Sharon Malley’s painting exhibits sophisticated design sense. Her work is a unique impression of life that doesn’t mean wild abstraction, but carefully considered elements. She is on the Arlington Artists Alliance Open Studios tour at her home studio in Glen Carlin at 5612 2nd Street South. Sharon has a doctorate in education in arts and special education.
What is significant about Sharon’s bio is that artists are engaged in their communities including public and commercial enterprise in some way. When you see one or more paintings in a gallery exhibit, you may or may not know the people behind it. As a reviewer of art, it is important to inform patrons about artists.
Here is Sharon Malley’s Linkedin bio, for instance.
“Sharon Malley’s career in the field of disabilities spans over 30 years. She has a BS degree in Art Education, MS in Therapeutic Recreation, and Doctorate of Education with combined studies in therapeutic recreation, special education, and psychology. She holds teaching licenses in K-12 art education and special education.
Dr. Malley has served as the special education specialist for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts over the last two years. She continues to work as a contractor for the Kennedy Center on initiatives of national significance for arts and special education. She leads the special education team contributing to the development of the National Core Arts Standards. In addition, she has edited two editions of professional papers devoted to arts and special education exemplary practices. She coordinated and provided leadership for two national forums in 2012 and 2013, and a national conference in 2013, dedicated to advancing knowledge of the intersection of arts and special education.
Prior to her work for the Kennedy Center, she has worked as a special education teacher in public schools, therapeutic recreation specialist incorporating creative arts therapies, university adjunct professor, researcher, and arts and disabilities non-profit organization founder and director. Her specialty within the disability field is in intellectual disabilities and autism. She has authored and co-authored numerous peer reviewed journal articles, two book chapters, and is the editor of two books of exemplary programs and research in arts and special education. She has presented her research and other topics at conferences nationally and internationally.
Over the last few years Sharon has re-kindled her personal art making, working in oils and mixed media, and showing and selling her work at venues in Arlington County, VA.”
Now, let’s review what she is offering as examples of her work that we can expect to see at her studio. (See the slideshow)
The first painting is an elaborate pattern that has the tone and detail quality of Paul Klee, for instance.
The second painting is of seabirds which are placed onto one of those elaborate patterns. The patterns are dynamic with flow that appears to be musical.
A third painting is architectural, and contrastingly stark compared with her detailed patterns. Yet, the design intention appears to be consistent.
A fourth painting adds the human figure. Now, she is approaching the appearance of Gustav Klimt for instance. Knowing something about her background, one would expect to see more people in her work.
In the fifth instance, we see a richly textured landscape. That may be the comfort zone, but I hear that this treatment may just as well be applied to a piece of cake.
On Saturday, October 4 and Sunday October 5, 2014 between 1 pm. – 5 p.m. will be the 4th Annual Arlington Art Studio Tour. The community is invited to take part in this popular weekend event held in artist studios throughout Arlington County.
“Featured are a self-guided tour of twenty-three art studios showcasing the work of twenty-five local artists. Works include framed and unframed oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings of many styles; ceramics; sculpture; glass; jewelry; and mixed media. This yearly event is free and open to the public.
For more information about the tour and a downloadable map visit http://www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org/events.html”
Arlington Artists Alliance