Scherer’s observations…in textiles are like soulful paintings. I left the exhibition with a heightened sense of the precious fragility of life…Here is an art that gives generously to its audience.”         …Robert Amos, Times Colonist, Victoria, BC, March 2, 2006

Surrounded by Family & Friends is a series of six life-sized thread-on-fabric tableaus that depict culturally diverse family groups and individuals who are caring for a loved one who is dying. This work invites a broad spectrum of response about dying as a natural part of life within the context of community and relationship. Scherer received the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine’s 2008 Humanities Award and the Rhode Island School of Design’s 2010 Alumni Association Award for Artistic Achievement  “for the innovative medium of textile art she has developed, and for her thought-provoking investigations of our society’s views of aging, reflections on life, death, family relationships and the welfare of future generations.”

“I was introduced to your work as a second-year medical student at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in Huntington, WV. Our assignment is to study each piece in your “Surrounded by Family and Friends” series and submit a reflection for each.”   -Joseph Chirico

For exhibitions and presentations, contact For catalogue, see Surrounded by Family & Friends.