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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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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Since moving to Durham, NC, I've joined two Artist / Mother groups - one a global network and second, a local, in person group based in the Triangle. It's been a boon of education, support and collaboration. I've done everything from getting involved in a professional development course, called Wearing All the Hats, to participating in a one-month Virtual Artist Mother Residency during February all through the Artist/Mother Network (both an online community, as well as a podcast). Now, the local group has gotten together to participate in a group show that is part of a global initiative of women artists taking up space (developed through the collaboration of the Artist Mother Network and the Thrive Artist Network.
Opening on Friday, May 6th, from 6 - 8pm, at the Pocket Gallery in Raleigh, NC, and running through the month of May, Taking Up Space includes a group of eight women artists living around the Triangle, specifically in Durham, Hillsborough, and Raleigh. The Pocket Gallery is the working studio and and gallery of artist/owner, Caitlin Cary, who is showing us and exhibiting with us in her space. We are just one of 80 shows that will be hosted globally!
Featured artists include: Caitlin Cary - Jean Gray Mohs - Natalia Torres del Valle - Kelly Sheppherd Murray - Susan Martin - Joanna Moody - Jennie Traill Schaeffer - Shanny Kohli
The work women artists create is important and deserves to be seen by our communities. “13.7% of living artists represented by galleries in Europe and North America are women,” according to Julia Halperin of artnet News in “The 4 Glass Ceilings: How Women Artists Get Stiffed at Every Stage of their Careers," cited by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. This all-inclusive exhibition is the beginning of a yearly invitation for female-identifying artists to exhibit work and invite our communities to view important contemporary art made by living working women artists. This is the beginning of a large community project to bring women artists into conversation with each other.
LEARN MORE about the show here.
Works possibly included by Jennie Traill Schaeffer. You can learn more about these works on Jennie's Instagram feed. AND, follow #TAKINGUPSPACE2022 on Instagram.
On Friday, 4/22/22 at noon, I'll be offering an intimate tour of my new studio in Durham, NC, on Zoom. This has been a work of love, that has been in progress since July of 2021, after we moved from NJ. This room has faced a lot of challenges since we bought the home remotely, gasp, in 2021. I know - crazy, right? It was the only way in the current real estate market in the Triangle.
Anyway, the back story: we bought the house with the 3rd floor finished, however we learned just a day prior to closing that permits had never been taken out on the work. We were told if we wanted to resell the house based on the square footage we were buying, we would need to permit the space. That meant we might need to tear down all of the drywall and redo rough inspections of electrical and HVAC. This was beyond a headache, but fortunately we found an amazing electrician who was able to work within reason with the building inspector and get access points to the electrical without tearing down the drywall. He did find some problems which he corrected.
We then learned through our HVAC professional that the room had been shared with the 2nd floor zone and to be up to code, needed to be on it's own zone. Given the labyrinth of ductwork that was done, they felt it best to take the 3rd floor off the 2nd floor zone, and install a mini-split system. Geez!
Once all of that work was done, we finally embarked on removing the wall to wall carpeting. My handyman pulled out the rug - which was a huge help in getting us over the overwhelm of starting the project. Next, my husband learned how to build a floating wall - by sinking 2 x 4s into the floor joists below. Then sometime in January, we started laying the vinyl plank flooring I took some time to source and purchase. Finally in March I embarked on a Facebook Marketplace hunt for specific pieces that I needed to store everything I still had boxed from NJ. I found four really good finds - I'll point them out on the tour.
We are close to finish - the floating wall needs drywall, spackel and paint, and we need to finish installing finishing trim around 1/3 of the room. Then, I'm thinking about repainting a wall or two - that might come later . . . we'll see!
If you have some time at noon, EST, on Friday, RSVP below to get an invite for the Zoom. Who knows, I might even have some art hanging! PS - I can also tell you about an upcoming exhibit, part of the #TakingUpSpace2022 initiative, with the Artist Mothers Triangle area below, opening in Raleigh, NC, next month.
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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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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