Current Exhibition


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

‘Nasturtiums’,  by Carol Timolat

Upcoming Exhibitions

May 6 – July 7 No Place Like Home (open call juried exhibition on the themes of home or family). Artists, to view the prospectus for this show and to find out about entering your artwork, please click here. For questions, please email

Carolyne Roehm to judge “No Place Like Home

We are pleased to announce that style icon and lifestyle aficionado Carolyne Roehm will judge the upcoming show in The Gallery @the SHS, “No Place Like Home”, a juried exhibition and sale of artworks which express the artists’ conceptions of the themes Home or Family. The show will open with a reception and awards ceremony for artists and the public on May 6 at 5 pm and will run through July 7, 2017.

Carolyne Roehm has been part of American design culture for over four decades, with a career spanning the fashion, gardening, entertaining, publishing and decorative arts worlds.  She has, in addition, been a discriminating collector of art, at one time owning work by artists such as Renoir and Sargent, and is a gifted and accomplished photographer and watercolor artist in her own right.  Having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Washington University, Ms Roehm is known for her discerning eye, passion for beauty and innate sense of style. It has been said that Ms. Roehm has a curator’s zeal for the decorative arts and a couturier’s obsession with detail.  In 2016 Southern Lady Magazine noted “She finds inspiration in the way the sun dances through a field of flowers and the patterns fallen leaves make on the roof of her glasshouse.” Writing in Architectural Digest, Ms. Roehm observed “sense of place inspires.”  Ms. Roehm is the author of a dozen books, including At Home, At Home in the Garden, and her series of four seasonal Notebooks: Garden, Hearth, Traditions, Home. She was once quoted as saying “The things that bring life into a room – music, candles, flowers, dogs – that’s what makes a room memorable.” The Gallery @the SHS is delighted to welcome Carolyne Roehm, with her unique sense and sensibility, as the Judge for this exhibition.

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. The Gallery @the SHS invites artists to submit for consideration original works in any medium which respond to, and reflect the artist’s interpretation of, the themes Home or Family. The definition of the word home means different things to different people. Often “home” describes a feeling as much as a place. For purposes of this exhibition, “Home” and “Family” may be defined as broadly as the artists’ imaginations permit. Each entrant is free to express what those words mean to him or her, what they taste like, what feelings they evoke. Artists are encouraged to “think outside of the box” and are challenged to submit entries that demonstrate the diverse and inclusive elements of the themes.

There is a non-refundable entry fee of $25.00 for up to two (2) works of art, $10.00 for each additional submission. Submissions must be delivered on Saturday, April 29 between 9:00AM and 11:00AM. The Prospectus, Entry Forms and detailed Terms and Conditions are available by clicking the link above or in person at the SHS during regular business hours.

July 15 – September 8 SHS Presents SWC (curated show of Sharon Woman’s Club artists)

September 16 – October 27 “The Land We Love” (invitational exhibition featuring landscapes) 

November 4 – December 15 “Have a Seat” (juried exhibition on the themes of chair(s), sitting or seating ) 

Exhibits Archive

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

‘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

"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

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

The She Said, He Said Exhibition and Sale

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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

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“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)
















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.




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)






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.

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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.