Current Exhibition

 

(March 24  – May 4) “Northlight Art Center 8th Annual Student Show”.  The Sharon Historical Society & Museum is pleased to announce the opening of the next exhibit in Gallery SHS, the 8th Annual Northlight Art Center Student Show to be held at the Sharon Historical Society & Museum Art Gallery from March 24th until May 4th. The public is invited to attend the artists’ opening reception on Saturday, March 24, from 5-7PM. Refreshments will be served. Come enjoy diverse artworks created over the past year by students of all ages, including drawings, pastels, watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings representing a wide range of subject matter. Many of the artworks will be available for purchase.  All purchases support the Sharon Historical Society & Museum’s mission.

Northlight Art Center was founded in 2010 by artist Pieter Lefferts. NAC, originally located in Sharon and now operating in Amenia, offers art classes for all ages taught by working professional artists in drawing, painting, photography and more.

Gallery SHS is located in the Sharon Historical Society & Museum at 18 Main Street in Sharon, CT.  Museum hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 4:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and by appointment. For more information and directions to Gallery SHS, email director@sharonhist.org, call (860) 364-5688.   For additional information about the Sharon Historical Society & Museum, visit www.sharonhist.org.

2018 Schedule of Shows  

(May 12 – June 22) “Ellen Moon: 365 Days” solo exhibition of artwork by Ellen Moon. Ellen Moon, a resident of Cornwall, is a versatile and accomplished artist.  She received a BA in art from Connecticut College and an MA in drawing and MFA in Multimedia from The University of Iowa.  As she describes when asked, “I am an artist because it is in my nature to be so. A cat hunts, a bird flies—I make stuff. Just can’t help it.”  Ms. Moon’s work has three strands—fiber, watercolors, and costumes.  The strands are interlaced by her love of the natural world.  The centerpiece of this exhibition at Gallery SHS will be Ellen Moon’s “365 Days”, a series of plein air field paintings which is a monumental achievement of watercolor jewels, painted in one field over the course of 365 days.  The exhibition of “365 Days” will be complemented by additional work in various media, sizes and subjects from Ms. Moon’s expansive body of work.  Moon’s work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions over more than three decades throughout the area and beyond, including several shows at the Sharon Historical Society & Museum.

(July 14 – August 24) “Farm to Table” Juried Exhibition & Sale. The Sharon Historical Society & Museum is pleased to announce an open call seeking entries for its upcoming show in Gallery SHS, “Farm to Table”, a juried exhibition and sale running from July 14 through August 24, 2018. Gallery SHS invites artists to submit for consideration original works in any medium (e.g. Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Photography, Pastel, Ink, Graphite, Drawing, Print, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Assemblage, Fabric, Stone, Clay, Metal) which respond to, and reflect the artist’s interpretation of, the theme Farm to Table. “Farm to Table” has been defined a number of ways and means different things to different people, but from the start, the concept has been influenced by the newest waves of thinking, invariably suggesting the experimental and ambitious. Artists, for information on exhibiting in this and upcoming shows, please click here. For questions, please email gallery@sharonhist.org.

(October 27 – December 14) “Anything Goes!” Juried Exhibition & Sale. The Sharon Historical Society & Museum is pleased to announce an open call seeking entries for its upcoming show in Gallery SHS, “Anything Goes!”, a juried exhibition and sale. Gallery SHS invites artists to submit for consideration original works in any medium (e.g. Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Photography, Pastel, Ink, Graphite, Drawing, Print, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Assemblage, Fabric, Stone, Clay, Metal).  The show has no requirements limiting subject matter or size of artwork, Anything Goes!  The Gallery Committee says “bring us your best work! Artists, for information on exhibiting in this and upcoming shows, please click here. For questions, please email gallery@sharonhist.org.

Exhibits Archive

Places I Remember… Paintings by Robert Patrick Coombs

February 3 – March 16

Opening Reception Saturday, February 3 from 4:00 to 7:00PM

The Gallery SHS of the Sharon Historical Society & Museum presents a solo exhibition of paintings by local artist Robert Patrick Coombs titled “Places I remember… paintings by Robert Patrick Coombs”. Painting in oil, acrylics and watercolors, Mr. Coombs’s style is best described as mix of contemporary impressionism and realism. The exhibit features a variety of subjects including local landscapes, coastal and beach scenes along with still life and floral pieces and will run from February 3 through March 16.  An opening wine and hors d’oeuvres reception to which the public is invited free of charge will be held on Saturday, February 3 from 5:00 to 7:00PM.  A portion of all purchases support the Sharon Historical Society & Museum’s mission.

Robert Patrick Coombs is a part-time Sharon resident and an award winning artist with a background in graphic design and art direction. After beginning his fine art career Robert was featured in an article in the August/September 2013 issue of Professional Artist Magazine, and his painting “Cherry Blossoms” appeared on the magazine’s cover. In 2015 Mr. Coombs was elected a member of the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City.  Coombs has exhibited his work at a solo show in MetroTech Center in Brooklyn NY, at Lexington Co. in East Hampton and in Montauk, NY.  His work has also been featured in a number of group shows at the Sharon Historical Society & Museum and at Irondale Schoolhouse in Millerton.

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.

Have a Seat

The Gallery @the SHS of the Sharon Historical Society & Museum presents “Have a Seat,” a juried exhibition and sale of artworks by local artists on the themes of chairs, sitting or seating. The show will be presented in conjunction with an exhibition of the museum’s collection of antique chairs. Both exhibits run from November 4 through December 15. All purchases support the Sharon Historical Society & Museum’s mission. The Gallery @the SHS is located at the Sharon Historical Society & Museum, 18 Main Street, Route 41, Sharon, CT.  The gallery and museum are open Wednesday through Friday from 12-4, Saturday 10-2 and by appointment. For more information and directions to The Gallery @the SHS, call (860) 364-5688.

Winners of “Have a Seat” Juried Art Show:

First place “Seat Yoga” by Susan Hennelly

2nd place “Studio Visitor” by Ann Gibb

3rd Place “The Red Chair” by Cecilia Sinclair

Crowd Pleaser  “A Room of One’s Own” by Colleen McGuire

 

Stephanie Plunkett to Judge “Have a Seat”

The Sharon Historical Society & Museum is pleased to announce that renowned museum deputy director and curator Stephanie Plunkett will judge the upcoming show in The Gallery @the SHS, “Have A Seat Home”, a juried exhibition and sale of artworks which reflect the themes of chairs, seating and sitting.  

Stephanie Plunkett is the Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, a position she has held since 1994. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she is the recipient of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts. She is also the author of two American Library Association Notable children’s books and the curator of many exhibitions exploring the art of Norman Rockwell and the field of illustration.  Ms. Plunkett began her professional career in the field of museum education at Brooklyn Museum and has also held positions at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, New York. The Judge will select the art to be exhibited and award cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50 to three pieces.  In addition, guests who attend the show’s opening night will have the opportunity to select their favorite work of art which will receive the “SHS Crowd Pleaser” award. Artists, for information on exhibiting in this and upcoming shows, please click here. For questions, please email gallery@sharonhist.org.

 

The Land We Love 

invitational exhibition and sale of landscape art

September 16 – October 27

The Gallery @the SHS of the Sharon Historical Society & Museum presents the opening of its show of art works in The Gallery @the SHS, “The Land We Love”, an invitational exhibition and sale of landscape art in a variety of media running from September 16 through October 27, 2017.  Artists have been drawn to depict the world around them for millennia but it is only in the last two hundred years or so that nature, the physical landscape, painted in the open air, has been thought worthy by itself as the subject of a work of art. Delacroix said that art was nature filtered through a temperament. Artists were invited to submit their vision of the natural world in which we live. This show features the work of area artists Basia Goldsmith, Norma Kimmel, Ellen Moon, Patty Mullins, Ray Olsen and Babs Perkins.  Artifacts from the SHS collection (including photographs from the CR Robinson Archive of landscapes around Sharon Gardens of Stone House) will be on display to complement the artwork.  An opening wine and hors d’oeuvres reception to which the public is invited free of charge will be held on Saturday, September16 from 4:00 to 7:00PM.  The opening will be held in conjunction with the Sharon Art Walk, during which the art exhibitions at Darren Winston Bookseller, Hotchkiss Library of Sharon and Sharon Town Hall will also be open to the public, along with the studios of several local artists. 

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

SHS Presents SWC 

curated show of Sharon Woman’s Club artists

July 15 – September 8, 2017

The Sharon Historical Society & Museum is pleased to announce the opening of the next show in The Gallery @the SHS, “SHS Presents SWC”, an exhibition and sale of art by members of the Sharon Woman’s Club to be held at the Sharon Historical Society & Museum Art Gallery from July 15th until September 8th.   Materials from the SWC archives which are in the SHS collection (including records of SWC’s work on local gardens, the Sharon beach and posters from the SWC Centennial exhibit) will be on display to complement the artwork.  The Sharon Woman’s Club was organized in 1910 with the purpose to stimulate and encourage all efforts toward intellectual and social betterment in the home and in the community.  The organization’s motto is “In Good Things, Unity; In Small Things, Liberty; In All Things, Charity.”  The Club has consistently responded to the needs in our community throughout its history, compiling an impressive and enviable catalog of civic, educational and cultural contributions and accomplishments.  Come enjoy diverse artworks in a variety of media and representing a wide range of subject matter created over the past two years by the talented members of this local service organization.  Artworks will be available for purchase.  All purchases support the Sharon Historical Society & Museum’s mission.

“No Place Like Home”

Juried Exhibition and Sale

May 6, 2017 through July 7, 2017

“Kids, Dinner is Ready” by Robert Patrick Coombs

The Gallery @the SHS of the Sharon Historical Society & Museum presents “No Place Like Home,” a juried exhibition and sale of artworks by local artists.  Artists were invited to submit works in any medium (e.g. Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Photography, Pastel, Ink, Graphite, Drawing, Print, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Assemblage, Fabric, Stone, Clay, Metal) that respond to, and reflect the artist’s interpretation of, the themes Home or Family.

The show is juried by style icon and lifestyle aficionado Carolyne Roehm. Cash prizes will be awarded to three works selected by Ms. Roehm. In addition, guests who attend the show’s opening night will have the opportunity to select their favorite work of art which will receive the “SHS Crowd Pleaser” award.

“Glen of Dreams” by Karen Ribnikar Clark

The exhibition will feature as its centerpiece the first public display of the SHS’s recent acquisition, a large oil portrait of three members of the Carley family of Sharon.  Artifacts from the SHS collection will be on display to complement the artwork. The exhibit runs from May 6 through July 7, 2017.  An opening wine and hors d’oeuvres reception to which the public is invited free of charge will be held on Saturday, May 6 from 5:00 to 7:00PM.  All purchases support the Sharon Historical Society & Museum’s mission.

NORTHLIGHT ART CENTER STUDENT SHOW 

March 11, 2017 through April 28, 2017 

The Sharon Historical Society & Museum is pleased to announce the opening of the next exhibit in The Gallery @the SHS, the 7th Annual Northlight Art Center Student Show to be held at the Sharon Historical Society & Museum Art Gallery from March 11th until April 28th.  Northlight Art Center was founded in 2010 by artist Pieter Lefferts.  NAC, originally located in Sharon and now operating in Amenia, offers art classes for all ages taught by working professional artists in drawing, painting, photography and more. The public is invited to attend the artists’ opening reception on Saturday, March 11, from 5-7 PM. Refreshments will be served. Come enjoy diverse artworks created over the past year by students of all ages, including drawings, pastels, watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings representing a wide range of subject matter. Much of the artwork will be available for purchase.  All purchases support the Sharon Historical Society & Museum’s mission.

Artists, for information on exhibiting in upcoming shows, please click here. For questions, please email gallery@sharonhist.org.

‘Nasturtiums’,  by Carol Timolat

Exhibition and Sale of Photographs by Members of the

Housatonic Camera Club

The Gallery @the SHS – January 14 through March 3, 2017

The Gallery @the SHS of the Sharon Historical Society & Museum presents an exhibition and sale of photographs by eight members of the Housatonic Camera Club, which runs from January 14 through March 3, 2017.  An opening wine and hors d’oeuvres reception to which the public is invited free of charge will be held on Saturday, January 14 from 5:00 to 7:00PM.  All purchases support the Sharon Historical Society & Museum’s mission.

The Housatonic Camera Club was started in the mid-1950’s by Sharon resident Ward Hutchinson and is now composed of members from communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York who meet to share their love of photography, their experiences, travels, and expertise, and to educate one another and the public. Members work in prints, film, digital, color, and black & white mediums.  Members exhibiting in this The Gallery @the SHS show are Jeffrey Breitman, William DeVoti, Lazlo Gyorsok, John Landon, George Mudge, Birgitt Pajarola, Jane Rossman and Bert Schmitz.

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

‘Heron and Fishermen’ by Lazlo Gyorsok

What’s the Big Idea? 2

An invitational exhibition and sale running from November 5 through December 16, 2016.

The Gallery @the SHS of the Sharon Historical Society & Museum presents “What’s the Big Idea 2?”, a return of last year’s popular juried exhibition and sale of small scale artworks by local artists: Simon W. Biddle, Debra Billow, John Brett, M.J. Budzyn, Mary Anne Carley, BZ Coords, Jeff Joyce, Sybil M. Perry, Camille Raccanova, Richard Roney-Dougal, Diane Tomczak, Valerie von Volz, Lisa Deloria Weinblatt, and Linda Wenkert!

The show is once again juried and judged by Sharon residents Carl Chaiet and Lynn Kearcher. Cash prizes will be awarded to three works selected by the judges. In addition, guests who attend the show’s opening night will have the opportunity to select their favorite work of art which will receive the “SHS Crowd Pleaser” award.

For information on upcoming shows, please click here. For questions, please email art@sharonhist.org.

"Other People (No. 1) by Camille Roccanova

Other People (No. 1) by Camille Roccanova

Saturday, September 10th through October 28, 2016

 

“Distaff in Sharon: A Tribute to Melva Bucksbaum”, an invitational exhibition and sale running from September 10 through October 28, 2016.

The exhibition at The Gallery @the SHS takes its inspiration from the ground breaking 2013 show curated by Ms. Bucksbaum at the Granary in Sharon titled “The Distaff Side, ” a diverse exhibition of paintings, sculpture, photography, and video by more than 100 female artists from the collections of Ms. Bucksbaum and her husband, Sharon resident Raymond Learsy.

The show at The Gallery @the SHS features work by local women artists Debra Bilow, Zelina Blagden, Tina Chandler, Karen LeSage, Ellen Moon, Catherine Noren, Sally Pettus and Kate Stiassni.

Video Interview: Art Curator Melva Bucksbaum on ‘The Distaff Side’: An exhibition

For information on upcoming shows, please click here. For questions, please email art@sharonhist.org.

Bold Strokes Sketches by Kate Stiassni (48″ x 37″)

The She Said, He Said Exhibition and Sale

<span “color: #999999;”>(July 16-September 2, 2016)

The invitational art exhibit and sale featured the works of seven local artist couples: Ellen Moon and Dave Colbert, Joel Schapira and Diane Schapira, Karen Culbreth and Scott Culbreth, Greg Lock and Sarah Anderson Lock, Carl D’Alvia and Jackie Saccoccio, Ingrid Freidenbergs and Jack Feder, and Alistair Jones and Shaari Horowitz.
Grasshopper in Flight by Ellen Moon and Four Wire Studies by David Colbert

Black & White/White & Black

<span “color: #999999;”>(May 7-June 24, 2016)

 

“Black & White/White & Black”

Paintings, Photography and Sculpture by 5 Connecticut Women

Tina Chandler – Lorrie Lewis – Garrett Richardson – Valerie Rout – Nancy Steckel
(January 17-March 14, 2010)

 

1

IMG_2784

IMG_2787

IMG_2796

IMG_2801

IMG_2786

IMG_2799

IMG_2805

IMG_2793

IMG_2808

IMG_2800

IMG_2792

IMG_2807

IMG_2809

Capturing the Spirit: The Art of Susan B. Durkee

(April 7 through May 7, 2010)

Susan’s exhibit, featured over 30 original, classic works including still lifes, landscapes, portraits and equestrian paintings.

susan-durkee-hallway-small2

susan-durkee-hallway-small

 

About Susan B. Durkee

An award winning artist, Susan works out of her spacious West Redding, Connecticut studio, The Lobster Pot, so named by Mark Twain who owned the property at the turn of the century. Susan graduated from Greens Farms Academy, attended one year at the School of Fine Arts at Boston University, received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont.

Her work is displayed in private collections throughout the Country. Susan has been featured on four Cable Television Shows, appeared in Fairfield Country Times, The Artist Magazine, MSNBC Connecticut News, The News Times, Signature magazine, Ridgefield Magazine, as well as the featured portrait artist in the Spring 2004 National Geographic article on Greenwich, Connecticut.

Susan specializes in traditional classic style portraiture. Since 1978, she has been commissioned to paint individual, civic, and corporate portraits. Among her corporate clients are U.S. Tobacco, the Cancer Research Institute, Wellesley College, the Mark Twain House, Hartford, Connecticut and Baylor University Medical Center. Memberships include: American Society Portrait Artists, Connecticut Society Portrait Artists, Salmagundi Club, New York, Artists Fellowship, New York, and Stroke of Genius, Oil Painters of America, Colonial Dames of America, State of Connecticut.

Joan Palmer: “A Watercolor Journey”

(May 16-July 16, 2010)

watercolor

joan-palmer-watercolor-exhibit-3

joan-palmer-watercolor-exhibit-2

joan-palmer-watercolor-exhibit-4

joan-palmer-watercolor-exhibit

Earnest and Telford: Illustrations from Our Adventures

(October 9 – November 16, 2010)

Featuring the original art from the forthcoming book, My Scottish Adventure and favorites from Being EarnestIt Could Have Been a Rose, & Man’s First Word.

CCBeing Earnest1-small

CCRosecover

CCman'sfirstwordcover-small

Near and Far.

Featuring pastels, oil and watercolor sketches of the Northwest Corner, the Adirondacks and Yellowstone National Park. Pieter Lefferts trained at the Art Students League of New York. His work is in collections throughout North America and abroad.

In Our Own Backyard… Five Women Express Life Where We Live. The show will run from November 8th to December 20th, with the reception on Saturday, November 8th from 5 – 7 PM.

Gallery visitors will experience the beauty of our area’s rolling hills, long vistas, fields and marshes, deep skies and stretches of water in artwork created by local artists. Dorothy Fox, Nancy Goldberger, Patricia Hogan, Linda Wenkert and Lilly Woodworth share their love of the Litchfield Hills and surrounding area with paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel.

[/toggles] [/two_third]