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Portrait of Mr. Brandtner, By John H Stermer (detail) Oil painting, 1972

“Mr. Brandtner”, A John Stermer Portrait From The Early 1970s

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Jun 14, 2022

Greetings!   I would like to share with you a portrait John Stermer painted in the early 1970s.  I remember my father painting this portrait of Mr. Louis Brandtner when I was a teenager.  What struck me was all the brown colors in the painting.   Also, this was the first time that I remembered Dad painting a commission in his home studio.  Just to be clear, John Stermer was not new to portraiture.  I was just young at the time and was not aware …

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Detail of head for John Stermer painting "The Cat" (title, working version)

Two Cats

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | May 31, 2022

Greetings!  Today’s post features two cats.  What makes them special?  Well, from time to time, I come across a John Stermer painting that I don’t remember seeing before. This is not so surprising as often Dad would sell painting directly from his studio.  Sometimes, the paintings were still wet. And, like many artists, John Stermer created more paintings than he ever displayed in shows or galleries. In any case, one of my sister’s came across a cat painting that neither of us remember seeing before …

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Partial View of Wall, WNMU Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art, John Stermer-Retrospective 2021

Closing Thoughts: Team Stermer Retrospective

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Apr 15, 2022

Greetings!  And, how are you?  We, Team Stermer Retrospective, are still “glowing” from our successful exhibition at Western New Mexico University’s Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art this past November and December.  The number of old friends and new friends who joined us for the reception was just amazing.  It truly felt like a celebration. Breaktime. Afterward, the team, and this writer in particular, needed time to work on projects that were put aside during retrospective preparation time.  Now, with a little bit of time …

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Luci Stermer and Paula Geisler At The Opening Reception

Retrospective Gallery Hours Through December 9th.

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Nov 19, 2021

Just a quick update.  We had a fabulous and fun retrospective opening.  Thanks to all of you who were able to come and share the artwork and social event with us; you made it special!   And, thank you to the wonderful people at Western New Mexico University Public Affairs and Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art.   Speaking of which, we wanted to publish the gallery hours through the end of the show.  Also, there are paintings for sale and a portion of any …

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Lines of Force Exhibition Postcard

Lines Of Force In John Stermer Art

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Nov 16, 2021

Why “Lines of Force” and what does it mean? Theme for Retrospective Exhibition. Greetings!  Now that we are just about ready to open our “Lines of Force – A Retrospective of the Artwork By the Late John Stermer” exhibition, I thought we might want to say a word or two (or many) about our theme. So, to begin with, why “lines of force”?  Because the theme points to how John Stermer composed his paintings; used gestural lines; contributed to his community.   That is a …

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1950 Solo Exhibition At Arnot Gallery: South Light At Grand Manan

October 1950: First One-Man Show At Arnot Gallery

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Nov 7, 2021

Greetings!   As we approach the John Stermer Retrospective this November, we would like to remember John Stermer’s first One-Man Show at the Arnot Art Gallery.  The Arnot Art Gallery is part of the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY.    Background.  In preparation for the upcoming retrospective, Stermer Art LLC engaged Maria Jensen as a writer and researcher.  And, as part of the “Stermer Retrospective Team”, she has been researching John’s life from Elmira NY to Silver City NM and points in-between.   Maria’s …

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Monastery at Meteora Greece - S173

Painting Of The Day: “Monastery At Metaore, Greece”

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Sep 25, 2021

Greetings!   I would like to simply share with you John Stermer’s painting Monastery At Metaore, Greece.   The built environment, by which I mean buildings and architecture, were favorite subjects of John Stermer.   For one thing, you have all those nice lines to work with.   Also, in the painting, you might notice the dominance of cool blues and greens.  Contrasting are small patches of warm reds to enhance the vibrancy of the cooler colors. I hope you enjoy this painting.

Portrait of John Stermer, Photo by Victoria York

John Stermer – Portrait of the Artist by Victoria York, Part 2

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Sep 9, 2021

  Greetings!   This is the second half of a two part photo journalism essay about John Stermer by Victoria York done in the mid 1980s.  The first part dealt with his early life just prior to the Second World War.  Part One also introduces Ms. York and her photo journalism project.  Therefore, we invite you to visit part 1 if you have not done so already. This part follows John Stermer from his Navy Seabee days, to the Art Student’s League in New York, …

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Portriat of John Stermer By Victoria York

John Stermer – Portrait of the Artist by Victoria York, Part 1

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Sep 8, 2021

About The Author. Greetings!  This is a special photo journalism article written by Victoria York of Silver City, NM. To elaborate, Ms. York was assigned the project of creating a photo journalism article of John Stermer while attending Western New Mexico University (Silver City, NM) in the 1980s.  Her instructor was Robert “Bob” McCullough, a noted photo journalist in his own right. About the interview, Victoria said that she was, at first, a bit intimidated by the assignment.  She did not know John Stermer personally. …

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John Stermer Retrospective: Bulldogger

Retrospective Exhibition In November 2021

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Jul 25, 2021

Retrospective Details. Greetings!  We, at John Stermer Estate, are happy to announce a John Stermer Retrospective Exhibition coming to Western New Mexico University (WNMU) in Silver City NM this November.  This will be an “in person” exhibition. And, we would love to have you join us; you are invited to attend! Location.  In particular, the retrospective will be held at the WNMU Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1000 W College Ave, Silver City NM.   Dates. The exhibition dates are Thursday, November 18th through Thursday, …

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