Current Exhibition


November 2– December 13, 2019

Opening Reception Saturday, November 2, from 5-7pm  

"Penguin Books" by Ingrid Freidenbergs
“Penguin Books” by Ingrid Freidenbergs

The Sharon Historical Society & Museum is pleased to announce the opening of the next exhibit in Gallery SHS, entitled TEXT IN ART to be held at the Sharon Historical Society & Museum Art Gallery from November 2, 2019 until December 13, 2019.   The public is invited to attend the artists’ opening reception on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 5-7PM.  This juried show will present the work of local artists who respond to the prompt “text in art.” The use of text in art has had a long and varied history, from traditional Chinese painting, through illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, to the wide variety of art of the modern era. Now more than ever text figures prominently in the work of contemporary artists as commentary, irony, political activism, and humor.  Most of the artworks will be available for purchase.  Cash prizes will be awarded to three works by the show’s judge, Andrew Craven of Craven Contemporary, Kent, CT.  A portion of all purchase proceeds will support the Sharon Historical Society & Museum’s mission.

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, call (860) 364-5688. 

2019 Schedule of Shows

  • November 2-December 13 – “Text in Art” Juried Show. Opening Reception Sat. November 2, 5-7pm
  • September 7-October 25- “Inspired by Audubon: The Art of Allen Blagden”. Opening Reception Saturday September 7, 4-7pm. 
  • July 20-August 31 – “Wind & Water” Juried Show. Opening Reception Sat. July 20, 5-7pm
  • May 18-July 12 – Karin Wexler & Ingrid Friedenbergs. Opening Reception Sat. May 18, 5-7pm
  • March 16-May 10 – Tomas Savrda. Opening Reception Sat. March 16, 5-7pm
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Inspired by Audubon: The Art of Allen Blagden

Gallery SHS of the Sharon Historical Society & Museum presents “Inspired by Audubon: The Art of Allen Blagden”, an exhibition and sale of artworks by Salisbury artist Allen Blagden. The exhibit runs from September 7 through October 25, 2019. 

The artist will give a tour of his exhibit on Saturday, October 12 from 4:00 to 5:00PM (Registration appreciated, email

Blagden is one of the foremost bird watercolorists of today. He has received numerous awards and his pieces can be found in renowned institutions such as the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Berkshire Museum and the Shelburne Museum. He has written, illustrated for and been featured in, several books and publications. From his early career, birds have been among his favored subjects, as is evident from his work as an illustrator for the Department of Ornithology at the Smithsonian Institution. Blagden has also been recognized for his portraits, landscapes and paintings of non-feathered wildlife. His work attempts to connect viewers with the natural world. As Caroline Welsh of the Adirondack Museum observed, he “invites his viewers to engage with his animal subject with empathy and curiosity. His goal is to increase our awareness of the importance of wildlife and nature to the quality of human life.”


Sharon Art Walk 2019

The show of wildlife watercolors and prints will complement an exhibition on the art, life and legacy of John James Audubon. Wild and Beautiful Creatures: The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon, organized by the Sharon Historical Society, the two part show will be at the Sharon Historical Society & Museum and at the Tremaine Gallery of the Hotchkiss School. A full program of lectures and events will be offered throughout the Fall at the museum, the Tremaine Gallery and at Sharon Audubon Center. Blagden’s work continues the tradition of American realism that looks to wildlife as a subject, a genre popularized by Audubon.

Gallery 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 Gallery SHS, call (860) 364-5688.