About Judy Schroeder
Judy Schroeder is a recognized painter and author whose career has spanned several decades. She opened Schroeder Studio Gallery in April 1998 and has since expanded it to represent the work of more than 100 studios. In 2003, the adjacent space was acquired for art studio and classroom use.
Over the years Judy has studied with notable watercolorists including Roger Armstrong, Rex Brandt, Gerald Brommer, Keith Crown, Millard Sheets, Robert E. Wood and Milford Zornes. Her primary subject matter is the landscape preferably painted on location. In addition to painting in the United States, Judy has traveled to England, France, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Western Samoa, and French Polynesia.
Judy’s work has been featured in both individual and group exhibitions, and is collected by both private collectors and corporations. She was one of 17 artists selected worldwide to pen a chapter for Work Small, Learn Big: Sketching with Pen & Watercolor, a book published by International Artist Magazine in 2003. In 2006, at the invitation of the Orange Public Library Foundation, Judy created 13 paintings representing the history of Orange for the new main library History Walk. She is currently collaborating with author Elisabeth Deffner on a publication of a book that explores the history of early schoolhouses throughout Southern California.
Judy received a B.A. with a Special Secondary Credential in Art from the University of Redlands.
About Katie Schroeder
In December 2001, Katie Schroeder’s professional career took a major turn while working an art show at Schroeder Studio Gallery. She saw beautiful fused glass jewelry and expressed an interest in learning more about the process. Katie was fortunate to work with longtime friend and glass artist Sherry Salito-Forsen during which time she was exposed to all aspects of the glass fusing.
Katie’s creative skills and ease with spatial design allowed her to quickly ramp up in the field, leading to the creation of one-of-a-kind pendants, earrings, tie tacks and bracelets. She also collaborates with Francis Lai-Wang who adds sterling silver and precious stones to select pieces. In addition to jewelry, Katie designs custom backsplash tiles for kitchens and bathrooms as well as knobs and pulls for drawers and dressers.
Katie graduated from Concordia University, Irvine in 1999 with a major in Humanities with an emphasis in Art.
About the Gallery
Schroeder Studio Gallery was opened April 1998 and I was fortunate to have the opportunity to let the gallery grow organically. It was my plan to have a place to show my work, paint and teach watercolor classes. For interest and variety, I added art glass since it’s translucency was a natural fit with the watercolors. I hadn’t seen galleries with this mix, but it’s what pleased me and it’s been a joy to watch the gallery grow and flourish. Our emphasis is on American artists who have education in the arts and training in their field. Some of the artists we represent are at the beginning of their careers while most are leaders in their fields and very well known nationally and beyond.
After helping with events and on the weekends, my daughter, Katie, joined me full time in 2001. At the same time she began to work in fused glass, which seemed a perfect medium for her. In 2003, we were able to acquire the space adjacent to the gallery for studio and classroom. Prior to this, my drawing table was in the gallery and that is where the classes were held. The new space allowed us to greatly enlarge the artwork carried in the gallery and increase the number of classes and workshops.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our loyal customers who have supported two artists running a gallery! Our emphasis has been and will remain on the art and we feel privileged to represent so many talented artists whose work enriches the homes of our collectors. As for the two of us, we are amazed that we’ve been here over a decade, that we get to work at what we love and that we’ve made so many friends in the process. THANK YOU!