Ursula Schneider has artwork displayed in galleries on both coasts of the United States as well as internationally. But when Ruth Baggett opened Gallery 1025 in Paducah three years ago, all it took was a quick phone call to Schneider and the gallery space filled with the New York artist’s work.
“I found her work online, and it stood out from all the others,” Baggett said. “So I contacted her. I was just starting out, but I told her about the town and the Artist Relocation Program, and she came. It was pretty incredible.”
Schneider will display four paintings and a collection of about a dozen wood cuts during her second exhibition at Gallery 1025, which starts with an artist talk and reception on Saturday. The first visit, she said, sold her on coming back to Paducah a second time.
“The city was so nice,” Schneider said. “All of the artists I was introduced to were fantastic. And I loved the river. It was so much different from anything I have seen before. It pulled more, and everything was bigger.”
Her gravitation to the river is natural. Most of her paintings that will be displayed at Gallery 1025 are based on the Hudson River in New York. Schneider, originally from Switzerland, moved to the United States in 1968 to pursue a degree in fine arts from the San Francisco Arts Institute. She made her way to New York City in 1980, but soon left Manhattan for studio space and a home in Rockland County, just outside the city. She currently teaches painting at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y.
Schneider said her artist talk will focus mostly on the ideas behind her displayed work. She said she will focus on how she translates an idea into reality, leaving it up to her audience to connect with it on an intuitive level.
Baggett said the opportunity to see an artist of Schneider’s expertise and to speak with her is not to be missed.
“She is so down to earth and delightful,” Baggett said. “It is such an opportunity for people to get to know her. Any time you get to hear an artist talk about their work, you get make a connection between the artist’s personality and their work. It all comes full circle for you.”
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