By KAY DILLON
For The Vista
Jessica Schatz, the Artist of the Month at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, has been an artist for as long as she can remember.
She also remains busy as an interior designer, specializing in staging and new construction, and is also a pet portrait photographer. She also donates her photography services, photographing homeless pets in order to help them find homes.
Jessica and husband, Robert, recently became Fairfield Glade residents. They have been coming to Fairfield Glade for 27 years, as she has family in the area.
Originally from the Midwest, she once ran a Gallery called “Widow’s Weeds” that featured both Civil War reenactment photography and more contemporary art.
Perhaps the most fascinating part of her artistic history is how she became the only woman at that time to photograph camp life and battle reinactments of the Civil War.
“I hate war, but I love history, and the genre of photography of that time, Schatz said.
So when she was asked to record the reenactments by Prince William County, VA (site of two Civil War Battles) Jessica said “yes”.
Getting into the costume of “Widow’s Weeds, the grieving attire of a Civil War widow, was a good trick. Layers and layers… And then there were hoop skirts. The artist laughed and said,”Getting into a porta potty in hoop skirts can present a challenge.”
Jessica first became interested in photography by using her mother’s point-and-shoot camera as a young girl.
A friend of hers, who had been badly injured in the war in Viet Nam, gave her her first Nikon,as he was unable to use it.
She has been a professional photographer, specializing in hand-painted black-and-white photography, until recently. “It’s a dying art,” she stated.
She also enjoys another near “lost art” painting floor cloths, the precursor to linoleum. Thomas Jefferson had a floor cloth as a rug. Itinerant artists used to go house-to-house, painting the floor cloths. They can also be utilized as placemats, table runners, and as wall hangings (one is hanging in her exhibit).
“I am currently starting a garden of cutting flowers and vegetables, so I can paint them,” she said.
She certainly is a busy woman!
Jessica’s exhibition at the PCAC, 451 Lakeview Drive (off Peavine) in Fairfield Glade will be exhibited through June 12.
Opening Reception for Judged and Juried Art Show on June 14
To celebrate the Judged and Juried Fine Art Show at the Plateau Creative Arts Center (PCAC), the public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, June 14, from 6 to 8 P.M. at the PCAC.
Sponsored by the First National Bank of Tennessee, the show’s winning entries will receive cash prizes, which will be presented at the reception. The Judged and Juried Fine Art Show will run through Friday, July 12.
Professional artist Denise Stewart-Sanabria of Knoxville will be the Juror/Judge for the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade’s Judged and Juried Fine Arts Show.
Denise’s artwork has won many awards and is widely exhibited. She has been the chairperson of Knoxville’s Dogwood Art’s Regional Fine Art Exhibit for the last five years.
Denise paints hyper-realistic “portraits” of everything from produce to subversive jelly donuts. Her work gives realistic, traditional drawing an unexpected twist. www.stewart-sanabria.com.
View the Judged and Juried Fine Arts Show and enjoy the opening reception at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive (off Peavine Road).
For more information about this art show or any of the fine art classes and events held at the PCAC, call 931-707-7249.
Art Guild artwork
displayed in area
The community is invited to visit Happy Hound Realty, 48 Woodgate Drive (off Peavine) to view a new display of Art Guild art work.
Sue Vandewalker, member of the Art Guild, has several of her oil paintings on display through the month of June. During the same time period, Hilliard Lyons, 5677 Peavine Road is presenting several paintings by another Art Guild member, Eileen Olsen.
All art work can be purchased for your new home or present home through the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade, 451 Lakeview Drive. The Art Guild is a not-for-profit 501 © (3) organization and an equal opportunity provider. Website: www.artguildfairfieldglade.net
Leather/Bead Bracelet is Smorgasbord Class
Judi Moenck will lead the Smorgasbord class for the Plateau Creative Arts Center (PCAC) on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Participants can be sure to have fun making this project and to take it home at the end of class. A finished sample of this and other Smorgasbord class projects is available for viewing at the PCAC.
Smorgasbord Classes are monthly two hour art classes geared to participants at all skill levels. Offered by the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade, the cost of each class is a very reasonable $12 per person for both Art Guild members and non-members. This price covers the cost of most materials
Sign up for this and other Smorgasbord Classes at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive (off Peavine).
For more information or to enroll and pay by credit card, call 931-707-7249. The registration fee must be paid at the time of registration to hold an opening in the class.
Class size is limited, so register early.
The Art Guild at Fairfield Glade is a not-for-profit 501 (C)) (3) organization and an equal opportunity provider. The Plateau Art Center is handicapped accessible. Website: www.artguildfairfieldglade.net.