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