When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”~ Paul Coelho

"Some Mad Hope..."
A young and vital child knows no limit to his own will, and it is the only reality to him. It is not that he wants at the outset to fight other wills, but that they simply do not exist for him. Like the artist, he goes forth to the work of creation, gloriously alone.
Jane Harrison

Jude Harzer Artist/Art Educator

Jude Harzer Artist/Art Educator
My art is a reflection of my effort to recognize and embrace the beauty in the world around me, even when it seems most difficult to find. Contact me at judiharz@aol.com or visit my website at http://www.judeharzerfineart.com

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"Most of us have two lives- the life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands resistance."Steven Pressfield

"The greatest freedoms are freedom from regret, freedom from fear, freedom from anxiety, and freedom from sorrow."
Thich Nhat Hanh

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tell Me A Story

My children loved for me to tell them stories when they were young, requesting to hear the same silly tales over and over again. I would fabricate details in an effort to make them more interesting, but they were satisfied ,and actually demanded ,that I adhere to the original version. My daughter has become somewhat of a storyteller herself and truly possesses a gift for writing. One of her favorite books as a child was, "Tell Me A Mitzi " by Lore Segal.

I also enjoy hearing stories about people and their lives. Their personal narratives reveal who they are as individuals. Some people are better story tellers than others. I knew someone once who had a particularly melodic and euphonious voice that made listening to the simplest account of life's happenings, a pleasurable and transforming experience. When I paint, I often think of that voice and actually began a series of paintings entitled, "Tell Me A Story."

If you care to listen, everyone has their own unique story to share. Ask someone to tell you theirs. It is a gift really, because you are given a glimpse into their life, their thoughts and at times, their heart and soul.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


"Within our dreams and aspirations, we find our opportunities."
- Sue Atchley Ebaugh

At this moment in my life, I am blessed with an abundance of opportunities.In these politically and economically volatile times, opportunities still exist...positive and meaningful opportunities! Never abandon your dreams and aspirations. Genuine wealth and happiness have very little to do with money.Personally, this is a "moment" of pure "synchronicity." Dream!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

November 15,2008 Art Exhibit

Next month, I am going to share a large body of my paintings with an audience in a 2 person exhibit entitled:

Recent works of Jim Inzero and Jude Harzer.
The opening reception will be held at
638 Arnold Ave.
Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ.
4-8 pm

Over the summer I told Jim Inzero how I envisioned "his" art show. I clearly saw his encaustic paintings displayed against richly textured, scraped plaster walls. Now others will be able to appreciate his work, displayed against those actual walls.To read more about the encaustic technique and to preview emerging artist, Jim Inzero's work, check out his blog at: www.shoreartist.blogspot.com/

Both Jim and I live and work at the Jersey shore. We have created an opportunity to exhibit in our own neighborhood.For those of you who have not had the pleasure of experiencing Pt. Pleasant Beach on a brisk autumn day, a visit is well worth the trip. It is a beautiful and charming shore town that offers fine shopping ,dining and family entertainment. Downtown Pt. Pleasant Beach is just blocks away from the ocean and boardwalk. This nostalgic seaside resort is also a year round residential gem! It boasts contemporary businesses like, Stella e Luna Boutique, Green Planet Coffee Company, The Beanery, Jenkinson's Aquarium and other quality attractions.

A friend once told me that "nothing is random" and encouraged me to see and embrace opportunities. This is one of those "moments." I feel very fortunate that Jim Inzero invited me to participate in this exhibit. Although our art and preferred techniques differ, our "vision" is very much the same. We value skill and creativity and have succeeded in producing impressive bodies of work that celebrate who we are as artists and as individuals. We hope that you will visit the Jersey shore and join us for our opening.
Thank you Jim and Lauren:)

Jude, Art and Inspiration