Fred F. Scherer, Artist, Diorama Painter, 1915 – 2013 

Celebrating his life’s work: 

My father was an early and steady influence on my art making. As a child, I’d play hooky by commuting with him down to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City  where I’d spend the day roaming the halls while he painted. Many times I’d sit on the edge of a diorama watching him work. March 1, 2018 will be the 103rd anniversary of his birth. I welcome and encourage you to visit and experience this display of his work:

The Pheasant diorama painted by Fred F. Scherer in the Hall of North American Birds at the American Museum of Natural History, ca 1960, courtesy of the AMNH.

Here Fred is working on the Pheasant diorama in the Hall of North American Birds, courtesy of the AMNH.

Waiting for Spring, oil on Canvas, 32 x 26″, 2006, painted by Fred F. Scherer



Collaboration between  Jackie Abrams and Deidre Scherer, in progress.

While working late one summer night, my torn paper weaving seemed to call for a deeper dimensionality. That piece started a collaboration with artist Jackie Abrams.  By interacting with each other’s ideas, we are communicating through our shared work. Here below are 4 views of our newest piece:

Four views of “Hands Vessel” by Deidre Scherer and Jackie Abrams


In HOME(less), seventy international artists explore the meaning of home and the loss of home in works reflecting personal experience, historical and contemporary events, cultural diversity, and the universal human condition. Through June 29, 2018.

Deidre Scherer, “Shelter”, torn paper weaving, 21 x 31″, 2016

HOME(LESS) Catalogue, page 31 for “Shelter”.

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum
One West Fourth Street
New York, NY 10012

Free admission. Contact or call: 212-824-2218.

“Everyday Mermaid” Book Prototype is Complete

California poet and friend Christina Isobel and I have been working on our book collaboration for several years. In responding visually to her poetry, I discovered a vibrant language of symbolic abstraction. Here across my studio wall, like a scroll, are my fabric panels overlaid with Christina’s poems. All 34 full spreads were then scanned, printed, trimmed, folded, and hand-built into a prototype of the book. We are looking for a publisher.

Deidre with her book panels on studio wall.

Deidre with her book panels on studio wall.

Opening Book Prototype

Opening Book Prototype

First few pages of "Everyday Mermaid"

First few pages of “Everyday Mermaid”