Sunday, August 15, 2010

Spring Interview

In mid-March, I was interviewed in my studio by Susan Moreno. The interview has been published online through several organizations Susan is involved with and most recently, the Women's Caucus for Art of Georgia published it in their August 2010 newsletter. This was a taped interview and can be read in its entirety here:
Things have definitely sped up and kept me busy since spring... lots of commissioned work and successful events. I'm feeling incredibly blessed.

I've heard mention that several artists have found this interview helpful already ... so I'm hoping to expand on more of these stories along with a great deal more in the book I am supposed to be working on! Once my series in the studio is ready for my upcoming October exhibitions, I'll be able to concentrate on more of the content for my book... in the meantime, hopefully the interview will be an interesting... if not pleasant distraction. Thank you so much, Susan!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Press Release: 'Two Women' exhibition at Stellers Gallery

Press Release:

Stellers Gallery of Ponte Vedra will exhibit the work of nationally-recognized painters Laura Lacambra Shubert and Jennifer J.L. Jones, during the upcoming exhibit Two Women to be held on Friday, October 1 from 5 pm. until 8 pm. The opening will be held at Stellers Gallery at Ponte Vedra, 240 A1A North, Ste. 13 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. According to gallery owner Hillary Tuttle, the exhibit will be dedicated to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Proceeds from a portion of the exhibit sales as well as proceeds from two paintings donated for a silent auction will be given to The Donna Foundation. The Donna Foundation raises money to be used in caring for northeast Florida women living with breast cancer.

Additionally, as a thank you to gallery customers who purchase work by either artist during the opening event, Tuttle is hosting an evening with the artists and dinner after the event at Eleven South in Jacksonville Beach, FL. For more information, contact the gallery at 904.273.6065. Visit the website at

According to Tuttle, both artists strive to capture the beauty of our everyday surroundings. "For Jennifer, inspiration for her paintings may come in the graceful fall of a leaf in autumn. For Laura, the pattern of early morning sunlight on a breakfast table might be what stops her in her tracks," said Tuttle. "However, both artists have the same goal in mind with their paintings, to communicate with the viewer and to bring to their attention the beauty of some small facet of everyday living," she said.

"The artists employ very different materials and have different surfaces with brushwork and content. When hung together, instead of fighting with each other, the paintings complement each other and bring out the unique strengths of each painting," said Tuttle. "We find that many collectors of one artist will acquire the work by the other. The paintings not only hang beautifully together in the gallery, but in the home and office setting."

Shubert and Jones each have work that is widely collected and displayed at galleries, museums and private collections. Stellers Gallery at Ponte Vedra has represented Shubert since 2002 and Jones since 2004. "We are very excited to bring Laura and Jennifer together at the gallery and we're honored to host them in person during the opening. The work will hang in the gallery through October," said Tuttle.

According to Jones, her work is inspired by the seasons, weather patterns, and natural elements, to name a few. "From a pocket of air trapped in ice to the burnt edges on a flower in the hot summer to millions of crushed shells in the form of sand along the beach, the inspiration found in nature for my art seems endless," said Jones. "Beauty is everywhere and as an artist I interpret that beauty, trying to integrate my personal style, and put it out there for people to connect with. My work is part a spiritual search. It is a need to express what sometimes can only be felt; to create an experience unique to each individual," she said.

"As I paint, each studio session becomes a form of meditation. My work is an intuitive process. The paint often dictates the final imagery and I allow this to be my guide. The colors I choose to glaze over one another create mood, atmosphere, and a 'vibration' of energy unique to each viewer interacting with the final piece," said Jones.

Most recently, Jones' credits include her art as part of the permanent art collection at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal and the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Georgia. Also, her latest solo exhibits include galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Her work is collected throughout the world and owned by noted collectors including Oprah Winfrey and Judith Belushi Pisano. Throughout her career, Jennifer's paintings have been exhibited in select galleries located in the U.S. and abroad. One of her paintings entitled "Five Elements", provided inspiration for the $75 million Tucker-Sadler designed, 44 Monroe residential high-rise in Phoenix, Az.

The work of Jennifer J.L. Jones explores the many fundamental qualities of nature and the idea of energy and beauty through color, texture and the influence of nature. With her refined combination of mediums such as asphalt, oil paint, and multi-layering with various glazes, her work evokes emotions, thoughts, and universal connecting points in the observer.

Jones received her B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994. She currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia as a self-employed artist. Her work is highly-collected and published throughout the world.

According to Shubert, her work is dominated by studies of figures. "The viewer will see that I paint torsos beginning at the neck, ending above the knees or at the foot. This enables me to integrate figures into my work as patterns of colors, textures and shapes," Shubert said. "My subjects are treated with functional anonymity, yet are true and accurate. The paintings convey a sense of well being, of the good life and of deep and quiet pleasures," she said.

Laura Lacambra Shubert, daughter of a Basque father and American mother, grew up in Florida and Spain and chose art as a career at an early age. She studied painting, drawing, and printmaking at Southern Methodist University, where she received her B.F.A. in 1986.

After studying painting at Academie Port Royal, in Paris, France, Shubert returned to the United States where she began exhibiting in solo and group shows across the country. In 2000, she was named a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London, England. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad. Shubert resides in Winter Park, Fla.

Stellers Gallery at Ponte Vedra is open from Monday through Friday from 11 am until 6 pm and Saturday from 11 am until 4 pm. Phone number is 904.273.6065.