BEAUTY: art, gifts, decor
 

“As I paint and create I am interpreting the world around me. My art reflects my love of shapes in space, handsome and vibrant color, balance, and classical rhythm. Each work is an intrinsic part of me, reflecting hours, weeks and sometimes years of my intimate relationship with my painting. When I am finally satisfied enough to place my work before the viewer, you will have a glimpse into my soul and a part of my being.

“I work primarily in acrylic and paint abstractly. I also work realistically in oils, a discipline and an exercise which leads me to a more fluid approach to my abstract work. I would describe myself as an abstract expressionist, painting because I must paint, as I must breathe, spontaneously, directly from my hand to the canvas. Compositions develop as I work. All of my work is original and one of a kind. It is my opinion: no work of art is ever completed.

“I have painted continually for over 40 years, but I am now able to dedicate my life exclusively to my work. Exhibited selectively, my painting, prints and drawings hang in the homes of everyday people. I make my work available to those who respond to it. Why should you buy original art? Because it gives you pleasure. There is no other reason.”

Lois Schlachter, September 2013

 

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BACKGROUND

Lois Schlachter was born on December 20, 1949 in Philadelphia where she would live for the next 48 years. Life was happy for the Schlachter family. Never being particularly fond of school, Lois preferred playing and building things, always having her hands in her father’s toolbox. Like most children, Lois loved to color. She frequently outlined drawings with the black crayon. Her first real appreciation of color came when she discovered a bed of pansies in her Grandfather’s garden.

Photography became an important interest when at age 10, Lois took over a discarded box camera and started to record her life. As she excelled both in sports and art, Lois came out of her shell. She knew at a young age that she wanted to be an artist. In high school she played sports and majored in art. In her spare time she worked to save money for art school.

At 17, Lois was accepted as a first year painting student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). Her parents advised that it would be difficult to earn a living as an artist and that she should look into getting a job with the Department of Recreation. Lois took their advice and landed a part-time position there.

Lois spent five years at PAFA and after graduation began a full-time career with the Department of Recreation/Fairmount Park. She loved her job and spent 31 years as a recreation director, meeting thousands of people and having fun. At age 48, Lois retired to return to her true passion, painting.

Art has resonated throughout Lois’ life. All of her experiences lie within her waiting to be expressed through her painting. Lois feels that painting is as vital and necessary to her as breath. Working hard and enjoying the bounty and the beauty of the world around her, Lois acknowledges that she was born to be a painter.

Most days you will find Lois working in one of her two studios. One is along the banks of the Perkiomen Creek in Spring Mount, PA and the other on Hemlock Lake in Kunkletown. Lois is a prolific painter, perhaps making up for 31 years of earning a living in another field. Yet, at the end of the day, you will probably find Lois relaxing on the water with a fishing rod in hand.

EDUCATION

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Academy Certificate of Painting: 1967 to 1972
Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts): BFA - 1980

EMPLOYMENT

Director of Recreation - City of Philadelphia and Fairmount Park: 1968 to 1998
Painter - 1999 to Present
Exhibition Committee, Philadelphia Sketch Club: 11 annual juried shows and 7 annual solo shows 2007 - 2010

RECENT EXHIBITIONS

Beauty Art Gallery “Expressions,” Newtown Square, PA, 2013
Open Gallery, one-person show, Vincennes, IN, 2013
85th Annual International Juried Exhibit at Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA 2013, Prize
Lancaster County Art Association National Juried Exhibition, Lancaster, PA, 2013
Perkiomen Valley Art Center Members Show, Harleysville, PA, 2013, Prize
The Lehigh Art Alliance 78th Annual Spring Juried Exhibition, Bethlehem, PA, 2013, Prize
150th Annual Small Oils Juried Exhibition at The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA, 2013
Rosemont School of the Holy Child, one-person show, Bryn Mawr, PA, 2012,
The Philadelphia Sketch Club Members Exhibition, Phila., PA, 2012
Tyme Gallery 15th Juried Exhibition, Havertown, PA, 2012, Prize
The Berks Art Alliance 35th Open Juried Show, Reading, PA, 2012
Upstream People Gallery 14th Annual Abstraction Juried Online International Exhibition, 2012, Prize
Art on the Avenue, Invitational Shows, Chester, PA, 2011
Tyme Gallery, "Color Splash", two-person show, Havertown, PA, 2011
Art Trust Invitational Gifted Show, West Chester, PA, 2011

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

The Philadelphia Sketch Club
Fellowship of The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Alumni of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Philadelphia Tri-State Artist Equity
Perkiomen Valley Art Center
North Penn Art Alliance
Burlington County Art Guild
The Plastic Club
American Association of Painters in Casein & Acrylic
Lehigh Art Alliance
Art Association of Harrisburg
Berks County Art Alliance
Main Line Art Center
DaVinci Art Alliance
Willingboro Art Alliance
Allied Artist of America, Inc.

GALLERIES

Off the Wall Gallery and Framing, Skippack, PA
Beauty Art Gallery, Newtown Square, PA
Profiles Gallery, Chestnut Hill, PA
Clay Rocket, LLC, West Chester, PA

 
 
 

Beauty Art, Gifts & Décor
3857 Providence Rd., #200, Newtown Square, PA 19073
Tel: 610-353-4569 Email: info@beautyartgallery.net
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