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Home and Studio as One" the creative space of Ruth Schorer
Children's Art Festival at the Maitland Art Center


Highlights from the 54th Winter Park Art Festival


    54th Winter Park Art Festival
    Ruth Schorer at the 54th Winter Park Art Festival

Ruth Schorer (Right) - icFlorida Photog

A bevy of beautiful artwork adorned the

sidewalks of Winter Park for the 54th Annual

Sidewalk Art Festival,

March 15th through 17, 2013


    54th Winter Park Art Festival    54th Winter Park Art Festival


54th Winter Park Art Festival   54th Winter Park Art Festival

54th Winter Park Art Festival    54th Winter Park Art Festival

54th Winter Park Art Festival    54th Winter Park Art Festival



54th Winter Park Art Festival    54th Winter Park Art Festival


54th Winter Park Art Festival    54th Winter Park Art Festival


54th Winter Park Art Festival    54th Winter Park Art Festival


54th Winter Park Art Festival



Winter Park Examiner Home and studio as one: the creative space of Ruth Schorer

April 20, 10:20 PMWinter Park ExaminerRex Thomas
Ruth Schorer in her studio
Ruth Schorer in her studio

"I'm in the middle of the Children's Art Festival," declared Ruth Schorer as she indicated the incredible full-sized murals and paintings in her studio.  "Here's the list!"  She had several dozen art projects that need to be completed by April 25, when the Maitland Art Center hosts the Children's Art Festival. But she doesn't stop there; her work for the last 7 years on behalf of this annual event lies in different areas in her studio, conmingled with grisse work (studying old masters' techniques for oil paintings), work she completed for Harry Potter birthday parties, glass work, painting, sculpture, ceramic, acrylic, and oils.


Entering RAS Art Studio is like entering a movie in media res; she has so many projects going on at once that you are immersed immediately and completely in her thought process and efforts.  Schorers' studio is her house, or more correctly, her house is her studio, operating in an industrial district in north Orlando.  "I moved here five years ago with the help of some artist friends," she said.  "And I am in heaven.  I have all this space and I can create 12-14 hours a day.  Sometimes, I take a break and play the piano at 2am, then I go back to work for a couple of hours."  Schorer lives a true artist's life, focusing completely and utterly on her work.

The further back into her studio one goes, the further back in time one seems to get.  "These were for a Halloween party last year," she said in the next room, indicating a pirate's head and several other gruesome creations.  In her next room, another workstation is set up, where she creates handmade watercolor cards and other watercolor images.  This is adjacent to her piano, and when she relaxes in front of the TV, Schorer knits colorful scarves and other items out of donated yarn.  "Most of these materials, someone has given me," she commented.


Ruth Schorer's Butterfly and Yellow RoseSchorer then casually mentioned her award for a poem she composed last year, opening up another window into her creative world: poetry.  Is she done yet, one wonders, thinking perhaps there is no medium she is not comfortable in.


"I started as an Assistant Manager with the Technical Art Manager at the Nuremberg State Opera," she says, "and maybe all this artwork, and the narrative storylines that associate with it, go back to that in my mind."  Schorer's art is beautiful and precise, and she loves to create real worlds and fantasy worlds, aiming much of her energy towards children, which suprise and delight her.


There is really no boundary between her house and her studio, and Schorer thinks nothing of this.  "I get inspired at the oddest times," she confesses, "and I always have to be ready to do something."

Schorer also states that she is "busy turning stuff into something," by which she means that most of her materials are donated or rescued from scrap.  Elevating trash into art is a movement, and Schorer's efforts are practical - it keeps the cost down - as well as creative.  "Frank Holt asked me to do something for the Menello Museum's "Story of the Seminole Indians" exhibit, so I created a scene from the Florida Everglades out of yard waste," she explains, holding an engaging diorama about 2 feet square.  This lies on a book case full of German and English books about art and history.


Schorer's house is a typical 1950's or so wood structure that has had multiple additions over the decades, and no corner is left empty.  She seems pretty organized, with each room dedicated to certain efforts and mediums, and the front room at the entry being the main Children's Art Festival production room, maybe because of its high ceilings and plenty of light.  Schorer's dream world is so powerful that she expresses it through multiple media, sometimes all at once, and needs all this space to do so.  "My previous studio was my porch only, and it felt claustrophobic," she says, "and this house is a dream Ruth Schorer with Seminole Womancome true for me."


While other artists work out of small, makeshift spaces, Schorer uses the spatial arrangement of her entire house to her advantage.  She has the energy of three 20-year-olds and her exhibition schedule, with an average of 4 shows a year, keep her quite busy.


What is next for her?  "I'm learning the computer, and am interested in using it to catalog and promote my art," she says.  "We'll see."  Her home office, where the computer resides, is an oasis from the creative output found elsewhere, but that may change soon.


Schorer is on the faculty of the Maitland Art Center, where she has been teaching children's art classes for the past 9 years.   She teaches at her studio, RAS Art Studio, and provides scenery and art programs for special events such as birthday parties, art festivals, and other children's events. 


Her work will be seen at the Children's Art Festival at the Maitland Art Center on April 25, as she has done for the past six years, and she will attract the usual devoted following of fascinated children as she uses art to engage, surprise, and delight.

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Winter Park Examiner Children's Art Festival at the Maitland Art Center

April 20, 6:06 AMWinter Park ExaminerRex Thomas
Gettin' Messy Here
Gettin' messy here

The Children's Art Festival will be held at the Maitland Art Center on Saturday, April 25, 2009.  This year, the annual event will be themed "Wild about Native American Culture,"  coinciding with the current exhibit, Art of the Seminole.  The Festival will begin at 10am, and run until 2pm.  The Maitland Art Center is located at 231 Packwood Avenue in Maitland, Florida.


"This is our seventh year, and it has become one of the most popular events at the Maitland Art Center," said Program Director Gloria Capozzi.  Ms. Capozzi has helped plan each Children's Art Festival since its inception in 2003, when it won United Art's prestigious Best Debut Award for arts-related events. 


This festival is the most recent incarnation of the Art Center's outreach to children; in the 1930s, founder Andre Smith collaborated with Zora Neal Hurston to teach art to the children of Eatonville, staging plays, and generally giving children a chance to particiate together in art activities.  "The festival continues to reach out to a diverse demographic," commented Ms. Capozzi.  It is our goal to foster arts appreciation in people of all ages and backgrounds."


Ruth Schorer, the creative force behind much of the festival, will display her prodigious talents as a painter to communicate this year's theme.  Multiple life-size paintings from Seminole culture, including a full-sized Osceola, Seminole children, alligators, and other parts of Florida history will grace the gardens around the art studios, enlivening the children's activities, and echoing many of the art and cultural pieces on display in the Gallery.  Her full-sized murals and themed artwork has set the stage for each Children's Art Festival, and this year, in addition to her preparation, she will be conducting art activities for the children as well.


Children will experience live performances from local Native American artists.  The Talako Indian Dancers will give a demonstration dance at the Art Center, providing insight into the use of dance as narrative.  Grandma Coyote will provide a storytelling session for children, telling Native American stories such as the Legend of the Talking Feathers, and David White Wolf will dress in full Native American regalia.


Creative child under Ruth Schorer's instructionChildren's art activities are "make and take," meaning they will be able to make artwork and take it home.  Some activities include doll-making, drum-making, and beading, using traditional Native American crafts.  In addition, artists will teach the children to make model canoes out of paper, and children can create and work patchwork puzzles.  The Flying Eagle Puppets will be there, and children can make puppets, and children can also make a Climbing Bear Cup.


In addition, children will be able to read animal tracks, and the Central Florida Zoo will have some of their native animals at the Art Center for children to view closeup.  And an archeological digging site will be created at the Art Center, which will give children a chance to learn how archeologists work, and participate in a dig.


Maitland Art Center artists and staff always put amazing creative and planning energy into transforming the Art Center into a children's environment, and this year it is focused on the culture of Florida's Seminole history. There is something fun and exciting for children of all ages to do.  This festival exposes children to the visual and performing arts in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, and should be on any parents' list for a terrific local Saturday activity this coming weekend.

[photos Gloria Capozzi]

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