Reviews and Publications

“Working with the unique medium of thread on fabric that she pioneered, Scherer brings to life people of extraordinary character and humanity. She uses scissors and a sewing machine, cutting and layering, always looking for what she calls the magic, “a sense that there is a sentient being…”
Elayne Clift, Artscope Magazine, July 2016

“…her works transcended individual contexts… (and are) recognized for illuminating the inevitable progressions of life…”
Elayne Clift, Vermont Magazine, May/June 2013

“That is the gift of Scherer’s work—her insistence that life, all of it, is a miracle. She does not attempt to reduce any part of our human experience by explaining away its more difficult aspects.”
…Sara Kelly, Hospice Advantage Magazine, October 2011

“(She) combines exquisite skill…with the keenest of painter’s eyes for composition and the telling detail.”
Tim Brookes, Vermont Magazine, Arlington, VT, May/June 2010

“She is a master of her medium.”
…Tom Marine, The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, January 19, 2009

“Painters? Grandma Moses & Norman Rockwell spring to mind for most, but Wolf Kahn, Deidre Scherer, Woody Jackson, Sabra Field… are the current giants in the field who call Vermont home.”
…Joyce Marcel, The Brattleboro Reformer, Brattleboro, VT, June 19, 2008

stunning, awe-inspiring examples of the distance that a common household machine and materials can be pushed to create artwork that is as imposing as it is universally personal.”
Cheryl R. Rulewich, The Recorder, Greenfield, MA, July 19, 2007

“Scherer…whose work deftly straddles the line between fine art and fabric mastery is to sewing what Chuck Close is to painting.”
…Annie Lawrence Guyon, Rutland Daily Herald, March 29, 2007

“…extraordinary and deeply moving.”
Pamela Polston, Seven Days, Burlington, VT, November 2006

“The compositional elements (that) Scherer uses…breaks down the defenses of the viewer.”
…Arlene Distler, Art New England, June/July 2006

“(Her) observations…in textiles are like soulful paintings.  I left the exhibition with a heightened sense of the precious fragility of life…Here is an art that gives generously to its audience.”
Robert Amos, Times Colonist, Victoria, BC, March 2, 2006

“…artists who focus on image rather than materials and techniques…look inward…I see this uniqueness in Deidre Scherer’s dignified and moving portraits of the elderly.”
…Robert Shaw, Quilters Newsletter Magazine, November 2004

“…Scherer brings us into an intimate and awkward situation with grace and strength.”
Melissa McCarthy, Art New England, May 2003

“A life-enhancing show.”
Jack Fischer, San Jose Mercury News, December 29, 2002

“…it seems impossible that these works are not paintings or drawings.”
…Constance Alexander, Murray Ledger & Times, October 2, 2001

“The textile art of Deidre Scherer is impossible to categorize, so distinctive is her technique and so powerful her reflections on life, death, and aging.”
Chris Kelsey, Ms. Magazine, July 1998

“…a novel and virtuoso achievement…for the Baltimore Museum of Art’s textile gallery, for nothing like this has ever been seen there before.”
Baltimore Sun, March 12, 1998

“…reflecting the richness found in the faces of the elderly.”
The New York Times, June 1998

“These are powerful and compassionate images. Like a late Bonnard painting, the figure is subsumed by the ground.”
…Sherry Chayat, Syracuse Herald-American, NY, November 9, 1997

“The effect of light and shade and delicate strength conveyed…is astonishing.”
…Helen Taylor, Richmond and Twickenham Times, UK, October 1994

“…a sense of concentration and spiritual inwardness“
City Newspaper, Rochester, NY, October 1993

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