Sharon Garrison: Friends & Family plus passing acquaintances and me
Viewing our exhibits is free because of the generosity of Horicon Bank.
Exhibition will be on view from April 25 – June 8, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 25, 6 – 8 pm
Free admission and open to the public, meet the artist as you view her work. Cash bar and snacks available.
Artist’s Exchange: Thursday, May 30, 6 – 8 pm
Free admission and open to the public, listen to a Q&A talk and learn about her process, inspiration, and execution of her work. Cash bar and snacks available.
Sharon Garrison is an artist who specializes in portrait. She works intuitively as did Alice Neel and Lucien Freud, two of her sources of inspiration. A professor once compared her work to that of Soutine. She was not aware of Soutine at the time and headed straight to the library to look up the artist. She did not see a similarity but others have also made the comparison. Shape and value are of primary importance. Her colors tend to be realistic, even somewhat monochromatic in nature.
Although never one for drawing, her recent work is a series of portraits entitled “Friends & Family plus passing acquaintances and me”, made with Sharpie markers. These drawings are a combination of realism and caricature applied to images of acquaintances, family and friends. She often enhances memory of past relationships to create what she surmises a contemporary version of the past might look like and vice versa.
She is presently exploring cattle markers and cold wax and oil as mediums, using a trial and error approach. Her work in general is based upon trial and error methodology. Although the portraits seem to be classical in nature, there is often an edgy quality to them.
Sharon feels that the artist’s work is complete when she deems the piece finished. It is then time for a dialogue between the viewer and the artwork. With this sequence of events the work takes on a new life with each different onlooker, creating an expanded continuum. For this reason, she does not attempt to explain her work. If the work is successful, there should be no need for explanation. However, the life experiences of the viewer melding with the art work facilitates a fresh dialogue between the viewer and artist, often resulting in a mutually beneficial understanding of the piece.
She earned an Associate Degree from UW Fond du Lac and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
She has shown in many venues around the state:
2018 Wisconsin Visual Artists Biennial, Mowa
Neville Public Museum
Union at the University of Wisconsin Madison
Gail Steinhilber Gallery, UWO
Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan
1996 Faculty Alumni Show, Priebe Gallery UWO
Two person show UW Fond du Lac
Solo show Langdon Divers Gallery, Fond du Lac
Solo show Riverwalk Art Center Fond du Lac
Many Alive in the Arts juried shows, Plymouth Art Center
Invitational show Trista Holz Studios, Fond du Lac
THELMA member shows
Mowa member shows
Ecological Show, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire art gallery
Signage for Prairie Theater, UW Fond du Lac
Mowa Members Show Director’s Award 2017
Merit Award Plymouth Alive in the Arts 2018
First place Plymouth Members show 2018
Three meritorious designations and inclusion the the gallery books for Jack Richeson International Art Competitions
A featured artist in three Frank Juarez Artdose Guides
1994 Designer of the Year, UWO
Many Wisconsin Regional Artists awardsFree