Sifting the Silence

In the Thicket, 48"x108" acrylic on canvas triptych by Shirley Scheier


Sifting the Silence:

Painting and Printmaking by Shirley Scheier

July 4 - August 18, 2024
Open 12 Noon to 5 PM Thursdays through Mondays
Jeanette Best Gallery
701 Water Street, Port Townsend, Washington


IN HER ART, Shirley Scheier seeks to share the energy of nature, and the joy she finds there.

Scheier, who lives in Port Townsend, loves to hike, garden and sail; naturally, inspiration for her work comes from the Salish Sea, the forest and the flowers in bloom outside her door.

These days, the artist uses nets, soaked in color and cast across paper and canvas. Working in her studio, Scheier follows the feeling of being guided; a stream of consciousness, a conversation with the art as it takes shape.

The Surrealists were an important influence for Scheier, who holds degrees from the University of Kansas and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

As an art student, Scheier concentrated on exploring materials and methods, and went her own way, to find her own voice. Scheier has received a MacDowell fellowship among other awards, and has done residencies and exhibited her art around the world, from Eugene, Oregon, to Wuhan, China, to Aberdeen, Scotland.

Her work is part of the collections at the Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.

Now a professor emerita, she taught art at the University of Washington from 1986 through 2016.

Meg Kaczyk, another Port Townsend artist, has said that Scheier’s work evokes transcendentalists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Agnes Pelton — with her own signature markings of subtlety and depth.

Seeing these works in the gallery, adds Kaczyk, “I can just immerse myself, and fall into these paintings.”