ON THE NORTHSIDE
Columnist Dona Benac visits painter Adelle Schemm.
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!