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A DREAM COME TRUE: MY ART RECEPTION IN PARIS

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November 12, 2014 - Truly one of the best days of my life. There was a crowd at the reception, half of whom were people I knew and their friends, and half of whom were total strangers to me. Such a nice mix! Everyone loved the artwork and asked lots of questions about my process, inspiration, etc. Most people spoke in French, and I did my best to reply to them in French.

During the reception, Christina, the cultural events coordinator, gave a talk about my work. Below is the text of her talk (translation courtesy of Etienne and Christina):

"I think René's artwork is very interesting. The pieces give a strong atmosphere , and you don't see people in the prints and paintings. There may be a dog that walks around, but otherwise you see only glasses and coffee cups. With these cups one can imagine the people behind the coffee; those who have prepared the coffee, or those drinking it. These art pieces are 'inhabited.' They invite us all to pick up the cup and enjoy some coffee.

I am very happy to introduce René to you all. This reminds me of the saying, 'Tell me what you drink (or eat); I’ll tell you who you are.' René embodies this idea. She travels through taste: she often comes to France, and she drinks good wine and good coffee. This is how she came to La Caféothèque: because she was looking for some good coffee to drink. That was one year ago. We communicated through e-mail and we met each other only one week ago. We actually found out that we make a great team!

I also  want  to thank Laure, who helped us a lot. She is a very sensitive person with art; she has good judgment and she can create stories through what she sees to share with others.

I am very happy to be here and share this time with you. The exhibition will be on display until January 7. I invite you all to have another look at the pieces . Enjoy!"

-Christina Chirouze Montenegro

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Pyrénées-Atlantiques

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This is Amy’s favorite print - Which is yours? In Athens, Ga you can now see this series at Jittery Joe’s downtown location. This scene is from the French Pyrenees, very close to Spain. You can see the Spanish influence in the tile work on wall beneath the bar. The cup and saucer were black with gold rims! I loved the white interior of the cup, with the green inlay on the exterior. Très chic!

Coffee Break

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                                                                 Hunsrück Mountains, Germany

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                                                                   Felletin, France

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                                                       La Caféothèque, Paris, France

Coffee experiences. Lovely. Just wanted to share some of the varied shapes and servings and ambiances that make what we might call a ‘coffee break’. It’s my favorite time of the day - how about you?

Coffee Cups - really.

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                                                                                      Issoire, France
    Let us share a cup of coffee together to celebrate the beginning of autumn! Today was our first day of coolness here, and I love when the temperatures start to drop, as the cool air gives me the energy to start creating again.
    During this past summer, I traveled for a few months in France and some of the neighboring countries. While there, I spent quite a bit of time observing - though sketches, photography, and note taking - while conducting research for upcoming art exhibitions scheduled through 2013-2014. There are two themes emerging for these exhibits so far, and I wanted to share some representative images with you so you can travel down this path of creativity with me. I’ll keep this blog - and “coffeecupress” on Instagram (please note, there is only one ‘p’ in the Instagram name) updated with images as I work on these projects. This photo represents the beginning of Theme #1: Coffee, coffee cups, tea, and other beverages.
Stay in touch to see how these photographs and sketches turn into finished art work. I’m looking forward to working hard in the studio and sharing the results with you!

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CoffeeCupPress @ tumblr turned 3 today! Tumblr sent me this cupcake to help celebrate. Thank you all for keeping up with my journey - it’s a pleasure sharing my creative life with you. Stay in touch.

Art For Sale - Athens, Ga; NYC; Penland NC; Abstracts

image638 Milledge Circle, Greyside, Fanlight - Athens, Ga 2010. 13”x20” $350.   René D. Shoemaker

imageCircle Gallery, University of Georgia - Athens, Ga 2010 (exhibit display).   René D. Shoemaker

image167 E Broad St, Old Guaranteed - Athens, Ga 2010. 36”x28” SOLD. René D. Shoemaker

image220 College Ave, Old Southern Mutual Bldg - Athens,GA 2010. 26”x41”-$500. René D. Shoemaker

image327 N Lumpkin St, First Methodist - Athens, Ga 2010. 33”x34” $525.      René D. Shoemaker

imageCity Hall, Athens, Ga 2010. 43”x42” $550.   René D. Shoemaker

imageCity Hall - Athens, Ga 2010 (Flagpole Cover).   René D. Shoemaker

image780 E Broad St, Jittery Joe’s Roasters - Athens, Ga 2010. 26”x37” $450.    René D. Shoemaker

imageSullivan & W3rd - Greenwich Village, NYC 2004. 21”x21” $250   René D. Shoemaker

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Alley #4 - Athens, Ga 2004. 21”x21” $150.    René D. Shoemaker

imageAlley #1 - Athens, Ga 2004. 21”x21” $150.   René D. Shoemaker

imageClayton St Gallery #7, Michael Bros Bldg - Athens, Ga 2002. 21”x21” SOLD.   René D. Shoemaker

imageCity Scape #2  2012. 8”x8” $475.   René D. Shoemaker

imageSwimming To Europe (red) 2012. 13”x12” $550.   René D. Shoemaker

imageSwimming To Europe (green) 2012. 13”x12” $550.   René D. Shoemaker

imageThinking/NonThinking 2009 (pencil on paper, framed). 17”x21” $175.   René D. Shoemaker

imageMovement Through Space - Penland NC 2012 (pencil on paper). 6’x4’ $4500.   René D. Shoemaker

Art for Sale - Athens, GA; Tallulah Falls, GA

image638 Milledge Circle, Greyside Foyer - Athens, Ga 2010 (framed). 13”x13” $500.   René D. Shoemaker

imageHancock + Pulaski, YWCA, Side - Athens, Ga 2010 (framed). 18”x15” $650.   René D. Shoemaker

image354 Milledge Circle, Costa-Erwin-Mayfield House - Athens, Ga.  2010. 21”x15” $350.   René D. Shoemaker

image375 W Cloverhurst Ave, Burnet-Vipperman House - Athens, Ga 2010. 14”x14” $400.   René D. Shoemaker

image710 Milledge Circle, Sams-Sinyard House - Athens, Ga 2010. 18”x18” $425.   René D. Shoemaker

image238 Springdale St - Athens, Ga 2010. 23”x16” $475.   René D. Shoemaker

image1073 S Milledge Ave, Hawthorne House Porch - Athens, Ga 2010. 12”x15” $350.   René D. Shoemaker

image1073 S Milledge Ave, Hawthorne House, Yellow - Athens, Ga 2010. 13”x10” $450.   René D. Shoemaker

1073 S Milledge Ave, Hawthorne House, Transom - Athens, Ga 2010. (framed:14”x16”; linen: 4”x4”) $475.   René D. Shoemaker

imageTallulah Falls School, Lipscom Cottage - Tallulah Falls, Ga 2010. 22”x18” $550.   René D. Shoemaker

Art for Sale - France, North Carolina, Georgia, Abstract

Included here is a collection of a number of locations - and some sites only found in my mind’s eye! imageOur Lady of Good News - Port Vendres, France 2010 (silk broadcloth - framed). 29”x26” $1050.   René D. Shoemaker

imageOur Lady of Good News - Port Vendres, France 2010 (silk shantung). 18”x18” $500.    René D. ShoemakerimageTeal City - 2010 (framed). 4”x10” $550.    René D. Shoemaker

image109, Mill Village House - Monroe, Ga 2010. 17”x15” $425.    René D. Shoemaker

image432 South Broad St - Monroe, Ga 2010. 23”x23” $425.   René D. Shoemaker

imageTabernacle Baptist Church - Monroe, Ga 2010. 18”x12” $375.   René D. Shoemaker

imageOconee Street Methodist Church - Athens, Ga 2011 (framed). 11”x12” $500.   René D. Shoemaker

imageOconee Street Methodist Church, Purple: Advent, Christmas, Easter 2011. 11”x11” $450.  René D. Shoemaker

Twilight - Penland NC (charcoal on paper, framed) 2012. 24”x26” $1000.    René D. Shoemaker

imageCalm Winds - Penland NC 2012 (pencil, charcoal, ink on paper, framed). 24”x22” $875.   René D. Shoemaker

imageKennedy Road Beaver Pond - Oconee County, Ga 2012 (silk broadcloth, framed). 10”x10” $500.   René D. Shoemaker

imageKennedy Road Beaver Pond x 2 - Oconee County, Ga 2012 (silk broadcloth; waxed crayon on paper). Each frame 14”x14” $800 for the two.    René D. Shoemaker

imagePowers Breedlove Farm - Oconee County, Ga 2010. 17”x17”. SOLD.  René D. Shoemaker

Art For Sale - Italy & New York City

Here is a collection of my fine art on silk paintings related to Italy and NYC that are currently available for sale. Each one has a distinct story - please let me know if you would like to hear more!imageUrbino Roofs - Urbino, Italy 2012. 11”x11”  $500.   René D. Shoemaker

imageHillside - Urbino, Italy 2012. 11”x11”  $500.   René D. Shoemaker

imageStreet Corner - Urbino, Italy 2012. 11”x11”  $500.   René D. Shoemaker

imageVia Mazzuoli - Cortona, Italy 2012. 11”x11”  $500.   René D. Shoemaker

imageVia Mazzuoli - Cortona, Italy(2) 2012. 11”x11” $500.   René D. Shoemaker

imagePiazza Della Repubblica - Cortona, Italy 2012. 11”x11” $500.   René D. Shoemaker

image147 Sullivan St (Purl Soho) - Greenwich Village, NYC 2010. 9”x9” $375.   René D. Shoemaker

imageBike + Store - Greenwich Village, NYC 2010. 9”x9” $400.   René D. Shoemaker

imageCrooked House - Greenwich Village, NYC 2010. 7”x7” $300.   René D. Shoemaker

imageCherry Lane - Greenwich Village, NYC 2010. 7”x8” $550.   René D. Shoemaker

imageAstor Place - Greenwich Village, NYC 2010. 7”x7” $350.   René D. Shoemaker

imageGrove St - Greenwich Village, NYC 2010. 9”x9” $350.   René D. Shoemaker

image705 Greenwich St (Urban Zen) - Greenwich Village, NYC 2010. 7”x7” $350.   René D. Shoemaker

imageRisotteria Stairs - Greenwich Village, NYC 2010. 9”x9” $200.   René D. Shoemaker

imageStore For Rent - Greenwich Village, NYC 2010. 9”x9” $400.   René D. Shoemaker

imageWoodstove House - Greenwich Village, NYC 2010. 8”x7” $300.   René D. Shoemaker

imageTiled Entry - Greenwich Village, NYC 2010. size. $350.   René D. Shoemaker

An interview regarding my Oconee Street Church painting...

Jenny Jones of the Textile Center, MN had this great idea to interview the artists that participated in their “Common Thread” exhibit. My interview is here, and you can see the other artwork and the interviews on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TextileCenterMN . It’s very educational just to see all the different techniques that textile artists use!
 
Today’s artist in the 7-UP series: Rene Shoemaker.

1. What was the inspiration for your piece in A Common Thread? 

I received a request from the Oconee Street Methodist Church to submit ideas for a commission. As there were 4 colors needed for the liturgical season, I made unique designs in each of the 4 colors. 3 were abstract (a purple grid design, a red stripe and squares design, and a “white” using yellows and greys on a white cloth). This green portrait of their church was made for “ordinary time”. I fell in love with the facade, the steps, and the bell tower of this historic church.

2. Please give a brief narrative of the timeline and process of creating your piece.

After receiving the request, I researched modern liturgical designs and the history of the Methodist Church. I then moved forward with Prismacolor colored pencil sketches, and after showing the colored pencil sketches to my contact, I created fiber art samples using Procion dye and gutta on different types of silk so that the committee overseeing the commission would have options to choose from. 

3. What is your history with this fiber form?

I learned this particular surface design method when I returned to the classroom after having graduated from the University of Georgia fiber design department, and immediately fell in love with it. I have been practicing this fiber form since 1980.

4. Is this your first time exhibiting in A Common Thread?

No, this is my third exhibition participation with the Textile Center.

5. Which fiber/textile artist do you have the most respect/ admiration for and why?

Judy Bales, because she has consistently followed her vision, and she is a rising star.

6. Can you describe a work of fiber art that’s displayed in your house?

I spent the summer in Cortona, Italy in 1998, and returned home with a sketchbook full of inspiration. I created one design that has had many iterations and sizes and color choices. This image is of a deep pink round table cropped in the lower left corner of the square silk. There is one yellow chair pushed up to the table, and there are 3 glasses of wine on the table. The background is intense blue.

7. Who is your favorite superhero?

Henri Matisse, hands down. 

website: www.ReneShoemaker.com
blog: coffeecuppress.tumblr.com

Photo: Today's artist in the 7-UP series: Rene Shoemaker.    1. What was the inspiration for your piece in A Common Thread?           I received a request from this Methodist church to submit ideas for a commission. As there were 4 colors needed for the liturgical season, I made a unique designs in each of the 4 colors. 3 were abstract (a purple grid design, a red stripes with squares design, and a "white" using yellows and greys on a white cloth). This green portrait of their church was made for "ordinary time". I fell in love with the facade, the steps, and the bell tower of this historic church.    2. Please give a brief narrative of the timeline and process of creating your piece.          After receiving the request, I researched modern liturgical designs and the history of the Methodist Church. I then moved forward with Prismacolor colored pencil sketches, and after showing the colored pencil sketches to my contact, I then created fiber art samples using Procion dye and gutta on different types of silk so that the committee overseeing the commission would have options to choose from.     3. What is your history with this fiber form?          I learned this particular surface design method when I returned to the classroom after having graduated from the University of Georgia fiber design department, and immediately fell in love with it. I have been practicing this fiber form since 1980.    4. Is this your first time exhibiting in A Common Thread?         No, this is my third exhibition participation with the Textile Center.    5. Which fiber/textile artist do you have the most respect/ admiration for and why?         Judy Bales, because she has consistently followed her vision, and she is a rising star.    6. Can you describe a work of fiber art that's displayed in your house?         I spent the summer in Cortona, Italy in 1998, and returned home with a sketchbook full of inspiration. I created one design that has had many iterations and sizes and color choices. This image is of a deep pink round table cropped in the lower left corner of the square silk. There is one yellow chair pushed up to the table, and there are 3 glasses of wine on the table. The background is intense blue.    7. Who is your favorite superhero?          Henri Matisse, hands down.       website: www.ReneShoemaker.com  blog: coffeecuppress.tumblr.com
What an honor for me to be part of this exhibit. Don’t you love Jenny’s last question? 
             Tell me - who is your favorite superhero?