An artistic Renaissance embraces town
SHARON » The town of Sharon is in the middle of quiet artistic Renaissance these days.
This golden period was celebrated on Saturday with the town’s first annual Sharon Art Walk. The participating sites, which included the local historical society, the town hall building, and a new wine bar lay within walking distance of the Town Green.
This first-time-ever event featured participating organizations and galleries, dia running from Sept. 16 through Oct. 27. One artist on hand, Babs Perkins explained to visitors her singular black-and-white photography, which portrayed horizons of bodies of water later digitally mirrored as duplicates to portrayed sound waves. “It looks like a sound file,” said Perkins of her series of photographs “Soundscapes: Incidental Music Six.” She added: “I like the idea of compositions. It is the idea of visual composition and musical phrases repeated. The images are made upon fabricated metal print.”
“These are really great!” exclaimed visitor Astrid Baumgardner of Lakeville to Perkins. Baumgardner added later, “I love the work on display at all these places. I think it is a great showcase for artists.”
Visitor Sunny Kuskin of Lakeville admired an etching by local artist Ray Olsen and said, “I’m enjoying this. It is the first time people have gotten to explore local art in such an event.”
The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, at 10 Upper Main St. , exhibited a solo show of art work by Danielle Mailer entitled “Tiny Tremors: Paintings, Prints, Sculpture.” The show, on view September 4 through October 31 throughout the historical library, featured 30 smaller works by the artist, who is currently painting a mural on the backdrop of the Staples store in Torrington.
“I have been working on large-scale murals,” said Mailer, who is the daughter of the late writer Norman Mailer. “I have returned to miniatures as kind of a reaction to the giant scale.”
Hotchkiss Library of Sharon co-director Robin Yuran said they had about 100 visitors during the event’s first hour, some resulting in sales. “It’s been great that the art is moving so quickly,” said Yuran. “There are a lot of unbelievably talented artists.”
Across the Sharon Town Green, The Sharon Town Hall Art Gallery, at 63 Main Street, displayed a show entitled “Female Perspective,” a group show of recent work by local women artists including Linda Amerighi, Eve Biddle, Purdy Eaton and Tara Lisa Foley. Eve Biddle of Wassaic exhibited her photographs artfully designed from animals that set up off securitycamera footage off-hours as well as detailed renderings of feathers and wings of eagles and blue herons. “The Art Walk has created a moment of inspiration and synchronicity,” Biddle said.
Local businesses also joined in the Art Walk. Visitors came to the new wine bar in town, The Porchlight, at 19 West Main St. , to view art by Sharon artists Theresa Kenny, KK Kozik, and Will Trowbridge. Next door, attached to the same building in a small adjoining cottage, the business Wild Iron Forge’s Sharon blacksmith William Trowbridge, exhibited iron
Darren Winston Bookseller at 81 Main St. displayed “Picture Book: New Works” by the Sharon artist Jeff Joyce. The works, on view at the store from September 14 through September 30, were colorful yet subtle landscape scenes painted upon book covers.
Owner Darren Winston, who was part of the original Art Walk brainstorming sessions with the library, historical society, and town hall that produced the event, said, “It’s fantastic that everyone is involved in the Walk. I knew it was a good idea but it’s turned out to be a great idea.”
One of the highlights of the Art Walk was the newlyopened Standard Space gallery at 147 Main St. , which featured the photographs by artist and gallery owner Theo Coulombe. Coulombe, who hails from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, took over the newly-renovated space that had lain fallow for years after formerly housing a health-food store. The large and detailed, artful color and black-and-white photographs on display were taken using vintage cameras on display, said Coulombe. “We had a soft opening September 2,” Coulombe said. “We had about 200 people then, and many more today. It is pretty awesome.”
Visitors at the The Sharon Town Hall Art Gallery, at 63Main St. look at a show entitled “Female Perspective,” featuring recent work by local artists Linda Amerighi, Eve Biddle, Purdy Eaton and Tara Lisa Foley during the first annual Sharon Art Walk.
Photographer Babs Perkins exhibited her series of photographs “Soundscapes: Incidental Music Six” at The Gallery at the Sharon Historical Society & Museum at 18 Main St. in Sharon.
Theo Coulombe stood near his artful photographs at his show entitled “Imperfect Beauty,” at his gallery Standard Space at 147Main St. Sharon.