Memorial to Roy Schallenberg
Roy's website is: http://SchallenbergStudio.com
Roy Schallenberg’s laughter, stories, vibrant art work, guidance and powerful presence since 1976 will be greatly missed at Art Shows across the country. Roy’s artistic ability was evident as a child, but became a passion and career as a young man in South Africa. Roy was an engineer by education and training but instead he played bass guitar for a band that became well known in South Africa. The band worked for Saully Kirsner, also known for the Atlantis in the Bahamas, by playing in his four luxury beach hotels in Durban. Roy met an artist during that time and began selling his paintings at the Kirsner Hotels and soon discovered that the paintings he created were in a higher demand. Soon his paintings were being purchased by a gallery in Israel. Roy’s art career led him to Australia where he lived and painted for 3 years. A television documentary was done on him and his paintings. Soon after Roy was asked to teach painting to the passengers on the “Love Boat”, which was shooting scenes for the new sitcom at sea and taking passengers from Australia to the United States. Roy made the United States his home. He lived most of his life in Florida and in his beloved Charlevoix, Michigan.
Roy traveled the United States and Canada creating and selling his paintings with many promoters, galleries and organizations. Roy created relationships as well as paintings with his many collectors over the years. He had many famous and well known collectors, but to Roy they all were important . Roy donated often to non-profits and causes to help raise money and awareness. He loved helping others become successful and shared his knowledge and experience freely. He was a mentor and friend to any artist or promoter, especially new, who needed a moral boost, idea, assistance or guidance. He was also open to learning and growing as an artist and person and often sought out the wisdom and advice of others. Roy was involved with helping many promoters over the years, served on several juries and judged various shows, but he was especially proud of his association with Hotworks and Patty Narozny. There will be an award in Roy Schallenberg’s name given at the Hotwork’s Orchard Lake Show.
Roy led a life as vibrant, bold and intuitive as his paintings. He loved his life, his friends, his family, golf and scotch. He was happiest in his studio, on the golf course and spending time with his wife and friends. Roy felt fortunate, loved and overwhelmed with all the visits, calls, cards and generous shows of support. April 3rd a Celebration of Roy's life was held at his home in Merritt Island. His memory and legacy will live on in his artwork, his friends and family who will love and cherish him forever. Roy’s wife, Andrea, son, Mathew and daughter, Danielle want to thank each and every person who shared Roy’s journey with him and invites you to share your stories with us at [email protected]
Love and gratitude, Andrea, Mathew and Danielle
Artist Roy Shallenberg passed away March 24th at 8:30 am. Artist Elaine Lanoue posted this to Facebook this morning. He had been diagnosed with terminal cancer but people were amazed by his positive attitude and his desire to continue to paint and live his life as normally as possible until the end. His friendly spirit will be missed.
Yes, Roy was a really positive and friendly addition to the art fair world. He was one of those artists who always asked for a prominent corner in the show (he hadn't been with ABE for a long time, but I used to see him at the Orchard Lake Show with Patty Narozny, and I know he helped her tremendously with her show. I always found him to be kind, polite and interesting. It's hard to see our peers go.
Lisa Konikow, of the "Arts, Beats and Eats" show in Michigan
Memorials posted here on the NAIA site and Member Forum.