In recognition of Asheville's celebration of Juneteenth acknowledging Black and Brown artists, the Oak Street Gallery was open for 2 open houses on June 16th and June 23rd. Jerrie's work has previously been featured at the Noir Collective and Asheville Community Theater. About her work Jerrie says it is "an expression of being blessed by God through her family, beyond measure... No matter what the medium or platform, the grace and love of God is always expressed in every creative work."
Artist Statement: Jerrie’s art is an expression of being blessed, by God through her family, beyond measure. In 2007 she authored and illustrated her first children’s book, A Prayer for Wings – A Journey of Nipaerilla the Caterpillar. Over the years her art has taken on new dimensions, where she has tutored art students, taught art therapy classes, and expanded to digital art. No matter what the medium or the platform, the grace and love of God is always expressed in every creative work. Her art has been featured locally at the Noir Collective and at Asheville Community Theater.
She signs all her work with JEMS J- Jerrie her nick name E- Essie her middle name from her grandmother, her childhood hero M- Mae her grandmother’s middle name, Jerrie selected on adoption day S- Settles her last name she received when marrying the love her life. And the Lord said to me; “your signature means Jesus Eternally Making Sketches.” Now God is still working in her life behind the scenes; ensuring the sketches will never stop.