Solo exhibit at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art

Jessica Singerman - hold us in the light

On November 6th 2020, my newest solo show “Hold us in the light” opens at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art in Charlotte, NC. Read on to find out about the work in this exhibition.

There will be free timed entry for this opening. Reserve your time slot here.
Note, my exhibit coincides with the “Home” exhibit, so the reservation link will take you to that show’s reservation page.  

From Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art:

Join us for an exhibition of intimate, responsive work by Jessica Singerman. In a significant departure from her work that celebrates nature, color and light in the landscape and the passing of time, Singerman embraces personal questions around her work and how it relates to the pressing societal issues of today.

Artist Statement:

At the end of spring 2020 when there was a swelling of anger and sadness amidst protests in the US, I wondered what – as an artist – I should be doing in response to what was happening around me. In times of turmoil, I have often questioned the validity of my work, and with practice I’ve learned that it is in those challenging times that the work of an artist becomes especially important, both for the artist and for the audience. However as a white artist, I was unsure of what was appropriate for the direction of my work. It seemed disingenuous to make politically charged paintings when my current body of work dealt with an entirely different subject matter. How could I make work that was culturally relevant yet stayed true to the artistic concerns I’ve pursued for years?

The morning of June 1st I made drawings of a table and chairs in our screened-in porch, a nod to some Richard Diebenkorn paintings of a single chair in an interior. Later that day in the studio, I decided to make a painting using one of those drawings as a reference. This painting was quiet and contemplative. I made another painting and another, all evocative of human presence, and each one a play of color and geometry and composition. In these paintings, through the careful arrangement of shapes and color, I envision creating space for conversations – hopefully the kind of exchanges that bring real profound understanding. Is this too much to want for my work? Maybe, but making art is in itself a hopeful act, and so it helps me feel optimistic.

Interview with WXLV abc45

A couple weeks ago I chatted with Carol Andrews, station host at WXLV abc45, about my mural project along the Longbranch trail in Winston-Salem, NC. We talked about how the project came about with Innovation Quarter and what it was like painting outdoors along the trail. The interview just went live, and you can watch it HERE on the station site.

Thank you to Carol Andrews and Lori Bates for the opportunity and for their excellent work on this story!

 

Winston Salem Journal Features Long Branch Mural

I came home from a bike ride Sunday morning to find a lovely feature on my newest mural in the Winston Salem Journal. Thank you Lynn Felder for the interview and Walt Unks for the photography and WS Journal for the feature! Scroll down to read the interview or see it on the Journal website.

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August 15, 2020 – On a bright August day with a blue sky and puffy clouds overhead, Jessica Singerman was working close to the ground, lettering her signature onto the lower right-hand corner of a large, outdoor painting – the traditional spot for artists to sign their work.

Singerman, an avid painter and nature lover, was putting the finishing touches on a 50-foot long mural on a retaining wall that borders the Long Branch Trail. The trail, which was opened in 2018, runs from Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, through the Innovation Quarter and under Business 40 to Salem Creek Greenway.

Making a painting on a biking-hiking-walking path let her combine several of her passions.

“For me, the project was 100% aligned with what I believe in and love,” Singerman said. “Making the painting along the path felt perfect to me, because people who bike and run and walk can enjoy it. It really felt aligned with the things I care about.

“Going into the outdoors has always been like coming home to me. I moved around a lot as a kid, and I often felt like an outsider. Now being outside — or looking at photos of the outside — serves as fodder for my work and feeds my work as an artist.”

Artist adventurer

Singerman’s mother is French, and her father was a French professor at Davidson College, so she grew up going back and forth between the two countries. She variously lived in Montpelier, Tours in the Loire Valley, and in suburbs of Paris.

“My father taught French, French culture and French cinema,” Singerman said. “The faculty at Davidson would take turns directing the Junior Year Abroad program. My husband and I speak French at home, so our son is able to have a relationship with my mother’s side of the family who still live in France.”

She and husband, Tim Bowman, who works in the School of Filmmaking at UNC School of the Arts, have a son, 7. Her interest in cycling and art developed simultaneously. She’s also a runner, took ballet, was a modern dancer and a yoga teacher.

“I rode to get around as a kid in Davidson,” Singerman said. “And I got more into it in graduate school — road biking, racing, cycle cross. I started running as a kid.”

She has had many peak biking experiences, starting with touring France for the first time in 2003: “(It was) the hottest summer on record. Then I worked for Trek Travel for a while. I guided trips for them all over the world and managed different destinations.”

Singerman is president of the Piedmont Flyers, a local bicycling club, but they are inactive now because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“As a kid, I was always drawing,” Singerman said, but a life-drawing class when she was 15 at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours made her begin to take her art more seriously.

Singerman received her Masters of Fine Arts in 2004 from the University of Delaware. Her watercolors are the subject of a book published in 2017, “Little Watercolor Squares,” and her award-winning paintings and drawings are exhibited and collected internationally.

After graduate school, she said she struggled to find her footing as an artist. She taught for a while. In Australia for her husband’s work, she kept her art supplies in a cardboard box and would unpack it and work a little every day.

Back in the states in 2013, she and Bowman moved into a home with a garage that was at her disposal. She began a steady practice of working daily and has been at it ever since.

“Having my son was big turning point,” she said. “I had an about-face and realized that if I didn’t do my work every day, I would lose myself in motherhood, so having a baby at 32 re-focused me.”

Singerman works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing media, mixed media and video. “For me, it’s about the idea, and if it makes sense to use other media, that’s what I’ll do.”

She also coaches other artists.
“I feel strongly about my work, and coaching is a way to give back,” she said. “Many of us are having to juggle life and an art form, and I like being able to show that it’s possible — keeping up your creative practice, whether it’s carving out time for it or dedicating your day. … It’s difficult but possible.”

Mural connection

Lindsey Schwab, director of community relations for the Innovation Quarter, was part of a committee that selected Singerman to create the mural.

“Jessica was chosen because her pieces are fueled by nature and are landscape-driven, and we were really interested in applying that to an urban greenway,” Schwab said. “The impetus to start this project was a desire to create a piece of art on the Long Branch Trail that people could enjoy during this time of COVID-19.

“More and more people are enjoying the outdoors during the pandemic.”

Schwab said that the name of the piece is “Winston Strong.”

“The Long Branch Trail is such a resource for our community,” she said. “And Jessica’s mural is an example of the connectivity that the trail brings to the community.

“I love that it incorporates all the different elements that you can see from the trail — Pilot Mountain, the Innovation Quarter, and the United Metropolitan Baptist Church.”

Lisa and Bernard Faulk, out walking for exercise on the trail, were happy to see the mural, and were excited that their church was included.

“I like the range of images. The colors are calming. It’s a great location. As I climb that hill, it will probably be motivating,” Lisa Faulk said, laughing. “We walk Winston-Salem, here some days, some days at Reynolda and at Meadowlark.”

Singerman said that she is pleased to have done a project that contains both representational work and abstraction and combines her twin passions for art and the outdoors.

“It feels good to make something that can be seen by everyone,” she said. “Art is for everybody.”

Long Branch Trail mural in Winston Salem, NC

Last week I completed a mural along the Long Branch trail in Winston-Salem, NC. It was a real pleasure to paint outdoors with passing runners, walkers and cyclists giving me words of encouragement and approval.

The mural is 50-feet long and varies in height from 6’2″ to 7’6″. The project was commissioned by Innovation Quarter.

Know someone looking for a mural artist to paint something BIG? Send them here.

Long Branch Trail Mural in Winston-Salem, NC
detail of hand lettering on mural 
Jessica Singerman painting a mural along the Long Branch trail in Winston-Salem, NC.

ArtPop Billboard is up!

My billboard is up!
Conveniently, the billboard is located off of Route 52 at exit 112, so for my Triad friends, you can go hiking at Pilot Mountain, then see my billboard inspired by that very mountain as you drive back toward Winston Salem. The paintings on the billboard are from my exhibit last fall at Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), featuring views inspired by Pilot Mountain State Park.

My artwork is on this billboard because I won one of the ArtPop Street Gallery prizes for the Triad region this year. Thank you ArtPop Street Gallery, Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Lamar Advertising and Adams Outdoor Advertising.

And look at the tiny billboard I won too! This is one of my all time favorite trophies.

Paintings at Piedmont Triad International Airport

I installed some paintings at Piedmont Triad International, my local airport last week. Here are some photos from the installation. Thanks to the team at the airport, it turned out great!

The large paintings are inspired by my time on Pilot Mountain and were featured in my exhibit at SECCA in 2019. The two smaller ones are from my Forces of Nature series. While they are up at the airport, they are still available for purchase from the Outside Collection in my web shop.

 

ArtPop 2020 Winner!

I am honored to share with you that my work was chosen for ArtPop this year and will be featured on billboards around the Triad region. Here’s the press release from the Art Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

The billboard features 3 paintings from my exhibition at Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) from last fall: “I must love you very much.”

Thank you Wendy Hickey, ArtPop Street Gallery, Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Lamar Advertising and Adams Outdoor Advertising.

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Mindful Monday with Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art & AUCTION!

Some cool things happening next week!

AUCTION ON WEDNESDAY

On Wednesday May 13th, I’ll be hosting an auction right from my studio!

You’ll need to be on the Insider’s List to join in on the fun so if you’re not already, email me to sign up by the end of this week because my email with all the info goes out Monday.

MINDFUL MONDAY WITH ELDER GALLERY

I’m pleased to share with you that Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art invited me to host an Instagram Live event on Monday May 11th. Here’s the post about the event on their Instagram.

Mindful Monday with Jessica Singerman
Monday, May 11, 2020 | 10 am

Join us and gallery artist Jessica Singerman for a special “Mindful Monday” on Instagram. In addition to guiding us through a hands-on art exercise, she’ll discuss her current “new normal” during the pandemic as an artist, a teacher and a mother, and tips for staying grounded during these uncertain times. A great mid-morning art break for anyone working, teaching or learning at home!

Monday, May 11, 2020 at 10 am
Instagram: @elder_gallery_clt | @jessicasingermanfineart
Based in Winston-Salem, NC and inspired by a deep passion for the outdoors, cycling and traveling, Jessica’s work was first featured at the gallery in the 2018 March Invitational. In the 2019 exhibition Beyond the Mountain, Jessica’s paintings surrounded her impressive Paper Mountain installation composed of 1,000 hand-folded origami cranes.

My new online watercolor class available now!

I’m super excited to announce the launch of my first online workshop Little Watercolor Square! This is my most popular class available for the first time in digital form for you to enjoy wherever and whenever you are.

If you are starting from scratch, if you have some experience and want to learn more, or you’re trying to rekindle your art practice, this is for you. In the workshop, you’ll learn how to use watercolors, how to mix beautiful colors, and how to make a vibrant watercolor painting using geometric abstraction. This is a very practical workshop that will give you tools you can take to continue making artworks wherever you are. You’ll learn how to paint mindfully, for relaxation and enjoyment.

The workshop is inspired by a daily project I made a few years ago when I made a small watercolor painting each day for a year. The paintings were inspired by the poetry of nature: color and light in the landscape, seasons, and the passing of time. It was a kind of meditation for me and it led to making my book of watercolors.

The class is available to purchase for two weeks, but you’ll have lifetime access to the class materials so you can review whenever you want. You’ll also be invited to join the private Facebook group where you can meet your classmates, share your work, ask questions and get feedback.

Have any questions about the workshop? Email me.

I’m excited for us to get started on this art adventure.

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