18 ARTISTS – 44 DAYS at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts

Deidre Scherer, COME STAND BY ME, torn paper construction, 16 x 20″

“Come Stand By Me”, 2018 (catalogue front cover)

Five of my pieces, including “Come Stand By Me”  are now at the MGFA. “Come Stand By Me” graced the Heller Museum’s exhibition catalogue cover and has not been seen locally until now.

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts celebrates the new year with a large group exhibit, 18 Artists – 44 Days, opening with an artist reception on Saturday, February 3 from 5:00-7:00 PM. The exhibition continues through March 17 and features a diverse selection of paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture by Mucuy Bolles, Eric Boyer, David Brewster, Fran Bull, Bruce Campbell, Liz Chalfin, Willa Cox, Gay Malin, Emily Mason, Chuck Olson, Susan Osgood, Erika Radich, Donald Saaf, Deidre Scherer, Helen Schmidt, Cameron Schmitz, Jim Urbaska and Dan Welden.

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts

181-183 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301

(802) 251-8290

Thurs. – Sat. 11 – 5, Sun. 12 – 5


CICELY AIKMAN: From Friendship to Florida

 on view until April 14, 2024 at the Caldbeck Gallery.

Opening Reception First Friday: March 1st, 5 – 7 PM

Cicely Aikman (1923-2013) 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

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

“Holding Our Own”

My series, “Surrounded by Family and Friends” is featured in Camilla Rockwell’s documentary film, HOLDING OUR OWN: EMBRACING THE END OF LIFE, which was screened at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and broadcast on Vermont Public Television. It is now viewable for free on YouTube.

Cover of Camilla Rockwell’s video “Holding Our Own”, Deidre Scherer’s image: “Open Window”

HOLDING OUR OWN is still available as a DVD through Producer/Director Camilla Rockwell at


The Robert L. Crowell Art Collection

The Robert L. Crowell Art Collection will be up through the end of February, 2024. The gallery, once a 200-year-old barn owned by the library, was transformed into an eclectic art venue by Bob Crowell and his wife, Muriel in 2000. Contemporary pieces by Johnny Swing, Deidre Scherer, Mallory Lake, Jim Florschutz, Jules Olitski, Emily Mason and Wolf Kahn hang alongside works by Janet Fish, Eric Aho, Roger Sandes, Marcy Hermansader, James Urbaska, and others. Come visit during library hours.

Lee Anne Parker, Volunteer, Crowell Art Gallery, Moore Free Library, Newfane, VT  Library & Gallery Hours: Tues 1-5, Wed 1-5, Thurs 1-6, Fri 1-5, Sat 10-1


My Work is Represented at Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts

Deidre Scherer, “Heroic Garlic”, 11 x 9″, thread on fabric

Mitchell Gidding Fine Arts, 181 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301 802.251.8290


Acquisition by the RISD Museum

“Sisters, Sitting”, my thread-on-fabric work, is now in the collection of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum at 20 N. Main Street in Providence, RI. Created in honor of Hildegard Bachert and Edith Schnabel, this double portrait was recently donated by Dorothy Kerzner Lipsky.

Deidre Scherer, “Sisters, Sitting”, 2004, thread-on-fabric, 29 x 29″, by gift from Dorothy Kerzner Lipsky to the RISD Museum

“I have such deep appreciation for Deidre’s stunning work and for Dorothy’s support and generosity in bringing this wonderful piece to the RISD Museum. …So striking! I’m transported by the level of detail overall, but especially in the sisters’ eyes, which reveal such profundity, humanity, and personality. And the hand gestures! So much to pore over and to feel…”
…Kate Irvin, Curator and Department Head, Textiles, RISD Museum


Acquisition: Bennington Museum

My thread on fabric work, “Stories”, has been officially added to the Bennington Museum’s permanent collection through the generous donation of collectors, Sharron and Frank Kropa. In 1988, a detail of “Stories” appeared on the cover of Threads Magazine along with a six page article that I wrote about my work. The Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201 Phone: 802.447.1571

“Stories”, 1986, thread on fabric, 21 x 21 inches, Bennington Museum, Gift of Sharron and Frank Kropa

“Stories”, 1988, Threads Magazine


Acquired by the Racine Museum

“Hands of Light”, a collaboration I did with Jackie Abrams, is part of the permanent collection of the Racine Museum of Art. Currently it’s in an exhibition titled Vignettes: Concentrated Views of RAM’s Collection, which runs through August 19, 2023. For more information, visit Racine Art Museum, 441 Main Street, Racine, WI 53403 Phone: 262.638.8300

Jackie Abrams and Deidre Scherer, Hands of Light, 2018, Print on cotton paper and wire, 15 3/8 x 6.5 x 6.5 “, Racine Art Museum, Gift of Jackie Abrams


Exhibition at Mobilia Gallery

Jackie Abrams and Deidre Scherer’s Collaborations


SHADOW TOWER, Abrams & Scherer, 2018, print on cotton paper, silk tissue, wire, 11.5″H x 7.5 x 8″

Four of our vessel collaborations are featured in honor of Jackie Abrams’ legacy. Jackie and I spent two years creating together and making 20 collaborative pieces many of which have found homes such as the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin. For information on location and hours, visit Mobilia Gallery, 348 Huron Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138. Phone: 617 876.2109


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

This 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.

Commissioned Portrait

In 2021, 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, CHILD AND MOTHER, is featured on the inside cover of the Plough Quarterly’s Winter Issue 2021 which focuses on disability:

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 108th 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:

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