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

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

To Elsewhere and Back: Beginning Again

So I had every intention of maintaining my blog and sharing my past year's excursion, out west and back...to the Elsewhere Art Residency in Paonia, Colorado , the Rensing Center in Pickens, South Carolina and then to teach a mixed media summer session at Savannah College of Art and Design. I posted excerpts of happenings and work as they occurred last year but felt hard pressed to stay in the moment rather than record in words and images a daily journal. There are moments I wish I had as upon returning, after six months gone, it immediately felt like a distant memory....as though it hadn't happened.

But I did go, return and resume life here in New Jersey, which by the way, is quite amazing. It is only now , as I settle in to a new year, nearly 12 months to the date of my departure, that  I am able to reflect and fully appreciate all that transpired and how much has actually changed. Best of all is that I met incredible people and made an abundance of new work that I intend to share in a solo exhibit entitled "Elsewhere". (information to follow)

And so in an attempt to reconnect here with fellow artists and friends, I am posting some of my most recent projects and exhibits! It is also a reminder to myself to press on...


Monmouth Museum 36th Annual Juried Art Exhibition.

Jude Harzer Juror's award....so honored
Seriously an unexpected honor to be awarded the Juror's award! Very grateful!
Hope to see you!
Prince Street Gallery
7th National Juried Exhibition
Juror: Robert Berlind
January 27 through February 21, 2015
Opening Reception:...

Saturday, January 31, 3 - 6 pm Gallery Hours: 11 - 6 pm Tuesday - Saturday
Lipscomb Gallery at the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities  
Fall 14: Artists of The Rensing Center — at Lipscomb Gallery at the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities.
November 10- December 4, 2014 
The Lipscomb Gallery welcomes the final show of 2014 with Natural Wonder: Artists of The Rensing Center. This is a group exhibition of current and past artists-in-residence at The Rensing Center located in Pickens, SC.
Artist and Rensing Director Ellen Kochansky curated the show, bringing together works that span a variety of materials but all linked by the Rensing experience. A gallery talk will be held on Thursday, November 13, at 4:30 p.m., with the show open from November 10 through December 4.
Selected artists: Adrienne Antonson, Ali Aschman, Molly Aubry, Amelie Beaudroit, Dylan Critchfield-Sales, Shelby Davis, Ryan Finnerty, Jude Harzer, Alyson Highsmith, Ellen Kochansky, Evelyn Rensing Kochansky, Colette Lucas, Drew Matott and Margaret Mehan, Anna Lena Phillips, Jennifer Rabin, and Crystal Schenk.


WORKSHOP WITH JUDE HARZER : The Expressive Portrait


I am excited, nervous and honored to be teaching a workshop "The Expressive Portrait" at the Franciscan Life Process !
Thank you to the very gracious Kathleen Bechtel for the invite!

I hope that you will join me! I can promise you great energy, attention, experience, stories and of course a glimpse into my process  that hopefully might benefit yours! Please feel free to share this link to my event!

Workshop date: Friday, March 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM (EDT)
Lowell, MI The Franciscan Life Process Center

Workshop Schedule:

Daily 9:00 am -4:00 pm
Break: 12 - 12:30

Day 1: Introductions, Presentation, Materials and Painting Demonstration,  Establishing an Underpainting and Color Palette Selection to infer mood, Studio Time, Individual assistance to participants.

Day 2: Brief group morning critique (idea sharing), Demonstration, Studio Time, Individual Assistance, Effectively integrating mixed media and refining the overpainting.

Day 3: Morning discussion aimed toward resolving the expressive portrait, Studio time, Individual assistance, Concluding critique.

Please feel free to write with any questions prior to the workshop to ensure your comfort in feeling prepared.
Hope to hear from you and that you will join me!








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