New art exhibition offers visitors ‘Serenity’

| 05/01/2016
Cayman News Service

Laurél Schmid at work, surrounded by her paintings

(CNS): Artist Laurél Schmid heads a line-up of home-grown talent on show at The Gallery at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman’s latest art exhibition entitled “Serenity”, which is set to open 12 January. Originally from Wisconsin in the US, Schmid graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and has more than 20 years of experience as a graphic artist.

“I’ve been creative for as long as I can remember, and always preferred art class over other subjects in school,” she said. “As far as I can tell, my design roots may be from my grandparents on my Mom’s side as they loved to take road trips throughout the States and when they passed we discovered an awesome sketch book in the closet.”

She typically creates in acrylic but also works with coloured pencil and watercolour. Her artwork has been exhibited and sold throughout the Cayman Islands and has been collected locally and internationally. She has also been a board member of the Visual Arts Society.

“Whether it’s cloud formations, a storm over the sea, or the shifts in sunlight, every day is different in Cayman and the vivid colours and tropical surroundings provide much of my inspiration,” Schmid explained, adding, “I create and paint from my heart. To have the end result noticed and enjoyed by someone is a tremendous compliment and truly humbling.”

Chris Christian, director at The Gallery at The Ritz-Carlton, described the artist and her work. “Laurél possesses a truly exceptional talent, especially when it comes to capturing the natural environment. Her artwork definitely sums up the ‘Serenity’ theme for this latest exhibition and I encourage everyone to come and view the exhibition,” he said.

“We have in total 45 talented artists exhibiting, which means we will be offering incredible diversity and creativity within the theme. All artwork is for sale so everyone can take home a piece of ‘Serenity’ for themselves.”

In addition to Schmid, among the many artists exhibiting at “Serenity” will be Al Ebanks, April Bending, Avril Ward, Cathy Church, Chris Christian, Courtney Platt, Gordon Solomon, Kerwin Ebanks, Randy Chollette, Renate Seffer, Shane ‘Dready’ Aquârt, Tansy Maki, Patrick Broderick, Nasaria Suckoo-Chollette and Tessa Hydes.

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