deep breath, keep your eyes OPEN, and give it your best.

what will you do the next time you have seven minutes to spare?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Mark’s Mobiles @ Milwaukee Art Museum

I am honored to announce that, beginning in January 2012, a selection of my mobiles will be available at the celebrated Milwaukee Art Museum ( in their amazing museum store.

When you think of the Brew City, Miltown, Mildoggy, The Mil, or just plain ol’ Milwaukee, do you think of a mecca for the world’s finest art, architecture and education?

If not, you should.

The Milwaukee Art Museum is iconic. It contains 20,000 works of art. Is visited by 300,000+ people a year. Offers some of the nation’s best educational art programs for kids of all ages. And, has been collecting art for over 120 years since its start as Milwaukee’s first art gallery way back in 1888.

The 341,000-square-foot museum is also one of the world’s most progressive architectural wonders and was designed by the likes of Eero Saarinen, David Kahler, and Santiago Calatrava.

I’m so pleased that a handpicked collection of my mobile designs will now be available in this premier destination for art and culture.

The museum’s tagline is “ART LIVES HERE.”

And, now, I’m thrilled to be living (t)here, too.

If you’re in Wisconsin or just have a few minutes to explore their site online, I highly encourage you to spend a day discovering all this marvelous museum located right on the shore of Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee has to offer.