Events

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

Deidre Scherer, “Harlequin Peaches”, 9.5 x 8″, thread on layered fabric, 2021

MITCHELL • GIDDINGS FINE ARTS
181-183 Main Street • Brattleboro, VT 05301
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“Connection”

Deidre Scherer, “Connection”, 8 x 9.5 inches, thread on layered fabric

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.


Art Inspiring Us to Go Bold

All Hands On Deck 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.


Commissioned Portrait

Earlier this year, I began and completed a commission to honor a family’s patriarch in “Paternal Portrait”.

PATERNAL PORTRAIT,  2021, thread on layered fabric, 12 x 10 inches


Double 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.   

EDIE AND JACKIE, thread on layered fabric, 25 x 20 inches

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

Edie and Jackie at the unveiling of their portrait, Summer 2020 


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!

First few pages of "Everyday Mermaid"

First few pages of “Everyday Mermaid”


My Work is Represented in Brattleboro by

Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts  * 183 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301 * 802.251.8290

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Making the Cut, thread on layered fabric, 11 x 9 inches, 2020


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

2018 Hastings Center Special Report, cover image, “Treasure”, and cover for “Perspectives In Biology and Medicine”, Johns Hopkins University Press, “In Thought” from the collection of the Dr. Bernard Heller Museum, NYC.


Fred F. Scherer, Artist, Diorama Painter, 1915 – 2013 

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

Painted by Fred F. Scherer in the Hall of North American Birds, courtesy of the AMNH.


Cicely Aikman, Artist, Poet, 1923 – 2013

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 Aikman, “The Cove”

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