Posted by: ccclib | January 23, 2012

Art on Display in Common Grounds Café

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From The Bulletin:

Artwork by Sallie Estes and Jayne Schmidt is on display in
Common Grounds Cafe through February 29th. Stop by the
cafe located in Brewer Library on the Decatur campus to
enjoy a cup of coffee and/or lunch and view the beautiful
artwork created by these talented artists.

Sallie Estes

Living in the South, the vibrant colors of spring, the white
hot summers, the changing leaves and bare branches of
fall and winter are the inspiration for my watercolors. As a
child, I was bedridden for a year which I spent reading and
listening to the radio, using my imagination as I read and
listened. These two influences shape all of my art. I often
use wet on wet with lost and found images rather than a
realistic rendering of the subject. I find it stimulating to
paint with a group of artists. The supervised study group
in the art department at Calhoun offers me an opportunity
to paint with motivated artists who help me judge and critique
my work. This gave me an opportunity to enter a
painting in the Statewide Chancellor’s Show, where I won
second place in Painting. I see colors and shapes in all
things of nature. If I can translate even a part of this beauty
onto my paper, then I feel successful.

Jayne Schmidt

Jayne Schmidt recently retired after a 39 year career in real
estate, and in 2001 Jayne and her husband built a home
on the Tennessee River at Bay Hill Village. What a difference
from living in the busy Huntsville/Madison area. The
quiet life of waterfront living was a perfect retreat and
source of inspiration for continuing her art. Her formal
studies started at Kent State and Akron University many
years ago, and since retiring four years ago Jayne has been
enrolled in art classes at Athens State University and Calhoun
Community College in the Supervised Study Group.
People, animals, and horses are Jayne’s favorite
subjects. She has owned and shown horses most of her life
and knows them for the wonderfully majestic animals they
are. Jayne’s commissioned works have given her the opportunity
to create personalized pieces for her clients. If
you’re interested in a commissioned art piece, please contact
Jayne at or 256-444-0222.


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