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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Zinnia Swirl was the winner! Thank you to everyone who submitted responses to my survey and who entered the giveaway for a weekender bag. Ann from West Orange, NJ, was the lucky recipient and the bag is in transit.
I'm thrilled with the result; the proof will be in the pudding, so to speak, this weekend when it is made available in person at the Durham Arts Walk Holiday Market. I'll be exhibiting at a booth on 120 Morris Street, next to the Durham Arts Council (host of the walk). You can visit the art walk on Saturday, November 20th from 10 - 5pm and on Sunday, November 21st from 1 - 5pm.
I'll be showing works from my TeaScape, Take a Seat series and possibly some Red Carpet Icons. An assortment of TraillWorks Yoga Mats, and NEW: face masks and throw pillows. Additionally, I'll have a selection of note cards and prints available.
Throughout the weekend there will be 74 artists showing, plus food trucks and a schedule of live music. Please stop by and introduce yourself, and don't forget your mask!
Jennie Traill Schaeffer
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HELLO y'all, I'm hosting a Giveaway!!!! In honor of my first appearance in a show in Durham, NC, I'm selecting a new yoga mat design to offer at the Durham Holiday Art Walk in November. Lucky for you, you don't need to live in Durham to help me out. All I need from you is your selection of a favorite mat design, and for your time, you'll be entered into a giveaway for a weekender bag, featuring Hot Stress Relief.
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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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