Welcome to Jessica St. Clair Studio LLC's Live Creative blog!  A place to find the story behind the artwork, information about exciting exhibits and events, and encouragement to embrace creativity in every way!

Shop Small, Buy Art!

November 25, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

 
It's time to celebrate the season and show our support for small businesses!  And in the spirit of shopping small, this is a fantastic time to buy art!  Get unique and extra special gifts to give (or keep for yourself!) and help support artists and galleries that are working hard to bring creativity to the community.
 
• Visit JessicaStClairStudio.com and get 10% off all artwork prints all weekend long with coupon code SHOPSMALL10 (coupon code SHOPSMALL10 is valid 11/27/15 through 11/29/15 11:59pm EST for online purchases only)
 
• For artwork on exhibit, enjoy $10 off every $100 spent at Arts by the Bay Gallery on Small Business Saturday (valid 11/28/15 for artwork by all artists represented by Arts by the Bay Gallery, 307 Saint John St., Havre de Grace, MD)
 
Happy Shopping!  #SHOPSMALL
 

 


Third Place Award for "Tinker & Toil"

November 06, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

 
It was as if all the factory tradesmen left for the evening after a usual day of work, never to be seen again.  Tools, gloves, paperwork, even boots left awaiting their return were slowly being reclaimed by the elements in the long-abandoned factory I was exploring.  The way the sunlight crept through a small window and illuminated this workbench seemed to breathe life and hope into these rusted old tools, and made me stop and wonder about all the decades they’ve rested there, and the hands that were the last to labor with them. 

Long forgotten objects that have fallen victim to time hold such character and curiosity, a subject matter that enchants me.  Experiencing, capturing and conveying this moment has brought this secluded scene out of the darkness and into people's hearts, and I am honored that "Tinker & Toil" has been awarded Third Place in the 16th Annual Photography Show!

See Tinker & Toil at The Cecil County Arts Council 16th Annual Photography Show November 6-27, 2015, or visit my online portfolio for prints and more!

135 E. Main Street, Elkton, MD 21921 • Free event, open to the public!


 


People's Choice Award for "Glide the Swirl"

November 02, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

An example of "Glide the Swirl" in a living room setting. (Interior design photo found on http://nauticalcottageblog.com/) "Glide the Swirl" is one of those wonderful projects that inspired every moment from the time I dreamed it up in my head till it was something that physically existed.  I took the three photographs this image consists of over the course of years, and contemplated what I could do with each separately to make an interesting presentation.  Then it hit me that layering the rolling waves, stormy sky and seagull in flight together would create a really dramatic image, so I got to work and the ideas started exploding!  Such a striking scene deserves an equally unique and impressive presentation, so I split the image into halves and produced it on two gallery wrapped canvases.  Then I constructed a custom wooden plank backing with a natural, nautical feel and topped it off with a pop of texture and color with natural fiber rope.  With it's size, dimension, interplay of materials and striking subject matter, Glide the Swirl makes a fabulous focal point, as pictured in the example above.  (Interior design photo found on http://nauticalcottageblog.com/
 
Excited to announce Glide the Swirl has received the PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD at the 16th Annual Photography Show!  See the artwork on exhibit at The Cecil County Arts Council November 6-27, 2015.  (135 E. Main Street, Elkton MD, 21921 - Free event, open to the public!) 
 
Interested in making Glide the Swirl yours?  This image is available in my portfolio, or to inquire about purchasing the dimensional artwork exactly as pictured above, please contact me here!  
 
Below: Working on bringing the vision of Glide the Swirl to life!

 


"Tranquility Trunk" to be Auctioned in Support of Arts in Cecil County, MD

October 26, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

 

The Cecil County Arts Council's Annual Silent Auction & Gala is happening November 13, 2015!  This year's event, themed "Captain's Night," is a celebration of the Arts Council's 38 years of "presenting, promoting and sustaining the Arts in Cecil County."  I'm contributing my "Tranquility Trunk" to the silent auction, and lots more auction items will be up for bids!  I hope you'll join us at this waterfront location for an exquisite evening benefiting arts in the community!  Here are all the details:
 
The Cecil County Arts Council Annual Silent Auction & Gala "Captain's Night"
Friday, November 13, 2015
at Schaefer's Canal House
208 Bank Street • Chesapeake City, MD
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
 
Featuring live music, beer & wine cocktail hour, cash bar & heavy hors d'oeuvres
Quality silent auction items and raffles
 
Black Tie Optional
 
Member Ticket $70 • Non-Member Ticket $80 • Group of 8 Tickets $500
 
Please RSVP to The Cecil County Arts Council by October 30, 2015
 
What's in the Tranquility Trunk:
"Tomorrow's Promise" by Jessica St. Clair, Signed Photograph, Matted & Framed • Cruzan Coconut Rum • Seashore Candle
"Roll With It" by Jessica St. Clair, Signed Art Card • Plush Lounge Socks • Beach Glass Candle Jar • Starfish Hanging Decoration
Celebrate Every Day Book Box • LED String Lights • Dream Big Inspirational Trunk
 

"Farmhouse Macabre" on Exhibit, Receives Award

October 21, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Although it was a bright sunny day when I shot this photo, the scene exuded a tangible creepiness. The crumbling homestead and the slow screeches of the rusted metal windmill (actually photographed in another area of the property) could have been straight out of a horror film.  To indulge in my love of Halloween and take the eerie vibe this location emitted over the top, I layered three photographs and multiple effects until the image was unmistakably and accurately spooky.
 
"Farmhouse Macabre" was awarded Honorable Mention at the CCAC Annual Juried Show, and is on exhibit through October 29, 2015!

 


"Transition to Autumn"- Three Dimensional Version!

October 01, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Just finished the latest version of "Transition to Autumn."  Breathe in the warm, end of day sunshine with a hint of crisp autumn evening air rolling in over the dunes in this piece. Lots of love & handmade touches went into this one. Constructed three dimensional matting, which houses spears of beach grass, experimented with special fine art paper for a soft, almost watercolor feel, and also hand painted the frame to carry the rich colors of the photograph outward.  Available now and currently on exhibit at The Palette & The Page (120 East Main Street, Elkton, MD)!

 

 


45th Annual Art on the Green Festival

September 17, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Look for Jessica St. Clair Studio (booth D-33) at the 45th Annual Art on the Green festival!  This is a beautiful waterfront park venue in a historic setting.  Make a day of it and enjoy the show, local galleries, eateries and sights!  I'll have an exciting assortment of fine art to adorn and enhance your living space on display, and no sales tax or shipping costs make it a prime opportunity to introduce a new piece of artwork to your collection.  The complete line of Bark Remarks™ "doggone funny greetings for a great cause" will be available as well!  Hope to see you there!
 
Battery Park is located at 3rd and South Streets, New Castle, DE 19720

 

 


Stepping Out: Artist Dresses for Comfort, Adds Accessories for Style

September 12, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

 

       Thanks Cecil Whig for featuring me in your style section, I'm flattered!!!


Article & photos by Dara McBride [email protected] • Published in the Cecil Whig 9/11/15

Who: Jessica St. Clair, 35, an Elkton resident who is a professional artist and owner of Jessica St. Clair Studio LLC.

You may have seen her work at the Cecil County Arts Council – which recently featured her “Something to Bark About” exhibit – or The Palette & The Page gallery. Sales from her Bark Remarks greetings allow her to aid the local shelter and rescue dogs featured in the works.

Personal style: St. Clair’s look is “fashionable-functional.”

“I like putting together outfits that allow me to comfortably move around when I’m busy working in the studio, yet are also stylish enough to drop by a gallery with artwork or meet clients to discuss a project without requiring a wardrobe change. Looking polished doesn’t mean having to dress to the nines, it can be accomplished even in jeans,” she said.

Although there’s no one person she looks to for style inspiration, she does admire the way female designers on home makeover shows “have a certain savvy for dressing comfortably enough to work hard without sacrificing style and sophistication.”

Wardrobe staples: St. Clair has a stockpile of camis in every color.

“I wear them alone, layer them for an extra pop of color and, in the chilly months, I put them under sweaters for an added layer of warmth and color,” she said.

Maxi skirts and sandals are her summer staples and jeans or fleece-lined leggings and boots are her go-to for winter.

Jewelry: The accessories are the most special part of the outfit for St. Clair.

“I have an appreciation for the time, effort and passion that goes into creating works of art, and it’s important to me to support other artists. Now I only purchase jewelry handmade by local artists, and have acquired some really amazing pieces,” she said.

Favorites include custom silver necklace pendants featuring her husband’s and her initials and special numbers by Kimie Ranken from Arts by the Bay Gallery, and a brushed silver cuff bracelet by Sta-C Peterson at The Palette & The Page.

What’s in her bag: Chapstick and a hairbrush.

Lifestyles: St. Clair grew up on the Jersey Shore and moved to the Elkton area when she and her husband, TC, took jobs at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

“I love the quaint little towns along the water here. My husband and I really enjoy celebrating special occasions with a fabulous meal at the Chesapeake Inn, a canal cruise on the Miss Clare, visiting the little shops in Chesapeake City and topping the day off with ice cream at Canal Creamery,” she said.

She likes capturing the area in her art too.

“It’s such a picturesque area to photograph and is even the inspiration of a collection I’m working on called ‘Vintage Charm.’”


Fine Art by Jessica St. Clair is coming to Arts by the Bay Gallery November 2015!

September 04, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Excited to announce I'll be joining the Arts by the Bay Gallery in historic downtown Havre de Grace, MD in November 2015!  This unique gallery showcases the work of regional artisans in every imaginable medium; sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry and more are available for sale. Arts by the Bay also offers a great opportunity for visitors to meet the talent in person, as artists are responsible for manning this co-op gallery.  

My artwork will be available beginning with the next show, which debuts with an Opening Reception Friday, November 20, 2015.  I hope you'll make a trip to Havre de Grace, Maryland soon to enjoy everything this historic town along the water has to offer!

Arts by the Bay Gallery: 307 St. John Street, Havre de Grace, MD 21078  •  (410) 939-1818  www.artsbythebaygallery.com  


2015 Lotus Blossom Art & Nature Festival

July 29, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The Lotus Blossom Art & Nature Festival at historic Mount Harmon Plantation (Earleville, MD) is set to be a fantastic event!  Come out and enjoy the beauty of nature and artistic creations Saturday, August 1 from 10am-4pm!  Jessica St. Clair Studio will be exhibiting a wide variety of fine art and great finds for the season including nature, landscape and nautical themed pieces.  The full collection of Bark Remarks™ "doggone funny greetings for a great cause" will also be available!  It's going to be a great day, hope to see you there!


Art Show Wine & Cheese Reception at The Parklands at Cecilton

July 29, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Wine...Cheese...Art...What a fantastic way to enjoy a Friday evening and everyone is invited!  Join me for an Art Show and Reception at The Parklands at Cecilton July 31, 2015!  Free event!  My appreciation goes out to this community for supporting the arts and purchasing select pieces of work by local artists to adorn their community center, including my piece "Calla Lily Pretty," pictured in the article below!  Each artist who represents a piece of work decorating this community center will also have additional pieces on exhibit and available for purchase at this event.  Hope you'll join us for a lovely evening and find a special piece of artwork that speaks to you!

For more about the event, check out the article published in the Cecil Whig 7/29/15:

By Cheryl Mattix [email protected]

While I was out and about ...

The Parklands at Cecilton, a 62-unit workforce housing complex that opened this spring, is hosting a public art show and reception on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. to show off newly purchased local art for the apartment complex’s community room.

Those who attend will be able to see the approximately 20 pieces of artwork purchased by an interior decorator hired by the project developer, Ingerman, to be displayed in the community room at the apartment complex.

Participants will also be treated to wine and cheese, a tour of a two-bedroom apartment unit and an opportunity to purchase local art that will be brought to the show by about 20 members of the Cecil County Arts Council.

Eighteen two- and three- bedroom apartments remain available out of the 62 total units, according to Parklands manager Dawn McCreary.

Cecil County Arts Council Executive Director Annmarie Hamilton said Ingerman purchased a variety of art, including large abstracts and photos, from Cecil County artists Martie Bolinski, John Dixon, Curt Lang, Jessica St. Clair and Tommy Torres.

It’s free and sounds like a fun evening, so why not give it a try?

For any additional information, call The Parklands at 410-286-1125.

 


There's "Something to Bark About!" Take a tail wagging tour of the artwork collection.

July 14, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

 

** For the best viewing experience and easily readable text, please click the video player's settings icon, choose 1080p HD and view full screen.  Images can also be individually viewed in the portfolio here. **

"Something to Bark About" is a truly unique and purely original collection of artwork capturing the wit and wisdom of man's best friend.  Take a video tour of the exhibit and see all twelve vibrant designs featuring and giving back to dogs in need!  Get the special story behind the artwork and exhibit event as it appeared in the news here!  

Interested in purchasing poster prints from this special collection?  See each design individually in the portfolio and contact Jessica St. Clair Studio to request more information about made-to-order prints.

While you're here, check out the Bark Remarks™ collection of "doggone funny greetings for a great cause" that shares the mission of creatively featuring and giving back to dogs in need!


"Downtown Elkton Goes to the Dogs- Something to Bark About"

July 10, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Cecil Whig- July 10, 2015

By Sam Luvisi [email protected]

ELKTON – The Cecil County Arts Council barks up a new tree with dog-themed festivities this Friday.

Based around art exhibition “Something to Bark About,” a collection of photo portraits of shelter dogs by Jessica St. Clair, and open show “It's a Dog's Life,” the council hosts its first furry-friend themed night. There will be an array of dog-themed features at 135 E. Main St. and throughout downtown Elkton from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday.

“It just kind of mushroomed,” said Annmarie Hamilton, the council's executive director.

After announcing the event, the council received many offers from community members to volunteer, Hamilton added. Some of the proceeds from the night will go toward A Buddy for Life, a private rescue operation that serves as the animal control agency for Cecil County.

“This has a lot of enthusiasm because of all the animal lovers,” Hamilton said.

In addition to the gallery opening, events include a K-9 unit demonstration from the Elkton Police Department, “Ask a Vet” with Dr. Mindy Carletti, the Kona Ice Truck, and dog treat and clothing vendors. Lunchlines, a local poetry group that meets at the arts council, will present poems about dogs.

Certain businesses will be participating in “Paws on the Pavement,” an extension of the event from the Elkton Chamber & Alliance and PAWS for People, a pet-assisted visitation volunteer services. Attendees are invited to bring leashed dogs into participating businesses downtown. There will also be contests and games for those who bring along their dogs, and A Buddy for Life will be showing some adoptable dogs as well.

St. Clair said she created “Something to Bark About” – featuring photos of dogs on colorful backgrounds with personal quotes about their lovable canine qualities – as a spin-off of her greeting card collection, “Bark Remarks.” Her mission is to feature and help dogs in need.

“In this exhibit I wanted to highlight the amazing qualities dogs possess and the precious life lessons they offer humans,” she said. She hopes her art and the event will inspire others to adopt and aid the dogs. “It's heartbreaking to hear the sad past some of these pups came from, and I hope showcasing their beautiful and resilient character in a creative way will help generate positive attention for them.”

She said photographing the shelter dogs was “a blast.”

“They instinctively ham it up and give me some of the most priceless expressions,” she said. “They can be the biggest challenge because they're an excited blur of fur, but they are definitely the most rewarding experience.”

The brightly colored backgrounds were created as a way to draw attention to the dogs' faces, said St. Clair.

“Especially their eyes, I felt it was important to have vibrant yet simplified backdrops to set them against,” she said. “I hand-drew doodles for an innocent, whimsical feel and used a different energetic color for each design.”

Inspiration for St. Clair's personal quotes came sitting with her own dog, Molly, she said.

“Along with memories of every dog I've ever loved, the personal quotes flowed out of my heart, through my hand and onto paper like music,” she said. “I wanted the images to really resonate with people, and I felt if they were set to words that are relatable and could tug a heart string, the impact would be even deeper.”

St. Clair said she hopes people “feel a sense of community, the value of creative expression, and the desire to do something good,” in viewing her exhibit, which will be on display until July 31.

“If they have a dog, I hope they go home and give it an extra big hug,” she said. “If they're interested in expanding their family, I hope this exhibit might inspire them to visit a shelter and give a dog in need the loving family it deserves.

“It's a Dog's Life” and related downtown Elkton activities are free on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. on Main Street in Elkton. Call 410-392-5740 for questions related to the event.

See the entire "Something to Bark About" artwork collection in the online portfolio or take a tail-wagging video tour!


"Commerce in Cecil" Radio Interview with Jessica St. Clair Studio, LLC.

June 13, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

 

Artist and entrepreneur Jessica St. Clair discusses her work in leading edge mixed media fine art photography, digital art and graphic design, along with her special mission of giving back through art in a radio interview with Cecil County (MD) Chamber of Commerce President, Bonnie Grady.


Something to Bark About

June 05, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

In celebration and appreciation of man's best friend, the message of this artwork is surely "Something to Bark About!"

This project was so much fun to work on because it gave me the opportunity to combine my passion for art and design with my love of dogs, and create images that will definitely strike a chord with anyone who has been lucky enough to have a furry best friend...or has ever wanted one.

The artwork is vibrant and colorful and thoughtful, and each piece also features a truism from funny to philosophical inspired by dogs I've loved throughout my life.  I've combined photography, digital art, illustration, graphic design and typography mediums to create a truly unique and purely original collection.

This exhibit is a spin-off of my Bark Remarks™ greeting card line and shares the mission of featuring and giving back to dogs in need.  Many of the pups photographed for "Something to Bark About" are rescues or are in need of rescue, and I'll donate a portion of each of my artwork sales to local shelter animals in need of loving homes.  

I hope you'll join me for the opening reception festivities Friday, July 10th from 5-8pm at the Cecil County Arts Council on Main Street in Elkton, Maryland!  K-9 demonstrations, local four-legged heroes, dog clothing and treat vendors, dog poems, music, refreshments and more will be part of this exciting event that is free and open to the public.  Bring your licensed and leashed dogs to participate in the family fun.  "Something to Bark About" will continue exhibiting through July 31.  

Check out the article published in the Cecil Whig here

Can't make it in person, but want to see the entire collection?  Click "Something to Bark About" to see this exhibit in my portfolio! 

 

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