Ambassador Team 5

Ambassador Team 5 - Jameson FinkMary Ann Peters and Sierra Stinson. Get to know these three as they dig into OtB's performance world. Find them in the lobby at shows and attend their events throughout the rest of our 13/14 season.

Check back for more info on their projects over the next two months.

Related Events:
12 Minutes Max | Curation
NW New Works Festival | Sky Potluck
NW New Works Artist Interviews | Wine with Jameson
Read Jameson's thoughts on the artist interviews on his personal blog.
Read more about the artist interviews on the Grape Collective

Jameson Fink took his MA in History and, naturally, ended up working in the wine business. He has spent the last 10 years living in Seattle and working at a variety of wine shops (Esquin Wine Merchants) and wine departments (QFC Broadway Market) as well as the charming space that is Bottlehouse in Madrona. Jameson has also been a wine writer and blogger for that entire span, currently Contributing Editor at Grape Collective. Besides Washington, he lived in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Arizona, and Utah. Jameson has traveled the globe to write about wine, visiting vineyards in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, France, Greece, Portugal, and Italy, and currently spends a lot of his free time networking with the food and wine crowd in Seattle. You can keep up with his wine-centric thoughts on his blog

“My travels have certainly shaped who I am and how I look at the world with a critical eye. I’m constantly curious and welcoming of new discoveries and perspectives. And the theoretical bent of my background in history always has me digesting things through a unique prism.”

On what occasion do you lie?
I can assure you that I do not in any of the follow questions.

How do you know the night is over?
Trust your instincts. Of course, it took me twenty years to develop non-lousy instincts.

What do you try to avoid on a daily basis?
Complacency. 

Do you have a nickname?
I had a grade school teacher who called me "J.R." as an homage to the popularity of J.R. Ewing of the TV show "Dallas". Unfortunately, it was her shorthand for "Jameson Rat" Fink, which she bellowed at me when I was goofing off. 

Who are your favorite writers?
Favorite books: The Master and Margarita, Madam Bovary, The Cold Six Thousand. Also, I remember really being affected by The Phantom Tollbooth as a child. Having a crush on my babysitter who gave me a copy had something to do with it, but it was the first time I remember a book transporting me into another world.

Mary Ann Peters has been a practicing artist for 35 years and an artist activist on many fronts from First Amendment rights to artist housing.  She served as board president of the National Campaign for Freedom of Expression (NCFE) and is a co-founder of COCA. Mary Ann has worked in women's prisons with Seattle artist Pat Graney, with Palestinian and Arab girls in a peace camp, as a speaker about the importance of artist voices in social/political discourse.  Mary Ann’s family is Lebanese so she pay a lot of attention to the Middle East.  Her most recent exhibitions incorporate topics from the region.  Mary Ann tends to now be in mentoring positions with younger artists whose work is currently being assessed.  She has done multiple large scale private commissions with Olson/Kundig Architects and public arts projects here (Port of Seattle Headquarters, University Medical Center, Bailey/Boushay House) and  at the University of Texas, San Antonio and is currently working on a project for Sound Transit. 

“I have been fortunate to bridge generations in this city over the arts.  My community is young and old.  The fact that I'm easy going and use that well to introduce people who might not be on each other's radars is worthwhile.  And I enjoy it.  I also have no trouble doing public speaking or running interference for organizations over controversial issues.  I enjoy that too.  I was raised to be tactful which is helpful in this regard. I'm either really interesting to you or a total wash.  Hoping the first.”

On what occasion do you lie?
I lie when the point of lying is to avoid a situation which inevitably includes, in my mind, a way around hurting someone’s feelings.

How do you know the night is over?
The night is over when I’m thinking about sleep more than I’m paying attention to wherever the night has taken me.

What do you try to avoid on a daily basis?
I try to avoid on a daily basis wanting to be somewhere else.

Do you have a nickname?
My nickname is M.A. 

Who are your favorite writers?
Favorite writers? This changes on a daily basis. For the sake of an answer I’ll go local and completely biased.....Mary Bruno, Marschel Paul, Frances McCue, Erik Larson

Sierra Stinson is a Northern California native, born to hippy parents who took her on many road trips throughout the western states of North America. She has lived and worked in Seattle for most of her adult life and is the founder and curator of Vignettes, a one night only exhibition space inside her apartment on Capitol Hill. She also co-founded ONN/OF a light festival and self published Sun Worshipers, a print compendium of works by 26 artists who represent Seattle's unique circumspection and vitality. Sierra has helped organize and curate NEPO 5K Don't Run since 2012, a literal art walk from the ID to Beacon Hill including 60+ artists and performers along the route. All of Sierra's projects are focused on enabling a creative outlet wherever she is within her means.

“Throughout my education both in and out of institutions I have grown to work collaboratively with artists and individuals of all disciplines, to learn from one another and create something greater than our individual self. I hope to continue this practice constructively through curating, creating, and conversation.”

On what occasion do you lie?
When it comes to student loan payments

How do you know the night is over?
When you wake up.

What do you try to avoid on a daily basis?
assholes

Do you have a nickname?
My niece calls me 'Seeewa'

Who are your favorite writers?
Roald Dahl, Isabel Allende, J.D. Salinger, & Alan Watts

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