Join us for Sharon Eisley's June 9th Reception at RiskPress Gallery in Sebastopol
Recognize this gorgeous painting of an old gnarled tree? If you were driving by Peter Lowell’s on 116 in Sebastopol, you likely noticed this large-scale piece filling the window of the Florence building’s neighbor: RiskPress Art Gallery. The artist behind this piece – and many other compelling oil on wood paintings – is none other than Sono-Ma friend Sharon Eisley. Yes, she’s the same mom we featured as Chicken Coop builder, Garden Party Hostess, Fairy House class instructor, and former Sono-Ma Studio Soiree artist.
Castles in the Air, that dreamy, artisan shop on 4th Street in Berkeley, featured Sharon’s work last year via a show in their upstairs gallery entitled “A Suitable Chimera.” Castles in the Air staff wrote this about Sharon’s work when promoting the show: “Like her portraits of horse-headed knights and owls with human hands clasped in prayer, Sharon Eisley’s background is a study in contrasts. Her first decade as a painter was spent as a watercolorist before learning Chinese brush painting in Taipei and oils at the California College of Arts and Crafts.” A description you’ll find quite apt, as you see the magical way she weaves many mediums into single, compelling pieces.
“I sure hope, Kind Reader, that you can come to this opening! Almost all new work. Mostly “animeoples” or anim(al) – (P)eople, but also my newest persimmon piece,” shares Sharon. I must also add that the tree painting shown above is part of the show. “It’s the last one from a collection I created a few years back,” reveals Sharon who recently decided she could part with this painting that used to hang in her own entry way. Her collectors will be thrilled to see this “new” release.
“I’ll be in the gallery when I can through June, but please schedule a visit if you want to get in and peruse the art at a certain time,” offers Sharon who will coordinate her own show and reception as part of RiskPress’ program. RiskPress provides artists a free venue for showing work – as long as they are unrepresented.
Pictured here is the back of Sharon’s announcement postcard (thus the spot for an address). The front is Magnolia Dancers (see above).
“The little Rhino boy is one of 15 small 3.5 x 5″panels (re-purposed linoleum samples) all hanging together on a re-purposed door for an interactive piece (you get to flip the samples about- they are awesome 1970′s colors/patterns in warm neutral tones and wood). The piece is called “No Child Left Behind”. All kids going back from present to the 1600′s,” explains Sharon, adding that the lino samples were donated to her son’s preschool and inspired the school theme.
“The little Rhino with his stick and hoop is a tribute to my awesome friend Sarah who paints lovely Rhino’s (or rather lovely gods and goddesses in Rhino form). Check her out at sarahsoward.com,” says Sharon.
More on Sharon Eisley
Follow the adventures of this fine artist as she raises her two creative boys via her blog: When in Home. Find out how she dedicates weekly time to her passion while also managing tasks such as “pick up the little one and then the bigger one in an hour and then cart them off to a cubscout bridging ceremony in the woods, Sharon posts her works in progress and recent works here.
You can also find samples of her work via her website: www.sharoneisley.com
Many of us have also enjoyed taking Sharon’s woodland fairy house workshops. See pictures of her workshops and get information about classes here.
Sharon invites you and your family to attend her reception on Saturday, June 9th from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. She plans to have a children’s art table and delicious family fare for gnoshing.
See you there!