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“Alison Palmer: Creatures Great and Small” opens 9/8

“Alison Palmer: Creatures Great and Small”

Gallery SHS – September 8 through October 19, 2018

The Sharon Historical Society & Museum announces the opening on September 8 in Gallery SHS of a solo exhibition of recent ceramics, papier-mâché and photographs by local artist Alison Palmer titled “Creatures Great and Small”. An opening wine and hors d’oeuvres reception to which the public is invited free of charge will be held on Saturday, September 8 from 4:00 to 7:00PM.  The show will run through October 19.   A portion of all purchases support the Sharon Historical Society & Museum’s mission.  The opening will be held in conjunction with the second Sharon Art Walk, during which the art exhibitions at Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, Sharon Town Hall, Standard Space and Ice House Project Space will also be open to the public, along with the studios of several local artists.

Alison Palmer was born and raised in New York. After graduating high school she attended Kansas City Art Institute as well as the California College of Arts and Crafts where she received her BFA in ceramics. Alison then returned to New York where she implemented a “treatment through crafts” program at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital in Katonah. While teaching at Four Winds, Alison began her own studio at a converted old schoolhouse in Croton Falls, New York. She met and married musician Steve Katz. Together they created a company called Ashes to Ashes which produced funerary urns for animals. The urns were to be designed and handmade by Alison while Steve did the sales and marketing. The pressures of dealing with grieving clients, however, were too much for the couple and so they concentrated solely on Alison’s handcrafted ideas. By 1986, Alison was exhibiting her work at a few of the finer craft galleries in New York City and elsewhere.

Gallery SHS is located at the Sharon Historical Society & Museum, 18 Main Street, Route 41, Sharon, CT.  The gallery and museum are open Saturday from 10-2 and Wednesday through Friday from 12-4, and by appointment. For more information and directions to Gallery SHS, call (860) 364-5688.  For additional information about the Sharon Historical Society & Museum, visit www.sharonhist.org.

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