The next Jefferson City Art Club featured artist is Fred Schollmeyer, who has been painting professionally for 30 years. His artwork is painted in a photorealistic style. He uses acrylic paint and airbrush to produce his finished artwork.
His subject matter varies greatly from vintage toys to local Missouri landscapes. He feels the painting process itself is the most important aspect of being an artist. The process is a relaxing and personal experience that is very self-rewarding, he said.
Since childhood Schollmeyer has always been interested in the arts. He was an art teacher for 30 years and always found time to produce art during that period. Over time his students taught him the importance of art in their lives and his. His work has been featured in more than 20 national art exhibits.
Since 2008, nine of his paintings have been featured in the prestigious Watercolor USA Exhibit in Springfield, Missouri. Schollmeyer's artworks have been included in several national publications, including North Light's "AcrylicWorks" series.
Since the mid-1990s, he has displayed his work in numerous art fairs throughout the Midwest. In 2012, he became a member of the Daily Painters group, showing and selling his work online at dailypaintworks.com.
Schollmeyer is a signature member of the Watercolor Honor Society and the Missouri Watercolor Society. He is also a member of the Best of Missouri Hands, the Columbia Art League, Arts Rolla and the Jefferson City Art Club.
His work can be found in collections throughout the USA and Europe. Schollmeyer will also have an exhibit from May 15-June 26 at the Department of Motor Vehicles, 1617 Southridge Drive and at the Jefferson City Art Club's website, www.jeffersoncityartclub-missouri.com, as named the club's upcoming featured artist.
Mid-Missouri art happenings and exhibits
The "Life's a Beach" exhibit will be May 17-June 18 at Capital Arts Gallery, 1203 Missouri Blvd. This exhibit will feature people, places and things in and around bodies of water. There will be a reception from 1-4 p.m. June 9. For more information, call 573-635-8355 or visit www.capitalarts.org.
The "Icon" exhibit is now showing at Columbia Art League, 207 S. Ninth St. in Columbia. The exhibit gives the artists a chance to explore their feelings about iconology and idolatry in modern society. Art in the Park is coming up June 1-2. The gallery is open 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 573-443-8838 or visit columbiaartleague.org.
Art House will hold the Callaway Plein Air event and exhibit May 23-26 with a reception on May 26 at its gallery at 531 Court St. in Fulton. Stop by Art House from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 573-592-7733 or visit arthousefultonmo.org.
The Sedalia Visual Arts Association maintains a rotating art exhibit at The Sedalia City Hall in Sedalia Municipal Building, 200 S. Osage in Sedalia. They feature two new artists every two months, with the work of Gary Cadwallader and Faith Bemiss currently on display through June 15. Hours of operation are 8:30-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The association will have an exhibit May 24-Aug. 18 at Goddard Gallery in Daum Museum of Contemporary Art at State Fair College in Sedalia. A reception will be 6-8 p.m. June 27. For more information, call Hoover at 660-238-6242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, association secretary and treasurer Glenda Miller at 660-458-6575 or email email@example.com, or visit sedaliavisualartassociation.org.
The Village Art Studio's summer art camps are coming up, allowing children ages 6 and older to enjoy themed artistic fun. Each camp has two sessions to choose from — 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-4 p.m. Classes are also June 3-7 and July 8-12 with a theme of African Animal Safari. Village Art Studio is located at 1502 E. High St., Suites 40 and 60. The studio is also available for birthday parties for all ages. For more information, call 573-230-1414 or visit thevillageartstudio.com.
The SilverSmith's Design Co. in Tipton is run Debbie and Sarah Smith. Debbie designs and re-designs handmade clothing, which can also be created from repurposed clothing. Both Sarah and Debbie make personalized jewelry, including personalized antique spoon and fork rings. These may be made of your antique silver or you may pick from their selection. They also have eclectic antique furniture. The shop, located at 11272 U.S. 50, will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 8 and 10-4 p.m. June 14-15. For more information, call 660-473-1750 or visit them on Facebook, @TheSilverSmiths.
Jimmy Mustion is a professional artist who is involved in area arts organizations and galleries.