By Helen Patterson
Jade Moon Dittus, a senior Fine Arts Major at TU, will debut her paintings and prints in a show entitled “Pieces” throughout the month of May at The Phoenix, located at 1302 E. 6th Street. The Phoenix regularly displays the work of an Artist of the Month without cost to the artist. Jade will be the first TU student to have a show there. She is very enthusiastic about working with The Phoenix. She says that “it’s always about the artist there.” There is an opening reception at The Phoenix on Thursday, May 1 from 6–9 p.m.
As part of her graduation requirements as a fine arts major, Jade was required to put together her own show. She had to find the venue herself and do all of the advertising, which was a daunting and time-consuming process. However, it all came together in “Pieces.”
Jade titled the show “Pieces” because “There’s a little bit of myself in each of the paintings,” she says. “Each of the paintings is basically a child.” Most of the pieces displayed are portraits and landscapes, Jade’s preferred subject matter. Prints and paintings will be for sale.
The show will have between fifteen and twenty pieces ranging from small etches to a huge oil painting. Jade works mostly in oil paintings, monotypes and etches. Though she only discovered it in the fall of 2012, oil painting is Jade’s current favorite medium. She says “it gives a whole other texture” to her painting, a texture lacking in acrylic paints or watercolors. Printmaking and monotypes are also relatively new to her. She has enjoyed learning these and other techniques and fusing them with her own personal style during her time at TU.
After her May graduation, Jade wants to continue to hone her artistic skills. In the upcoming year, she is looking into travelling around the country to different studios and workshops where she can study with experienced artists and build up her portfolio. She is looking into several graduate schools which offer MFAs in painting, including SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) in Georgia and AI (Art Institute) in California. In the future, she wants to be a full-time artist, and possibly the owner of a small café, vintage and gallery venue and/or an art instructor.
Jade will also have a piece displayed during the TU Arts and Humanities Festival on Tuesday, April 29 from 1–5 p.m.