By Janet Serra

Posted: 05/27/2019 12:56:47

The Sharon Historical Society & Museum has opened the next exhibit in Gallery SHS, of contrasting works by the two local artists KARIN WEXLER and INGRID FREIDENBERGS at the Sharon Historical Society & Museum Art Gallery through July 12.

Karin's work is inspired by the rhythms and patterns of nature. Working in oils on large canvases, she begins each painting with a color scheme that dictates the mood or expression of the painting. The works hint at an observed landscape or seascape but are abstracted to capture not the physical reality but a fleeting moment in time, a mood, a feeling. A thirty-year resident of Sharon, Karin's paintings are informed by her private practice in Healing Arts and Feng Shui.

Ingrid, a Lakeville resident, has exhibited her work in numerous solo and juried exhibitions. Born in Latvia during the Second World War, she has made sense of a shattered world by constructing collages of fragments of fabric, images and found objects that are both formally beautiful and evocative of the past. Working here on a very small scale and in what the New York Times called "the most exquisite and sensitive layering of found materials," Freidenbergs' jewel-like works invite close contemplation.

Both artists invoke memories - of landscape or a mysterious past - to create works of great sensitivity by employing color, texture, and form, albeit on very different scales. 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 or email director@sharonhist.org. For additional information about the Sharon Historical Society & Museum, visit www.sharonhist.org

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