About Me

Sketching on Monhegan Island

I was born Jim Maas and raised in Parchment, Michigan. I married Skipper Stipe, and in our union we created the name StipeMaas. I originally came to Athens with Skipper who would begin study at the University of Georgia School of Law in 1988. I finished an MFA at the university the same year that Skipper completed her law degree, and we have lived in Athens ever since. We have two girls, as well as a variety of animals, from a dog and cats to chickens and miniature horses, keeping us all busy.

I am currently working in the Digital Library of Georgia at UGA but through the years I have worked as a custodian, a stained glass Artist, an Art museum preparator, a carpenter and an electrician, while in constant pursuit of painting. I have always followed the mold of an Artist, having won my first Art contest in first grade, and I have traveled that path ever since. I show my work in galleries, teach painting classes and kids' Art camps, and build stained glass windows. I have documented Art collections, been an Art Show juror, a gallery guard, a clay maker, and I've built large scale outdoor sculptures to name just a few things. I seem to have been able to put my hand onto just about every area of the Art world at least once.

I work in a variety of media including oil, oil pastel, watercolor, acrylic, stained glass, printmaking, and drawing, and have shown in Athens and Atlanta as well as in Kalamazoo for the past twenty five years. I normally work in landscapes, usually describing a mood that is sometimes quiet, sometimes intense, and gravitates toward the Spiritual.


 

Education

  • Master of Archival Studies candidate, Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia, 2012
  • Master of Fine Arts, Painting, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 1992
  • Bachelor of Science, Art, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1989

Teaching

  • Exploring Painting, Painting Camp for Teens, Summer Art Camps, Painting for Teens; Lyndon House Art Center, Athens, Georgia, 2007 - 2010

Gallery Representation

  • Antiques and Jewels, Athens, Georgia; 2008 - 2011
  • Farmington Depot Gallery, Farmington, Georgia; 2010 - 2011
  • Dumont Frameworks, Kalamazoo, Michigan; 1995 - 2002
  • Park Gallery, Kalamazoo Michigan; 1996-99
  • Trinity Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia; 1997
  • Smith Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia; 1996

Exhibitions

  • Landscapes; Portage Public Library, Portage, Michigan, July 2012
  • Railroad Days; Portage District Library, Portage, Michigan, December, 2010
  • Gallery Artists Opening Exhibition; Farmington Depot Gallery, Farmington, Georgia, September, 2010
  • Artists' Spring Cleaning; Aurum Gallery, Athens, Georgia, June, 2009
  • Recent Paintings; 5 Star Day Cafe, East Side, Athens, Georgia, June, 2009
  • Painter's Progress; Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan, June, 2008
  • Spirit of the Land; invitational exhibition to benefit local Land Trusts, State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 2008
  • Reflections on Georgia: Two Painters and Two Photographers; Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens, Georgia, December, 2007
  • Architecture of Landscape; Circle Gallery, School of Environmental Design, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 2007
  • Oil Pastels; Prince Avenue Gallery, Athens, Georgia, 2007
  • Spirit of the Land; invitational exhibition to benefit local Land Trusts, State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 2007
  • Landscapes; Prince Avenue Gallery, Athens, Georgia, 2007
  • Oil and Water; Original Fine Art Gallery, Athens, Georgia, 2006
  • Creating Our Own Interior World; Clayton Street Gallery, Athens, Georgia, 2006
  • Spirit of the Land; invitational exhibition to benefit local Land Trusts, State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 2006
  • Recent Landscapes; Aurum Studios, Athens, Georgia, 2005
  • Chris Strunk and Jim StipeMaas; Borgess Woodbridge, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2005
  • Double Vision; Aurum Studios, Athens, Georgia, 2004
  • 29th Annual Juried Exhibition, Lyndon House Art Center, Athens, Georgia, 2004
  • Artists for Preservation; invitational exhibition, Athens Clarke County Convention Center, Athens, Georgia, 2004
  • Two Views from the Same Path; Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2003
  • Mountains in the Eddies; Clayton Street Gallery, Athens, Georgia, 2002
  • Works on Paper; Mercury Art Works, Athens, Georgia, 2002
  • Recent Paintings; Aurum Studios, Athens, Georgia, 2002
  • Athens Lost; invitational exhibition, Lyndon House Art Center, Athens, Georgia, 2001
  • Athens Academy, Athens, Georgia, 2001
  • Nine Artists; Park Gallery, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2001
  • 'Scapes; Lowery Gallery, Danielsville, Georgia, 2000
  • Landscapes in Four Directions; Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia, 1999
  • Jim StipeMaas, Chris Strunk, Todd Zimmermann, Park Street Gallery, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1999
  • Gallery Artists' Group Show, Heart's Eye Gallery, Athens, Georgia, 1998
  • 24th Annual Juried Exhibition, Lyndon House Art Center, Athens, Georgia, 1998
  • Art For Athens, Art Auction Benefit for Athens Land Trust, Athens, Georgia, 1998
  • Relating to Land; Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri, 1997
  • Landscapes in Four Directions; Clayton Street Gallery, Athens, Georgia, 1997
  • Age of Koestler; Three Rivers Art Center, Three Rivers, Michigan, 1997
  • 8scapes; Trinity Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, 1997
  • Atlanta Art Fest; juried exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia, 1997, Third Place Prize
  • Paintings from the Corner of Your Eye; Aurum Studios, Athens, Georgia, 1996
  • Athens Area Artists, Aurum Studios, Athens, Georgia, 1996
  • Southern Landscapes; Dumont Frameworks, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1996
  • Gallery Artists' Group Show; Smith Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, 1996
  • Five Ring Circus; Olympic Invitational Show, Athens, Atlanta, and Madison, Georgia, 1996
  • Another House Full of Art; 115 Whitehead Road, Athens, Georgia, 1995
  • House Full of Art; 355 Talmadge Drive, Athens, Georgia, 1994
  • Monotypes by Jim StipeMaas; Last Resort, Athens, Georgia, 1993
  • Recent Paintings; Art of it All, Athens, Georgia, 1993
  • Landscapes and Coffee; Athens Coffee House, Athens, Georgia, 1993
  • 20th Annual Lyndon House Exhibition; juried, Lyndon House Art Center, Athens, Georgia, 1992
  • The Object of Balance; Last Resort, Athens, Georgia, 1992
  • Recent Paintings; Grit, Athens, Georgia, 1992
  • Numinous Stuff; 16 S. Main Street, Watkinsville, Georgia, 1992
  • Graduate Thesis Show, X; Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia, 1992
  • Trains in Art; invitational exhibition, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1991
  • Blurry Landscapes; Fantasy Futons, Athens, Georgia, 1991
  • Every Kinda Land; Rage, Athens, Georgia, 1991
  • Kalamazoo Area Show; juried exhibition, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1989 and 1990
  • One-person show, Blurry Missouri; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1986

Collections

  • Permanent Collection, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, ArtReach Program, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • David and Suzie Lindsay, Athens, Georgia
  • Nick Kogan, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Rebecca Mick, Atlanta, Georgia

Creative and Exhibition Services

  • Commissioned Art
  • Exhibition Curating and Hanging
  • Archival Matting
  • Art Framing and Custom Built Frames
  • Art Packing and Crating
  • Art Delivery
  • Art Collection Documentation
  • Art Show Juror
  • Teaching, Private Lessons, Workshops