Hemming and Hawing
September is a very full month if you're a parent with kids on a traditional school year calendar. This September was especially full, given two new schools for my 5th and 9th grade sons. As an artist mother, I was embarking on the decision whether to participate in the Thrive Together Network's bi-annual virtual artist residency, I was fearful it would be too much.
I'm thrilled to announce that I'm opening up dog portrait commissions again and supporting the Animal Protection Society of Durham during the month of August. In reviewing my history of making dog portraits, I recognized that I was building momentum in creating more portraits just prior to the Pandemic. With my relocation to NC, I've completed a couple, but haven't been able to promote them. My studio is almost 100% finished (enough that it is operable) and the renovations in our home are complete. Now, as we move into the Dog Days of Summer, I'm ready to officially open them up and donate 10% of the profits of all booked portraits to APS.
I've been making dog portraits since we rescued our first dog, Ringo, back in 2007. It started with just an oil pastel of him, roughly drawn on cardboard. I adore that drawing and have a dedicated spot in our powder room. At some point when I ran my studio/gallery in Newton, NJ, I began accepting dog portrait commissions, with one of the first subjects coming in for a photo shoot:
I was recently profiled by VoyageRaleigh, a California-based media outlet that has local bases focused on profiling creatives, entrepreneurs, and change-makers. The interviews are written by the individuals, in response to questions from VoyageRaleigh. I'm thrilled that I had the opportunity to share the path of my art career, which has currently landed in Durham, NC, by way of NJ.
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On November 19th - 20th you'll find me among 50 other local artists displaying during the annual Durham Art Walk Holiday Market. Hosted by the Durham Arts Council, this is an event with original art, fine crafts, live music and food. Artists will be exhibiting in booths outside of the Durham Arts Council, at 120 Morris Street, Durham, as well as inside the building around the galleries. You'll find me outside, not too far from the live music. Check out this beautiful interactive guide to find me, and other artists of interest.
This will be my second appearance at the juried market and I'll be bringing many of my small TeaScapes and Take a Seat series paintings, some original handpainted ARTaments featuring local spots, a small selection of TraillWorks yoga mats and throw pillows (which you can order on location if inventory runs out), and note cards, and a small number of limited edition giclée prints.
Due to managing my inventory, a limited number of prints, yoga mats, and throw pillows will be on hand. If you're local and coming to the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market, send me a note in your order and if I have the inventory we can arrange pickup that weekend. You can always order in advance for fulfillment in December. Shipping is available to people outside of Durham, NC, as well as local pickup in my studio.
If you plan on attending, send me an email so I know to look for you! Looks like the weather will be turning more seasonable, so dress warmly! Hoping for clear Carolina skies and good company.
As I'm just celebrating a full year living in Durham, NC, after moving from NJ, I'm starting up an opportunity I've done in the past. My SUMMER Give or Save Event runs from 7.10 - 7.20, where you have an opportunity to #GiveorSave with the purchase of selected works through my web site. With each order you can either save 20% off the cost of the artwork or donate 20% of the value to a charity. Here's how!
Choosing organizations to support has been a challenge recently - mostly due to the wealth of needs in our world right now, and my struggle to narrow it down to one non-profit. So, I've selected four organizations that will earn donations from me through sales of my work this month; if you choose to donate, you select the charity:
Just a Taste of What's Included
"Take a Seat" series of works, featuring chairs in unlikely locations, painted in vividly calm watercolors.
"Garden Watercolors" series of works journaling the changes in my gardens.
"TraillWorks Yoga Mats" featuring snippets of favorite TeaScape watercolors.
Giclées and Prints featuring some of my favorite paintings and original linocuts.
You'll also find my Note Cards and a sampling of Throw Pillows. Please keep in mind, I'm an individual artist who is also currently on the mend from various nutritional deficiencies (I talk more about this in my latest newsletter), so I'm filling orders slowly. I'm in the business of providing good service with high quality work, but that means that it might arrive slower than you're used to. If purchasing anything - please contact me with any concerns about delivery timing. I hope my work brings you joy and aids a little more financial support to organizations doing important work.
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Jennie Traill Schaeffer
Deemed the Kitchen God's Artist by NJ Savvy Living for my sainted appliances, I'm now known more for my vibrant, meditational paintings of chairs set surprisingly in landscapes. Since relocating to NC from NJ, mothering my two sons, and caring for our rescue pup, Cider, took the lead. Now, that my Durham home studio is renovated it's open again for virtual art coaching and the resumption of my personal art and commissions. The work I make is inspired by my joy of teaching, exploring nature, and traveling. On The Teaching Artist Blog, I share my approach to teaching and educate my readers about my creative process.
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