Dreams of Summer

Posted on June 24th, 2013 by jennyscheu

 "Dreams of Summer" © Jenny Scheu, 2013 Watercolor and gouache 12.5"  x  7.5"

“Dreams of Summer”   •   Jenny Scheu, © 2013
Watercolor and gouache  •  12.5″ x 7.5″

17 June 2013
Greetings all,
Summer is coming to Maine, with the solstice arriving later this week. We all love the longer light! It has been a very busy and productive stretch for me. and I expect more of the same all summer long. My friend, designer Lucian Burg, shared Ira Glass’ recipe for success with me:

“The secret of success in creative work is to do a lot of work.”

I recently sold three paintings at the MECA sale to benefit artists and their scholarship program. The staff at MECA is passionate about the importance of art in our world, and about raising a generation of artists who have the skills to make a living. With Creative Portland, MECA has held a series of workshops on professional development which have been beyond excellent. Every bit of the
information from these sessions is available online: PortlandArts.org/PDS

I had two of my recent monotypes selected from the Peregrine Press Flat files for exhibition at Patricia Ladd Carega’s Gallery at 12 Main Street in Center Sandwich NH 03227. The gallery has a wonderful focus on contemporary art, and the area is lovely. So slow down, and stop in if you are in that area this summer and early fall!

I am a new member of Art Collector Maine, and am now posting images of my work there: www.artcollectormaine.com

I applied toThe Hewnoaks Artist Colony for a summer residency and have just learned that I have beennvited there for several weeks in late July and early August! I am excited by the prospect of time outside the bounds of my studio, and expect to DRAW everyday, building on a drawing practice started with wonderful Alex Rheault class last summer… LOTS of loose freewheeling drawings using ink, charcoal, pastel and other media which not part of current studio practice. And, this urbanite is excited by the prospect of being in that lovely Kezar Lake setting with a group of other artists. The Hewnoaks Artist Colony is new, and the property has a fascinating history.. a century of summer gatherings of artists: www.hewnoaks.org

I would add to Ira Glass’ recipe for creative success the benefits of shaking things up! New materials, new orientation, new subject, new size.. all sorts of large or small changes to move one’s creative work forward. To this end, and on the recommendation of my great friend, printmaker/book artist Lynn Agnew, I have signed up for a week at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts: a QUILTS course with Jeannette D. Meyer. Lynn sang her praises as a most inspiring teacher of color and composition. I can barely thread a needle, but I love fabrics and color. I am very impressed by the beauty of Jeannette Meyers’s work: www.jdmeyer.com

River Tree Arts Exhibition

Posted on April 5th, 2013 by jennyscheu


ABSTRACT: An exhibit of color, shape & form

River Tree Arts, Kennebunk, Maine

Opening Reception: Friday, April 5th, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

I will have 5 pieces included in this show which will run from April 5th to April 27th. Stop in if you have a chance. River Tree Arts is located at 35 Western Avenue, Kennebunk, Maine.

FMI: rivertreearts.org

Here is a late 2012 work called “Orb”, a small watercolor/gouache painting. Perhaps the Maine cold turns me to the cadmium, vermillion, and magenta, though those of you who know me well, know that saturated color has been important to me since I was young. My 6th grade art teacher at the Old Greenwich School, Ernest Rustia, turned us on to Paul Klee. Betty Warner, a neighbor with a vividly colorful house and welcoming spirit, was a wonderful and positive presence in my life.

As noted here, I currently have paintings in a juried “Abstract” show in the Irvine Gallery at River Tree Arts in Kennebunk, Maine. The show opened on April 5th and runs through April 27th. They requested submittals of five works, and accepted all five of my paintings for the show. It is a nice light filled gallery in the the adjacent – and tony – commercial district of Kennebunk/ Kennebunkport.

I have been working on bigger and looser paintings this winter, experimenting with some drawings, and colorful monoprints and silkscreen at the Peregrine Press studio. Shawn Brewer, printmaker and non-profit arts activist, gave a wonderful gouache silkscreen workshop there. Look into his blog at the following link: brewerarts.blogspot.com

On the design front, I have designed two Vinyasa yoga studios (up and running in South Portland and West Falmouth) for Greener Postures Yoga. Heidi MacVane and Danielle Morin are the wonderful, smart, energetic, and talented brains and inspiration there. They have had my hand drawn schematic floor plan framed and on the wall. Absolutely no greater honor for this architect!
Between the two studios they offer ninety classes per week: www.greenerposturesyoga.com

Please take note that Greenhut Galleries will be turning the gallery space over to artist Roy Germon on Sunday, May 5th from 11am to 2pm. Roy is a wonderful painter, and it is a special opportunity to see a body of his work before it goes downeast to Littlefield Gallery in Winterport for his solo show there in June and summer 2013: www.littlefieldgallery.com

A big shout out to Andy Verzosa and Aucocisco Galleries for showcasing twenty-four local artists in a series of short gallery shows throughout April, May, and June 2013: www.aucocisco.com

Finally, the 2013 ARCHITALX lectures have started up on Thursday nights at Portland Museum through April..It is the 25th year. The first lecturer, architect Brian Phillips of ISA in Philly, was beyond inspirational. Portland’s Planning Board just OK’d a 16+ story behemoth apt /retail building in Bayside, which is completely out of character for our city. ISA’s work- and the work of numerous Portland architects: Winton Scott, Ben Walter, David Lloyd, and many others- provide fine examples of the many ways that quality residential life in urban communities SHOULD be planned and built.

To Be Of Use

Posted on February 19th, 2013 by jennyscheu

Uganik, Cut Papers Collage, 12.5" x 9.5" © 2012

Uganik, Cut Papers Collage, 12.5″ x 9.5″ © 2012

“To Be Of Use”

Poem by Marge Piercy

The people I love best
jump into work head first
without dallying in the shallows
and swim off with sure strokes, almost out of sight.
They seem to become natives of that element
the black sleek heads of seals,
bouncing like half submerged balls.

I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart,
who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience
who strain in the mud and muck to move things forward
who do what has to be done, again and again.

I want to be with people who submerge
in the task, go into the fields to harvest
and work in a row and pass the bags along
who stand in the line, and haul in their places
who are not parlor generals and field deserters
but move in a common rhythm
when the food must come in or the fire be put out.

The work of the world is as common as mud
Botched it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.
But the thing worth doing well done
has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.
Greek amphoras for wine or oil
Hopi vases that held corn are put in museums
but you know they were made to be used.
The pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is real.