I attended and spoke at the Maplewood Library this past Sunday for the opening of the 11 x 14 Exhibit by Studio Tour Artists. 29 works are currently on exhibit through May 30th by artists participating in this year's Studio Tour SOMA, set for Sunday, July 7th. There are so many more works to see, so stop by the library or visit me on June 7th during the Tour at JESPY House at 111 Milligan Pl, South Orange, NJ. A special thank you to artist, Louis Toledo, for the great shots during the opening! Learn more about the upcoming tour at traillworks.com/upcoming-exhibits.html.
I'm thrilled to announce that I'm participating in this year's SOMA Studio Tour, set for Sunday, June 7th. In anticipation of the event, the Maplewood Memorial Library is hosting a month-long exhibit of past and current Studio Tour Artists, all works 11" x 14".
I hope you'll join me on Saturday, May 16th for the opening at the Maplewood Memorial Library. Artists will be talking about their work, myself included, along with live music by Elvie & the Boys, a local acoustic group. The opening is from 2 - 3:30pm.
If I don't see you at the opening, please join me on the 7th of June for the Studio Tour. I'll be exhibiting at JESPY House in South Orange. I'll post a blog soon about the event, but in the meantime, learn more about the SOMA Studio Tour here.
Great news and an opportunity for you when you add my work to your collection! Throughout the month of May, when you purchase any of my work on Fine Art America, including: prints, iPhone cases, pillows, and even just a notecard, you will be rewarded with a $100 gift certificate towards your first purchase of wines at NakeWines.com!
I've browsed over the NakedWines.com site and it looks pretty neat! The company supports independent winemakers and offers wine at wholesale pricing through its "angel" supporters, or wine drinkers and enthusiasts.
A few caveats: you must be over 21 (duh!), you must purchase $160 worth of wine to redeem your voucher, and you must be a first time buyer at NakedWines.com. LEARN MORE about the promotion at Fine Art America.
I've added a few new images to my profile and of course, if there's something from my website that you love, but don't see on my Fine Art America profile page, let me know and I can see about uploading it!
I've been struggling recently with something less tangible than my artwork: my name. I'm from Generation X, or so I'm told by a recent online game. I was born in 1977, so now you know my age, and raised to be and do whatever I want. Both a blessing and a curse.
But with that freedom comes questions and uncharted territory, and mistakes. So, when I got married ten years ago, I wasn't certain what do do with my name. I had started my artistic career and all of my works had been signed "Schaeffer," my maiden, or as another artist called it recently, my birth name. At the age of 26 (I turned 27 the week after our wedding) I was among the first of my friends to marry. I had many conversations with the few who were marrying about their naming decisions. Should I keep my birth name, should I lose it and take on my husband's name, Goldberg? Or should I lose my middle name, Traill, shift my birth name, Schaeffer, to my middle, and take my husband's as my last? Should I hyphenate? And then, what should I go by for my business and what are the legal / social ramifications of those choices?
I had no idea, few had any real experiences to share, so I decided on the following since I was already creating and selling work: keep my middle name Traill (my business name is built upon that name; I'll write more on that in a future post) and use my birth name, Schaeffer, in my business, use my husband's name, Goldberg, socially and legally hyphenate Schaeffer-Goldberg.
Experience is simply the name which we give our mistakes. Oscar Wilde
Well, ten years and two kids later with one in elementary school, all of my decisions are proving frustrating. Now that I'm meeting people socially in school, but also wanting to associate myself and son with my business, all of these names are just too darn confusing.
So, here's where I am now. I have begun signing my work with TRAILL. It is the name associated most with my artwork and business (TraillWorks), and it's easier to sign legibly than Schaeffer. I'm beginning to introduce myself as Schaeffer-Goldberg. It's the only way I see to make it easier for people to learn about my artwork and also associate me with my son, and my husband as well. Yikes!
I've always been someone who hates conflict and wants to have my cake and eat it, too. So I'm going with the longer name, which will allow me to stop over-explaining who I am and why I made the choice, and started signing my work with TRAILL.
Married women artists, what did you choose for your name? Please share with me and let's start a conversation. If you're a younger artist, embarking on marriage, feel free to comment or ask questions.
Jennie Traill Schaeffer
Sometimes called the Kitchen God's Artist, I'm balancing mothering two energetic sons, a big mutt Ringo, making and teaching art. TraillWorks is the apron under which I create and teach. My own art develops mostly in my West Orange home studio, but is sometimes spurred through my teaching.
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