Columnist Dona Benac vis­its pain­ter Adelle Schemm.

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - Dona Benac Dona Benac is a North­side res­i­dent and can be reached at dl­beb75@hot­mail.com. Her col­umn will ap­pear ev­ery sec­ond Fri­day in the North­side/Vic­to­ria page of the Cape Breton Post.

Many of us wish we had a cer­tain tal­ent.

It could be play­ing the pi­ano, wood carv­ing, gourmet cook­ing or fig­ure skat­ing.

For me, it would be in­cred­i­ble to be an artist, but alas, even my stick men look pa­thetic, so I con­tent my­self with en­joy­ing other peo­ple’s work.

There are nu­mer­ous tal­ented artists right here in our com­mu­ni­ties, all hav­ing slightly or vastly dif­fer­ent styles. Some paint just for their own sat­is­fac­tion, some sell their work and some use their tal­ent to in­spire oth­ers. That’s what this artist does.

Adelle Schemm is a name you may not be fa­mil­iar with un­less you are a stu­dent of hers. Her busi­ness is Per­spec­tive Art Stu­dio and it is lo­cated in the ex­hi­bi­tion main build­ing on Re­gent Street, North Syd­ney. Stu­dents have ranged in age from seven to 90, with the ma­jor­ity be­ing older teens. Classes are small to give lots of per­sonal at­ten­tion to ev­ery­one.

Adele grew up in ru­ral Cape Breton, MacA­dams Lake to be ex­act. She spent her sum­mers in In­go­nish. Af­ter mov­ing around a bit in her early years she set­tled in Syd­ney in her 20s. Art was al­ways a part of her life so af­ter a ski­ing ac­ci­dent left her un­able to get around eas­ily she turned to paint­ing full­time. Peo­ple be­gan ask­ing her to teach which led to her open­ing her art stu­dio.

Adele started art lessons at the age of nine and since then, she has stud­ied with Marie Moore, Ver­non Amos, Iris Cur- rie, Kathryn Gor­don, Sis­ter Har­riet MacNeil and oth­ers. Her for­mal ed­u­ca­tion in­cludes a diploma in graphic de­sign and mul­ti­me­dia, a Bach­e­lor of Arts in psy­chol­ogy and three of four years to­wards a Bach­e­lor of Science in bi­ol­ogy.

Acrylic is her medium of choice. She also works with oil, wa­ter­color, pas­tel, and char­coal. Her style tends to be bright col­ors in works that have mean­ing. They are meant to make you think and they make you want to seek that mean­ing. Her stu­dents be­gin with a fo­cus on draw­ing and then move to paint­ing. Some are ab­so­lute be­gin­ners, some have ex­pe­ri­ence and some are pro­fes­sion­als. There’s al­ways some­thing new to learn. Chil­dren’s classes are two hours long and adults are three. Time moves so fast it seems like only min­utes. She teaches from Septem­ber un­til June.

Last year she had a chil­dren’s art day when they vis­ited the CBU Art Gallery, and an­other dur­ing March break where they ex­plored fa­mous artists and then worked on col­lab­o­ra­tive paint­ings in­spired by these artists. A sum­mer “Mes­sage in a Bot­tle” camp had stu­dents paint small wa­ter­color pic­tures, sign their name and date and then throw them into the ocean. They have also par­tic­i­pated in the Catwalk Show of Art for the Feral and Aban­doned Cat As­so­ci­a­tion and Lu­miere, paint­ing mu­rals and dress­ing in cos­tume to ex­plain their theme.

Adele’s work can be seen on her web­site: www.adelleschemm.com and there’s not a stick man to be found!

Take care.

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