Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 at 11:00am
CalvART’s October show is a series of exploration, focusing on Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM) and the surrounding landscape, beginning with the exhibit of 10 of her larger works. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Friends of JPPM.
Suzanne Shelden grew up in the Washington, DC area and currently lives in Southern Maryland. She has been an artist for over 40 years, achieving experience in painting, drawing, photo restoration, graphic design, and exhibit design. As a painter, she spent several years working on commissions and participating in shows with local art groups in Rockville and DC. She continues to work actively, finding her career both challenging and rewarding. As well as the current theme of Jefferson Patterson Park she has several other series progressing including Southern Maryland – paintings of landscapes and forests in Calver and St. Mary’s counties; Maryland Route 4 – views as seen from the car; Appalachian – scenes of the mountains from Virginia to New Hampshire; Washington – scenes of Washington, DC from the memories and perspectives of a life lived in and around the city.
After moving to Southern Maryland, Suzanne discovered JPPM. Her children spent many summers at its wonderful camps, enjoyed Children’s Day on the Farm, Native America Heritage Days, the 1812 Grand Tactical Events, Celtic Festivals and more. Suzanne participated in these events as a Master Gardner and helped out at archery activities. As a Master Gardener she also worked with staff and others in the Patterson House gardens at Point Farm.
More recently, working with Kim Popetz and the Education staff, she designed the Children’s Discovery Room in the Visitor Center, creating the interpretive panels, the large mural which connects to the eastern woodland dwelling (inside and out), the walk through tree with its Donor side and the side with birds painted by Megan Richard, the fireplace which she designed based on Colonial imagery, and Patrick the Bull. She teamed up with Deborah McClure who contributed many hours helping with the mural, the fireplace and the tree.
A humble but enthusiastic orienteer, Suzanne helped her husband Craig map the park for potential orienteering events, and to provide a map that could be used for the existing permanent orienteering course. Together they offered a beginner orienteering day at one the 2018 summer camps. She regularly hikes the trails and walkways at JPPM, appreciating all the park has to offer. As an artist, she has been inspired for years and wishes to share these experiences in a show dedicated to Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Suzanne hopes you will come, share and enjoy. Light refreshments will be served and musical entertainment will be provided by Joe Norris.
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