Mixed media collage artist Sharon Stewart has shown her bold work at Art Uptown for over 20 years. Twenty-five new and recent works will be featured in her one-woman show, The Magnificence of Black and White, which runs from December 31 through January 27, 2017. The public is invited to an artist’s reception at 1367 Main Street, Sarasota, on First Friday, January 6, from 6 to 9 pm.
The artist says in her new work she used, “Only shapes of black and white papers and paint plus some small touches of beige and silver. Altered found objects are frequently the stimuli for my designs. I often use crushed, chopped and shaped wet recycled papers that are hand formed and painted.”
Many of Stewart’s pieces are framed in matt black gallery frames, either wood or metal. Some of the smaller pieces are on one-inch deep canvas with painted sides. These do not require a frame, but the artist will be glad to frame them if desired.
Sharon Stewart and her husband, Jim, are both from Michigan, where they have children and grandchildren. Her parents both worked in creative fields. Her brother, Arthur F. Mead was a Sarasota architect for over 50 years and designed many of the city’s office and medical buildings and homes as well as some of the Mote Marine buildings.
In 1981, Stewart decided to pursue art as a business. Her mixed-media collage was soon recognized in Michigan through awards by the south Oakland Art Association and the Palette and Brush Club. Over the years, she has sold her abstract pieces to customers in Japan, England, Spain, Germany and all around North America. She always has enjoyed working closely with clients in their homes, on a commission basis. “My desire, as an artist, is to create one-of-a-kind art that draws you closer and closer to enjoy many shapes and textures,” Stewart comments. “I like the viewer’s response to be a feeling of peace and tranquility.”