President and Founder
For over twenty years, Mark has been a leading contributor in helping the museum arts community bring complex visions to life. Early in his career, Mark spent years as an exhibit and production specialist on the East Coast from Florida to New York City. His experience working with large scale venues, eventually brought him to the West Coast as the lead project manager and chief preparator for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.In 1996, he founded Gizmo Art Production based on a need he saw for professional,and creative support to museums, collectors, and artists in need of outside logistical, creative, and practical support.
Liz is our project manager. She has a special knack for managing the complexities of multiple, evolving projects. Liz works with clients and colleagues to thoughtfully plan and communicate project needs. With a BA in Studio Art from Santa Clara University, an MA in Broadcast Communication from SFSU she brings wealth of multidisciplinary experience.
Jeremy is the Production Manager at Gizmo. He works closely with our designers, shop supervisors, digital fabricators, and subcontractors, as well as our in-house fabricators, to assure Gizmo’s timely delivery of high quality work. Jeremy has held a number of positions at Bay Area design and fabrication firms. He was a senior project manager at a studio specializing in metal and wood architectural elements, and also the quality assurance and control supervisor at a firm specializing in art and architectural fiberglass. He received a BS in mechanical engineering from Tulane University and an MFA, emphasis in sculpture, from the University of Michigan School of Art. Jeremy rides to Gizmo every day on his folding bike.
Tristan is in charge of sales at Gizmo. She spends her time getting to know new clients as well as helping them realize their artistic vision. Tristan is involved in all the estimates and proposals that Gizmo submits for future projects, working directly with Mark Sabatino, the owner. Her background is in art history and she previously sold art on cruise ships and worked with the family program at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz. Tristan studied Italian and art history in Italy. She secretly or not so secretly loves spreadsheets and color coding.
Heather has worked with Gizmo for 3 years and is the number wiz. She keeps track of all the purchasing and spending. Heather works closely with Mark, the owner, to make sure the finances are in order. She has a degree in interior design and even though she works the number side she has a keen eye for the arts. In her free time Heather crochets amigurumi creatures, and is a member of the “Calling all Choir” singing Group
Todd has been with Gizmo since 2010, and was part of the team that built Reuben Margolin’s “Nebula”, and has been an integral part of every art project we’ve completed. He is in charge of the crew and makes sure that everything gets completed in a timely manner. He is an all around handy guy who likes to think out of the box. He also enjoys painting in his freetime.
Eric has been in the fabrication business for over 30 years. He is a highly skilled, multi-disciplinary builder and maker. From large scale sculptural art pieces to mechanical controllers to complicated carpentry projects, Eric is in a local country western band called The B-Stars.
Machine Technician and Designer
Cole is our CNC technician. He takes care of our waterjet and 3-Axis CNC router, programs them, and makes sure parts are fabricated to our exacting standards. Previous to Gizmo, Cole worked with Hero Design, a small fabrication shop in West Oakland, and Spoke Systems, a bike rack manufacturer in San Francisco. He received his Bachelors of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in 2012, the same year he moved to California. Cole is also our resident photographer, and can recite Pi to fifty digits. Sometimes up to a hundred on a good day.
Fabrication and Install Specialist