Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
Creative Edge: A group exhibit of 20 gallery artists
March 19 – May 1, 2022 Exhibit Opens – Saturday, March 19, 5 -7 pm
MITCHELL • GIDDINGS FINE ARTS
181-183 Main Street • Brattleboro, VT 05301
This newest commission of two clasped hands is based on a deep and loving relationship that has spanned many years. I fulfilled and framed this work after the fracture of my right wrist (six weeks in a cast and six weeks in physical therapy to regain my strength and dexterity) … it’s as if the strength of their connection resonated in my healing. Now, available as a print.
My poster, “All Hands On Deck”, has been included in GO BOLD, an on-line exhibit at the Environmental Defense Fund site: https://www.edf.org/art-inspiring-us-go-bold This feels especially urgent since the United Nations on August 9th called a “code red for humanity” clearly stating that the planet is dangerously hot and it is human-caused. “All Hands On Deck” is available through my Prints page.
Earlier this year, I began and completed a commission to honor a family’s patriarch in “Paternal Portrait”.
Starting with a photo shoot in October 2018, I began a project to immortalize two creative women and their relationship. This commission proved to be an adventure that only was completed in July 2020 when Edie and Jackie received their portrait.
In their own words: “I feel the spirituality in you that expresses itself in the meditative way you perceive and relate to us as individuals and as a couple. I feel seen, understood, accepted, and respected.” …Jackie
“There is a gentleness and unity in the narrative that you tell in this portrait. …the image-maker and the sitters equally strong in their creative agency. Your work of thread on fabric holds the DNA of our women’s culture within its design, medium, and subject matter.” …Edie
Everyday Mermaid is Available!
California poet and friend Christina Isobel and I have been working on our book collaboration for many years. In responding visually to her poetry, I discovered a vibrant language of symbolic abstraction. Now we are PUBLISHED -to order a copy, visit Christina’s Amazon page!
My Work is Represented in Brattleboro by
Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts * 183 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301 * 802.251.8290
MY WORK ON COVERS:
My work, CHILD AND MOTHER, is featured on the inside cover of the Plough Quarterly’s Winter Issue 2021 which focuses on disability: www.plough.com
March 1st was the 107th anniversary of Fred F. Scherer’s birthday!
My father was an early and steady influence on my art making. As a child, I’d play hooky by commuting with him down to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City where I’d spend the day roaming the halls while he painted. Many times I’d sit on the edge of a diorama watching him work. 2018 is the 103rd anniversary of his birth. I welcome and encourage you to visit and celebrate his life’s work: fredfscherer.com
Cicely as a painter and as my stepmother had a strong and supportive impact on my work. Her fierce individuality encouraged my search for my own distinct voice. Please visit and enjoy her web site and work at cicelyaikman.com
Cicely’s free and lush use of form, line and color has had a great and lasting impact on how I see the world -and how I think as I work. She is in my mind when I take pleasure in a moment of light, when I discern the uniqueness of a shade, and the simplicity of a curve. She was a master in paint before her time. …Deidre Scherer