Q&A With Local Jeweller Dina Gonzalez Mascaro

March 11, 2009.

One or twice a week Scout poses 60 questions to a local who has made life in BC that much more interesting. They pick and choose which ones they’d prefer to answer, with a minimum response rate of 20. A Rorschach test, for sure…

Dina Gonzalez Mascaro is an artist from Argentina now living in Vancouver. Her work has been exhibited in commercial galleries and artist-run centres in Argentina and in Vancouver, Banff, and Toronto. Mascaro holds a Masters degree in Fine Arts with a major in sculpture from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a jeweller, Dina is self-taught. Her jewellery is her sculpture. In July of 2008, she opened JewellerBau Gallery 42 – a studio and shop located on Main Street.


Scout Q&A

Three things about your neighbourhood that make you want to live there: Mount Pleasant: easy going, working class, not pretentious.

The thing that you eat that is bad for you that you will never stop eating: ICE CREAM.

Default drink: Black beer.

Drink you’ll never have again: Ginebra (like vodka but stronger)

The first thing that you thought when you saw Vancouver: “What a clean city!”

Favourite Vancouver bridge: The Alex Fraser.

Best Vancouver patio: My friend Megan Ellis’s patio.

One thing you’d like to change about Vancouver: The lack of culture.

What made you decide to become a jeweller: Instant and fun job.

Cheap place for dinner: My home or “The Foundation”.

Book you’re reading: “The Man Game” by Lee Henderson.

Last place traveled: The Okanagan.

Biggest fear: Don’t see my parents again.

If you could rename yourself: Coch.

Your ancestry: Argentinians coming from Spain (Basque Republic).

Under what circumstances would you join the army: Under no circumstance.

Your paternal grandfather’s personal story: My grandfather was a gambler – for that reason sometimes he and his family lived in palaces and sometimes in slum. He changed homes 34 times. He died when I was 1 year old…He worked in the famous café Tortoni as a waiter.

Dumbest purchase ever: Madonna tickets for her BC Place concert.

What are you proud of: Joelle my partner and Burana and Rudy (my dogs)

The thing that makes you the angriest: At this time, the apathy of Vancouverites…

Saddest thing about Vancouver: Downtown East Side.

Ice cream flavour: Pistachio.

Most beautiful body of water: A cave in Banff with a secret green lake.

Food your mom makes better than anyone: Pasta.

Talent you wish you possessed: The language chip.

The trend you wish you never followed, but did: Cocaine.

Musical instrument you long to play: Bandoneón (Argentinian accordion).

Sport you gave up: Basketball.

Grooming products: None.

The game you’re best at: None.

Mac or PC: Some Mac.

Favourite sports team: River Plate (Argentinian soocer team).

The number of fist fights you’ve been in: With my identical twin sister, at least 3000.

The scariest situation you’ve ever been in: In a slum between a gang of very scary people and the police.

Three things of no value that you will keep until you die: A mechanical pencil (a gift from my best friend), books of my drawings, and pictures of all my dogs.

Local person you admire most: Gordon Smith, the painter.

The thing you’re most ashamed of: Being depressed.

Best concert experience ever: Bjork at Deer Lake Park.

Dream car: 1965 Porsche, black with brown interior.

The dish you’re proud of: Milanesas con papas fritas.

The thing that makes you the most nervous: Waiting.

Town you were born in: Tres Arroyos, province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Old television shows you can tolerate re-runs of: Kung Fu with David Carradine.

First memory: Looking in a mirror with my twin sister during the siesta. We were one and a half.

Album that first made you love music: My dad’s Benny Goodman collection.

The career path you considered but never followed: Architecture.

The one country that you have no interest in ever visiting: China.

Three websites you visit every day: Argentinian news papers, fotolog and my blog.

The first three things you do every morning: Make mate and drink it and take the dogs out.

The thing you’re addicted to: No more addiction for me…thanks.

Biggest hope: These days, that Obama changes some game rules…

Luckiest moment of your life: The day I was born…

Favourite book as a child As a child: I was all about sports, but at 12 or 13 Steppenwolf by Herman Hess was my favorite.


Visit JewellerBau gallery 42, at 2408 Main Street in Vancouver to see Dina’s fantastic work.

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