The Block Island Times

“The Old and the New” – The Benefits of Disruption

Sharon Lehman's new show at the Spring House Gallery
Jul 19, 2013
Photo by: Sharon Lehman Sharon Lehman's new paintings will be on display 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.

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