Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Seeking an Intern

This internship is to begin in August and run through October, possibly extending beyond that based on a performance evaluation and discussion between the intern and TraillWorks. It is an unpaid internship that requires a two day per week commitment. Sundays are required; the second day will be worked out with the intern and TraillWorks.

Though it's unpaid, this might be a great opportunity for a high school or college student seeking experience and in need of a possible letter of recommendation. Additionally, if the student needs help in portfolio development I would be willing to provide some in exchange for the internship work.


Open to students entering 11th or 12th grade, college/university students, or recent college graduates. TraillWorks is looking for responsible, diligent, and intelligent candidates with strong interpersonal skills. A genuine interest in a career in fine art, gallery work, or teaching art is a must. While specific qualifications for internships such as job experience and knowledge of computer programs are important, a strong academic background and excellent organization and communication skills are desirable.


1. Promotion – sending out press and putting together press packets.
2. Filing / Answering Phone
3. Painting Preparation – stretching / priming canvases
4. Painting Finish – varnishing paintings
5. Prep for Lessons
6. Operating the gallery on Sundays
a. Customer interaction / service
b. Sales
c. Opening / closing the gallery, 11am – 4pm
d. Answering phone

*Subject to change.

Application Process:

Please email TraillWorks to request an application and further instructions.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Perker gets Painted Again

Bound Perker, Oil on Panel, 12" x 16", © Jennie Traill Schaeffer 2008

Here's my second bound appliance portrait painting. The percolator is wrapped with my husband's grandmother Fran's hand made tulle and velvet apron. I completed it last week and it will be framed and hanging in the gallery this week.

PS - Don't forget about the Sidewalk Sale Specials going on INSIDE TraillWorks now through July 31st.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sidewalk Sale Specials at TraillWorks

In honor of Newton's Annual Sidewalk Sale Days held Thursday through Saturday, TraillWorks is offering some specials inside the gallery. Email or call TraillWorks at 973-383-1307 to take advantage of these offers. Or better yet, stop by!

These offers will be honored through July 31st.

Sidewalk Sale Specials

25% off:
All Note Cards
All Matted Portfolio Works
(includes giclées, original prints, and drawings)

All Red Dot Paintings

Red Dot Paintings
(take 25% off list price)

St. Mixer with Embellishments
Ceramic Paint on Tile, 4" x 4"
$99 (framed)

St. PastaMaker
Ceramic Paint on Tile, 6" x 6"
$149 (framed)

Cheese Wheels & Wine Bottles
Ceramic Paint on Tile, 6" x 6"
$79 (unframed)

Cheese Wheels & Abstract Wine Bottles, Pair of Coasters
Ceramic Paint on Tile, 4" x 4"

Hen & Eggs
Ceramic Paint on Tile, 6" x 6"
$149 (framed)

Truffles, Pair of Coasters
Ceramic Paint on Tile, 4" x 4"

Rivets, from the Bethlehem Steel Tiles Series, pair of coasters
Ceramic Paint on Tile, 4" x 4"

Roof, from the Bethlehem Steel Tiles Series, pair of coasters
Ceramic Paint on Tile, 4" x 4"

Truss, from the Bethlehem Steel Tiles Series, pair of coasters
Ceramic Paint on Tile, 4" x 4"

Dogwood Arrangement, set of 4 tiles
Ceramic Paint on Tile, 24" x 6"

First Anniversary II, Oil on Panel, 8" x 8"
$395 (framed)

Wedding Day II, Oil on Panel, 8" x 8"
$395 (framed)

Wedding Day I, Oil on Panel, 8" x 8"
$395 (framed)

First Anniversary I, Oil on Panel, 8" x 8"
$395 (framed)

St. Blender, Oil on Panel, 12" x 16"
$729 (framed)

St. Mixer, Oil on Panel, 12" x 16"
$729 (framed)

Almandine and Stainless Dish Washer, Oil on Mounted Canvas Paper, 16" x 20"
$829 (framed)

Stoneware Cooker of Comfort Food, Oil on Panel, 10" x 8"
$549 (framed)

Plastic, Stainless Trimmed Mixer by Hand, Oil on Panel, 8" x 10"
$549 (framed)

Plastic, Encased Grinder of Coffee Beans, Oil on Panel, 8" x 10"
$549 (framed)

Classy, Chrome and Glass Blender of Fluids, Oil on Panel, 8" x 10"
$549 (framed)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

2nd Saturday this Saturday

This Saturday will be chock full of events in Newton, NJ as Main Street Newton, Inc. presents its first monthly 2nd Saturday, Painted Prose & Poetry. Join me at TraillWorks from 3 - 4pm to meet the chef/owner of NYTimes accoladed Andre's Restaurant. André will be here selling and signing his cookbook, My Dinner at Andre's, as well as offering a sampling of his cooking.

Stay in Newton through the evening for the following:
  • 4:30pm - go to Gallery by the Green to hear live readings by Francesca DeStefano, author of Living on Venetian Time
  • 5:30 - 6:30pm - go to the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council Gallery for poetry readings by author, Jean LeBlanc
  • Andre’s Restaurant will host an exhibition titled Painted Prose and Pastry, a three-course dessert tasting at the restaurant located at 188 Spring St.
  • JC’s Grill House Restaurant, located at 144 Spring St., will offer the Second Saturday Early Bird Special from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Bula Restaurant, located across from TraillWorks, will offer Painted Prose & Pasta
  • The Craft Creators, located at 185 Spring St., will have a display of antiquated prints, art work and photos from 5 to 8 p.m. Artist Irena Schaeffer will be on-hand to do character drawings.
  • The Chocolaterie, located at 205 Spring Street, will have a chocolate tasting and a chocolate education class.
  • The SpringBoard Shoppes at Newton will feature Robin Lennon Inner Designs, original design handmade one-of-a-kind women’s jackets, wraps, scarves, carry bags and other accessories.
  • Six local bands will also be playing various genres of music and on or more poets/spoken word artists will entertain guests on the Newton Green. The event titled Something in the Square Youth Concert was organized by local youths.
  • Much, much more…
Go to www.mainstreetnewton.org for more information.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Bravo Students

I am constantly blown away by the creativity, talent, and quality of the work done by my students. Since opening TraillWorks in April, I've taken on ten new students. I'd like to share with you their works, for many I will have to wait until they complete their work. Below are two recent works by two of my students who have been with me since I was teaching in my home.

André is one of my students who has been studying with me for over a year now and is leaving to start classes at William Paterson University for graphic design. I wish him all the best and hope that he'll be back in the fall.

Midnight, Oil on Canvas Panel, by André Pollard

Rachel has been taking classes with me for almost two years and continues to impress me. She's still in middle school, yet is very talented. I can't wait to see what she does in the future.

Bermudian Beauty, Watercolor on Board, by Rachel