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‘Creating a collageis like playing’


The “Schumacher family” is already known for cars.

Now, Kathryn Schumacher — sister of Chuck Schumacher, head of the local car dealerships — wants her name known for collage, too.

She’s a former interior designer who’s taken her skill at mixing color, paint and fabric swatches from the room to the wall.

Three dozen of her pieces are on exhibit this month at the New Studio for the Visual Arts in Jupiter.

“I have always painted, mostly watercolors and acrylics,” says Schumacher, who lives in Hobe Sound in the winter and Kennebunk, Maine, in the summer. “When I re-discovered collage several years ago, I found that I could combine my love of painting and color with detritus and scrap-paper materials and create compositions full of color, line, texture and motion.”

Creating a collage is like playing, she says. It’s like creating a beautiful room.

“My rooms were essentially my canvases,” she says of her interior-design career. “Also, I used to sew a lot and make custom decorative pillows in my design business. Then, I was piecing together fabrics and colors to form designs with quilting and tapestry. Collage is similar in that I’m piecing together mixed media to form compositions.”

She has traveled a number of times to Africa, where she works with two nonprofit organizations — World Women Work and Save the Elephants. Her travel often provides themes for her collages.

Well-known collage artist Bruce Helander is her mentor.

They both scour flea markets and antique shops for vintage stuff they can cut and paste into pictures.

She’s waited all her life — and through several careers, including broadcasting, advertising and interior design, she says — to devote herself full time to art.

“When I am immersed in my artistic endeavors — it is the most peaceful and rewarding time for me.”



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