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Michael Baron

A would-be architect from age 10 while growing up on Long Island, New York in the 1950s and 60s, Michael Baron attended Syracuse University's School of Architecture. A month into his freshman year, he decided that would not be his calling. Instead, he pursued a degree in Psychology, moving to New Mexico in 1972 to attend graduate school at the University of New Mexico. In 1978, swept up by Lobomania, he became the first Lobo mascot in The Pit. A few months later, he completed his PhD and began his private practice as a clinical psychologist.

His fascination with wood, forged in his childhood, would emerge briefly with log furniture and log landscaping. Meeting his wife Pamina at the 1988 National Scrabble Championship, and proposing to her on a Scrabble board, he would sell off his Man Cave log furniture, and had their home built in Corrales in 1991. In 2005, he built their daughter Melina a treehouse, his largest wood creation to date. When his therapy clients began falling through his nearly 30-year-old office furniture, he ordered new leather swivel chairs, and realized a wall partition would be needed. When he came up with a rendering of what it might look like, with tree slices glommed together, and got an estimate from a subcontractor, Melina advised, "Dad, you should make your own!" He discovered dowels would be ideal. 

Since January 2012, Baron has gone from a wall partition to dowel furniture to wood wall art, with this year's Big Bang Blue his first "2.5 Dimensional Functional Art ©" piece, merging tabletop with and as wall art. Baron forges a new and unique art genre: dowel furniture, dowel mosaics, wood wall art, and more, merging form and function in exciting ways. He emphasizes curvilinear design, with a palette that includes birch, cherry, mahogany, maple, oak, pine, poplar, turquoise, and walnut. A participant in a handful of juried shows the past two years, the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival being his most recent, his Continuum is featured on the November 2015 cover of American Psychologist.

Baron is a CSA/NMAM member. He won everyone's hearts last year at the CAST Preview Gallery with his large coffee table size, wood dowel art - Big Blue. In addition to his wood works, He is also a world recognized scrabble player and if you meet him, he may give you his special cheat sheet of 100 two letter words.