All artists know that output, production and patron interest comes in waves. There are dry spells and then there are booms of productivity, the same goes for exhibitions. An artist might stay busy creating a body of work to get ready for an exhibition, then more and more opportunities present themselves and then the artist needs to ride that wave through. For one retired Texas farrier and artist, this time is now. Boerne’s own western and wildlife painter, Bill Scheidt, is gearing up for a great fall season. With four major gallery exhibitions in August and September, he has been diligently working in the studio to prepare for his overbooked schedule.
I recently sat down with Mr. Scheidt to talk about his upcoming exhibitions, life’s struggles and celebrations. In this dialogue, I think it is adequate to note he also talked about losing two colleagues in the art world who were influential in his art career, who died on the same day: Mr. Hershel Miller and artist Roy Lee Ward. Hershel Miller, owner and founder of the Woodstone Gallery in Kerrville, gave Scheidt his first gallery exhibition. Scheidt has remained with Miller since 1988 as a loyal artist providing artwork for the gallery until Miller’s death in July 2015. Scheidt’s friend, colleague and artist, Roy Lee Ward, also passed on July 13, 2015. Ward left behind a legacy that inspired many Texas artists including Scheidt, a career that included the distinguished “Texas State Artist” award, bestowed by the State of Texas legislature in 1995.
Reflecting upon these circumstances, Scheidt was happy to say how lucky and fortunate he is to have such a successful career in the arts and the western and wildlife genre.
Full of energy, Scheidt talks about exhibition catalogs, exhibitions in other states, regional recognitions and meeting with Boerne Professional Artist association for the upcoming Texas Hill Country Invitational.
As a member of the American Plains Artist association, Bill Scheidt is a featured artist in a group exhibition of the APA at the Great Plains Art Museum located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Opening August 7, 2015 and running through October, two paintings of Scheidt’s were selected for display that highlights his love for Native Americans and cowboys.
However, regionally, Scheidt is taking part in “The Party”, a group exhibition at the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville that opens on September 19, 2015. Again, two paintings that are on display reference his historical lineage to his farrier career. First is a painting of two up-close horses seeking shelter from the searing Texas heat. The other painting, a Native American in traditional headdress, was painted as part of a demo at J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art during the Boerne Professional Artist “Parade of Artists” showcase.
Further south, Scheidt is gaining ground as he is proud to announce he was awarded a one-man exhibition at Lee Bunch Studio Gallery in Del Rio. Curated as a partnership between the artist and the gallery owner, Scheidt’s presence is accented with a collection of giclees and paintings highlighting current work in both the western and wildlife genres.
September will allow Scheidt to revel in the past while participating in a group exhibition at J.R. Mooney Galleries-Boerne in “Antecedent / Au Courant”. Showing several paintings from 2006-2008, Scheidt is reenergized about showing vintage work recently re-acquired from a former colleague, artwork that represents a visual milestone in his Texas career.
Look for Bill Scheidt this fall season as he makes the rounds at your local Boerne/Hill Country gallery, and wish him the best as he chalks up another year of good fortune.
By: Gabriel Diego Delgado