Susan Sharman and Susan Taira
Exhibit Dates: Sept. 14 – Oct. 21 2017
Artist’s Reception on Thursday, Sept. 14, 6-8 pm
Special Event Saturday, Sept. 30, 4 pm: Art Talk and “Stitch with the Artist” Come learn more about the artists and their process, stay and stitch on a communal embroidery
A two-person exhibit featuring new work by Susan Sharman and Susan Taira. Opens Sept 14 with an Artist’s Reception from 6-8 pm. Sharman and Taira both find inspiration, and solace, in nature, translating their personal experience through a variety of mediums. Sharman creates layered mixed-media work using thread, fabric, paint and paper. Taira creates intimate assemblage panels and mixed media drawings. “Refuge” explores our interconnections with the natural world around us and viewers will delight in the unique visual voices of these two artists. Exhibit on view through October 21, 2017. Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon-6PM, and by appointment.
When viewing my work, I want my audience to see nature’s beauty in places that might
be overlooked, such as in dried leaves, dried rosebuds, bones, twigs, pods, and snail
shells. When these elements are combined with human made found objects,
photographs, collage materials, and paint, the viewer may view my story or feel a
resonance with their own history. We all have our own stories we write from our own
unique life experiences. Therefore any one work of art can evoke a different thought or
emotion in each of us. It is not important that a particular story or idea is evoked, but
that some emotion or idea is aroused.
This body of work explores the natural world, my place in it and my feelings about the continued
degradation of our environment from the collapse of bee colonies to the pollution of the very earth
that we stand upon. Through the work I create I hope to engage the viewer and encourage the idea
that we need to slow down, look and see, the tiny bee, the small leaf, the moist earth, and protect
what sustains and nurtures us.