September artists featured at the Pine Center for the Arts bring a vibrant collection from artists with backgrounds as different as their medium. With oil and acrylic paintings by Charlene Herrick and fused glass by Shawnda Schelinder, the September show promises an eclectic gallery experience.
Herrick has always been interested in the arts. Wanting to share her passion and enthusiasm for the arts, she began teaching at age 15. “I started with realism and slowly have ventured to some abstract and modern art,” Herrick said. “With each new piece comes new techniques and experience. I enjoy putting the spark in others so their passion will burn bright and their art glorious.”
Her appreciation for the arts and desire to teach others to find their inner artist has driven Herrick to grow her calling into a profession. Herrick is currently pursuing a business degree to support her artist and teaching ventures. Herrick’s paintings feature rich landscapes, a glimpse of nature and a celebration of her faith.
While Herrick has always been interested in art, Schelinder came to her art later in life. Although Schelinder had first began working with stained glass and mosaics while still in high school, it wasn’t until she began working with fused glass – also referred to as warm glass — that she truly felt she earned the title of artist… and perhaps mad scientist. “One of the things I could never get past with stained glass is that you have to be so precise; there’s no room for error. Each piece must be cut to fit the others like a jigsaw puzzle,” Schelinder said. “With fused glass, there’s so much more freedom, not only to make some errors but to experiment as well.”
Schelinder, who first showed work at the Pine Center for the Arts last year, has continued to try new techniques, looking to inspiration from the world around her. “There’s been varying degrees of success,” Schelinder said. “While other pieces I thought were disasters going in were beautiful surprises after firing. I think that’s what excites me so much about glass fusing – the unexpected.” Schelinder’s work is a variety of both cold and warm glass. While there are no traditional stained glass panels, Schelinder has been working with different soldering methods, along with various techniques intended to enhance her fused glass collection.
Those who attend the September gallery opening can expect a fantastic variety of art, great conversation, wine and appetizers. The gallery will open on Friday, September 8 at the Pine Center for the Arts. A special ‘Art After Work’ reception will be held from 4-7 p.m. in the gallery space at 265 5th Street SE. The public is invited for this free event to drop by for wine and light appetizers and an opportunity to meet the artists.