Saturday, August 30, 2008

Tony Lordi's Kitchen Kitsch

I am pleased to announce that my friend and mentor, Tony Lordi, will be exhibiting at TraillWorks with me in a show titled, Kitchen Kitsch. I met Tony three years ago when a mutual friend, Linda Hirsch, gallery director of the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council introduced us. Tony was starting a gallery, now called Art at the Mill in Lafayette, NJ, and hired me to gallery sit. Soon after I started working for him, he offered to show my work. This has led to a great relationship; Tony has constantly encouraged me and offered suggestions in marketing and artistic pursuits. I'm so lucky to have a friend in Tony and am thrilled that he is going to show his work opposite mine in my gallery. For more info about the show, click the image above for a larger view.

Exhibit Runs - September 6th - 29th
Meet the Artist - Saturday, September 13th | 5 - 8pm

Coincides with the Tour of Art, a Main Street Newton, Inc. event - 19 artists will be exhibiting at participating merchants / galleries on Spring Street September 6th - 13th. To follow the Tour of Art, maps can be picked up at TraillWorks throughout the week and information tables on Second Saturday. The Taste of Newton is being held on Monday, September 8th. Tickets can by purchased by calling the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce at 973-300-0433. TraillWorks will be open until 10pm that evening for a preview of Tony's work.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Summer Blues in Newton

Jersey Blues, Oil on Panel, 24" x 16", ©2008 Jennie Traill Schaeffer
$729 (unframed, cradled panel)

On August 9th, Newton held its second 2nd Saturday event, Summer Blues. It was an absolute success! During the day several new visitors strolled through TraillWorks, admiring the artwork, sampling the fabulous Buttermilk Blue Cheese from Wisconsin, and taking in the sounds of Roadside Louie, a local blues band.

With the help of Cheddar Alley and the Wisconsin Dairy Board (represented by my Uncle Bob) a variety of blue cheeses were available to taste at five different locations on the street.We learned that blue cheese should be sampled last when other cheeses are offered because of the strength of the flavor. Of course, I was unable to try any of the delightful blue cheeses due to my pregnancy, but I was told they were just delicious.

Inside TraillWorks, beyond the blue cheese, I completed several new paintings for the event. All variations of blueberries, the fleeting summer fruit of NJ, are depicted in oil and on tiles.

Blue on Red, Ceramic Paint on Tile, 6" x 6", ©2008 Jennie Traill Schaeffer
$89 (unframed trivet)

Blue Ensemble, Ceramic Paint on Tile, 6" x 6", ©2008 Jennie Traill Schaeffer
$89 (unframed trivet)

Scattered Blues, Ceramic Paint on Tile, 8" x 8", ©2008 Jennie Traill Schaeffer
$165 (set of 4 coasters)

Scattered Blues, Ceramic Paint on Tile, 8" x 8", ©2008 Jennie Traill Schaeffer
$89 (unframed trivet)

Big Blue, Ceramic Paint on Tile, 6" x 6", ©2008 Jennie Traill Schaeffer
$165 (framed tile)

email Jennie or call, 973-383-1307, to order

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Kitchen God's Artist

It finally hit newsstands this weekend! My profile in this month's issue of NJ Savvy Living is available now at New Jersey Borders, Barnes & Noble, King's & Wegman's through September 17th. Get your copy to read the full article in which George Anderson, editor in chief, dubbed me "The Kitchen God's Artist."

I was so pleased with the article and am thrilled to have been chosen for inclusion in such an exclusive publication. Thank you NJ Savvy Living for this GREAT opportunity!

As a special thank you to my loyal readers, I'm offering special pricing now through September 17th when you bring in a copy of the NJ Savvy Living article to TraillWorks. TraillWorks is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10 - 6pm, Friday 10 - 8pm, Saturday 10 - 5pm and Sunday 11 - 4pm or by appointment.

Offer valid through September 17th. Only one article may be redeemed per family and is good only on purchases of artwork and note cards in the gallery on a single day. May not be applied to lessons or previously scheduled commissions.

Email me with any questions.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Five Days in the Berkshires

Berkshire Morning, 9am, 8/14,
Oil on Canvas, 7" x 5", © 2008 Jennie Traill Schaeffer


I know it's been awhile since I've posted, but 2nd Saturdays and vacation got me sidetracked. My husband and I finally took a much-needed vacation to the culturally filled, unpopulated Berkshires in Massachusetts. We spend most of the week relaxing, trying to hike which given my growing belly proved difficult, taking in some of the cultural events like the Boston Pops at Tanglewood and the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at Jacob's Pillow, and I made some time to paint.

I have not done a lot of plein air painting in my artistic career, but did some this week. I had a spectacular Berkshire view out of the house in Lee where we were staying. I guess you could say I quasi plein air painted because I sat in a screened in porch due to the iffy weather we had.

The paintings are now at TraillWorks, still drying due to the heavy paint, and are ready for viewing and sale.


Berkshire Morning, 9:30am, 8/15,
Oil on Canvas, 7" x 5", © 2008 Jennie Traill Schaeffer

Berkshire Afternoon, 2:30pm, 8/16,
Oil on Canvas, 7" x 5", © 2008 Jennie Traill Schaeffer

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

August 2nd Saturday

Newton's Second 2nd Saturday Event - August 9th

Summer Blues

Summer Blues promises to be as successful as last month's 2nd Saturday.

4 - 6pm Strolling Blue Cheese Tastings and Seminars
sponsored by Cheddar Alley, at the following participating merchants:
  • TraillWorks
  • Gallery by the Green
  • Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council Gallery
  • Vivian's Boutique
  • Maxwell & Molly's Closet
5 - 8pm Live Blues Band, Roadside Louie
playing outside in front of the Newton Fire Museum on Spring Street

All Day:
  • TraillWorks - Jersey Blue, an exhibit of fresh paintings featuring Jersey's proverbial summer fruit, the blueberry, alongside works by Jennie utilizing the color blue
  • Gallery by the Green - blue jewelry designed by Hillary Gillinder, alongside the blue paintings of renowned artist Geoffrey Leckie
  • SCA&HC - Color of the Blues Exhibit, featuring artists: Robert L. Heimall, Ed Foley, Susan Scarince-Jones and Ritchie Culver
  • Maxwell & Molly's Closet - Go to Maxwell & Molly's Closet for your Blues Clues Bone! Solve the mystery and win a prize.
  • Vivian's Boutique - Fight those summer blues! More fun than Freud, get your retail therapy at Vivian's.
  • Cheddar Alley - spin the Wheel of Cheese for special offers.
  • Chocolaterie - SUMMER BLUES SPECIAL for all of our loyal customers and their friends: All items with blue berries and blue ribbons receive 10% OFF.

Galleries and Shops are Open Late on 2nd Saturday

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