At Night, thread on fabric, 36 x 48 inches

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 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 a Fine Arts Fellowship from the Open Society’s Project on Death in America to complete the series. She was honored by 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.”

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LAYERS, thread on fabric, 15 x 13”, frame 25 x 22”

The Last Year, a series of ten thread on fabric works, portrays the final months in the life of an elderly woman. With compassion and respect, they chronicle the woman’s journey toward death, from the onset of her decline, through brief reprieves of renewed strength, and finally, to acceptance and release. Each work depicts a visually compelling moment, while raising universal and social issues that surround the processes of aging, dying and grieving. Scherer notes that her work “…provokes a dialogue that is essential to our times and our lives.”

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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS for Last Year and Surrounded by Family & Friends

2015     First Congregational Church Wolfeboro, both LY & SBFF, Wolfeboro, NH
2013     San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, LY, San Jose, CA
             Bigelow Gallery, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, both LY & SBFF, New Brighton, MN
2009     Greenville Museum of Art, both LY & SBFF, Greenville, NC
2008     “Holding Our Own”, film on Vermont Public Television broadcast
               The Appleton Museum of Art, SBFF, Ocala, FL
2007      Hebrew Union College–Institute of Religion Museum, SBFF, New York City, NY
2006     Maltwood Art Museum, University of Victoria, both LY & SBFF, Victoria, BC
2005     Drury Gallery, Marlboro College, SBFF, Marlboro, VT
2004     Washington Center for the Performing Arts, SBFF, Olympia, WA
2003     Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, SBFF, Lebanon, NH
             Genet Gallery, Syracuse University, SBFF, Syracuse, NY
             Thirty Distinguished Quilt Artists of the World, SBFF, Tokyo, Japan
2002      Int’l Congress on Care of the Terminally Ill, Palais d Congres, SBFF, Montreal, Canada
               Karl Drerup Gallery, Plymouth State College, both LY & SBFF, Plymouth, NH
2001      Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, SBFF, Brattleboro, VT
               Syracuse Stage, “The Last Year” accompanied the play “Wit”, Syracuse, NY
2000      Museum of American Quilter’s Society, LY, Paducah, KY
1999     The Memorial Union Art Gallery, University of California, LY, Davis, CA
               Dennos Museum Center, LY, Traverse City, MI
1998      Cahoon Museum of American Art, LY, Cotuit, MA
1997      Everson Museum of Art, LY, Syracuse, NY
1995      Redding Museum of Art and History, LY, Redding, CA
1994      Int’l Congress on Care of the Terminally Ill, Palais d Congres, The Last Year, Montreal, Canada
               Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery, LY, Keene, NH
1993      The Dorchester Arts Center, LY, Cambridge, MA
1992      Williams College Museum of Art, LY, Williamstown, MA
               Viterbo College, National Cancer Conference, LY, La Crosse, WI
1990      Social Movement Gallery, LY, Nashville, TN


DAD’S LAST DAY, thread on fabric, 16 x 19 inches

Based on a drawing that I did at his bedside, this is my father on his last day. Throughout his seventies, eighties and nineties, I drew and sketched him multiple times. This is my final portrait of him which took four years for me to begin and then a year to complete.

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