By Rick Morwick
Jeannette Pomeroy Parssi is an accomplished painter and art instructor who has studied under some of the nation’s most renowned artists. Yet, she didn’t take up painting until after the birth of her first daughter.
That was 25 years ago, and her life hasn’t been the same since.
“My mother was taking art lessons at the time and had an easel set up in her basement in Cincinnati,” Pomeroy Parssi said. “We were visiting, and she could see that being a new mom was a bit stressful for me, so she told me to go downstairs and try my hand at painting. I had never picked up a brush in my life but spent the entire night painting. I was hooked.
“Shortly thereafter, I left the corporate world to pursue art full time.”
An Ohio native who moved to Fishers in March 2018, Pomeroy Parssi is the Ignite Studio Maker-in-Residence for March through June. The studio is at the HSE Library in Fishers, 5 Municipal Dr.
Although painting is her specialty, Pomeroy Parssi is a multi-medium artist with an extensive teaching background.
“The Ignite Studio residency will allow me to do what I love best, share my passion for art with others,” Pomeroy Parssi said. “I have been teaching after-school art for students in grades K through 12 for the past 14 years, so this is a natural fit for me.
“I also love the space. It is an incredible asset for the community, and I hope more people learn about its existence.”
Open to kids and adults, the Ignite Studio maker program is a slate of planned monthly artwork activities directed by the Maker-in-Residence. All events are free, and all supplies are provided.
Pomeroy Parssi’s residency officially begins March 9, starting with a “Meet and Greet and Make Your Own Mandala” from 2 to 4 p.m. A complete event calendar can be found at https://bit.ly2Xa9lbv. Some activities require registration and have limited class sizes.
“It’s not often that an opportunity like this presents itself, and I am extremely grateful that Ignite selected me to be their Maker-in-Residence,” said Pomeroy Parssi, whose credentials include studying with noted artists Graham Nickson, dean of the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, and Miraslav Antic, instructor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Morever, Pomeroy Parssi — who has lived in Michigan, Chicago and, most recently, Florida — established the Global Arts and Painting & Drawing programs for young artists at the Arts Academy Summer Arts Camp in Interlochen, Mich., where she was a faculty member for five summers.
Pomeroy Parssi looks forward to imparting her knowledge during her Ignite Studio residency.
“My teaching method includes helping students understand and appreciate the origins of various types of art, so they feel a connection to the project they are working on at any given time,” Pomeroy Parssi said. “I don’t simply show students how to create art. I teach them the proper methods and help them develop a sense of ownership in each piece of work they complete.”