“The Old and the New” – The Benefits of DisruptionSharon Lehman's new show at the Spring House Gallery
The opening reception for Sharon Lehman’s latest exhibition, “The Old and the New” on Sunday, July 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Spring Street Gallery will feature a collection of Lehman’s latest paintings and include examples of her newest techniques and style. As a result of last year’s storms on the island, and a flood at her home in Atlanta, Sharon’s painting schedule was disrupted while she focused on the clean-up at hand. As is usually the case, the end result was a benefit — a new and larger studio and time to try new methodology.
“I have started painting people more — something I haven’t done much in the past,” she said. I had a wonderful time painting a family that was making a sand castle on the beach. I painted it on coated watercolor paper and put very thin layers of oil paint on the surface — very similar to watercolor. But, it’s an oil painting.
“Another painting is of a little girl whose picture I took at an island yard sale. She was clearly bored to tears and kept pleading with her mother to leave. I had to capture her in that moment,” she said.
Several oil paintings using a palette knife depict scenes in a sunny yard, and several small watercolors show snapshots of Island life.
“This was a challenging year,” said Lehman. “Despite all the work we had to do to clean up and reorganize, I still was able to make time to paint and I worked hard to use the small amounts of time I had. It helped me to focus better…and my new studio space is wonderful!”
For more information, call The Spring Street Gallery at 466-5374.