i was very disappointed last Sunday when i visited the Sharon Arts Center gallery that the exhibit that i wished to see had begun to be taken down, The exhibit, as stated on the sharon Arts Center web site said the exhibit ended on january 7th. When i mentioned this to some one in the Galllery i received a very curt response that the exhibit ended on the 5th and they were dismantling the exhibit i had gone to see, and had begun to replace it with the upcoming exhibit. I had traveled over an hour to get to see this exhibit and besides not being able to see it was treated in a not very nice way by whomever i spoke to. There were others in the gallery that were disappointed as well, that had gone to see this particular exhibit.. i will think again as to whether i will want to waste my time traveling there...
Sharon Arts Center is an important cultural resource for people of all ages in the Monadnock region. It offers professional instruction at reasonable prices as well as opportunities to view/display art and learn about art as a technical and professional practice. I feel very lucky to have this organization in my community.
I began my relationship with Sharon Arts as a student in the summer classes when I was a sophomore, but my real involvement began with their high school portfolio building class, ArtAccess. It was here that exposed me to the world of art beyond drawing and painting. Nome and Melanie, the leaders of the program, did everything in their power to give us a wonderful experience between taking us to artist studios and planning art events, and showing us how to use new mediums (like metal or chocolate!). I came back to ArtAccess a year later and worked as an intern for the class, and it was just as great, if not better! We did a 150 ft mural for the local hospital and hosted Art Attack which is this crazy open house party type event that lets young adults come to the school overnight and try their hand at a whole bunch of different mediums and art games. But basically, ArtAccess was a creative outlet, a guiding hand, and a type of home for me. I made so many artistic friends, and was exposed to opportunities I never would have found on my own. Sharon Arts is an incredible place, and a safe haven for artists. I'd recommend it to anyone with any type of interest in art in the New England area!
The Sharon Arts Center is an amazing resource for all ages. Teen and children programs offer a multitude of artistic experiences. Classes provide instruction at beginner and advanced levels in a variety of mediums. Staff, volunteers, and teachers are helpful and enthusiastic.
Sharon Arts is the premier arts venue for the Monadnock region. I have been involved with the organization for many years and have enjoyed it immensely. The school of arts and crafts has top notch facilities and faculty. The craft shop has wonderful hand crafted work from local and regional artists. And the gallery space is on par with galleries from New York to L. A. I would recommend visiting the Sharon Arts Center's school and galleries to anyone visiting the Monadnock region. Sharon Arts serves local artists, students, and connoisseurs alike.
I started at the Sharon Arts Center by taking classes. Then I started volunteering with the kids ArtVenture day camp. I loved it and I have been helping there for four years now. I love teaching kids how to express themselves with art and it helped me with my carrer choice of either art teaching or art therapy. It is a great and very welcoming enviornment that anyone can feel confortable in.
The Sharon Arts Center provides a wonderful opportunity for children within our region to experience the world and their own creativity in new and exciting ways. My child started attending their camps when she was in elementary school. She is now in the 6th grade and still looks forward to attending their camps whenever they are offered. However the excitement of the Sharon Arts Center and staff extends beyond the camps to the various gallery shows, exhibits, and events they hold throughout the year. My daughter has been able to use her growing art skills not for just her own enjoyment, but the enjoyment of others. For example, she and other younger students worked with the Sharon Arts Center in conjunction with Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center to create a mural for their residents. Another example is that my daughter and others were able to work with the staff at the Sharon Arts Center and the Monadnock Community Hospital to create a series of murals lining the walls of the emergency room entrance to the hospital to make it visually more appealing and soothing to patients while the space was undergoing extensive renovation. The Sharon Arts Center and their staff care about my daughter, the other children and adults they serve, and the wider community in which they reside - what a wonderful group!
I started taking classes at Sharon Arts after a 25-year career in marketing -- I was presented with the opportunity to start working from home, and I took advantage of my newly-flexible schedule. I signed up for a watercolor class with a fantastic teacher and 9 - 10 other truly lovely people.... so peaceful and fulfilling -- what a gift to give yourself!! It was amazing!!
My next class was a drawing class; I signed up with my 16 year old step-daughter and we sketched nude models. My step-daughter was was unsure of her direction in life, but had strong artistic tendencies. We had bonded over the 2 - 3 years we knew each other... but what better way to bond than to sketch nudes together??!! This is a story we will tell forever!!!
I then assisted with some fundraising for the organization, and ultimately found myself on the board... Sharon Arts is a gem in this community, and to the youngsters who may not "fit in a regular" school but have a chance at art school, to the housewife who need a creative outlet beyond folding laundry (that was ME once) to the seniors who need a past-time, both creatively and socially -- Sharon Arts is there -- and there are SO MANY MORE who benefit from this organization! If you want to take art classes, if you are an established artist who wants to sell your art/craft, and if you are an artist who wants to display your work in an exhibit, then Sharon Arts is the place!
And if you want to live in a community that honors and fosters an artistic culture, then come to the Monadnock area... Sharon Arts, along with a long list of other organizations, makes this a lovely place to live and raise a family. I thank everyone who makes the place tick, you are all amazing...
The Sharon Arts Center has been a part of my life for many years. I took a ceramics class back in 1990 when I was an adolescent and greatly enjoyed the experience. I think the variety of art that is shown in the Sharon Arts Gallery in Peterborough is exceptional and the programs that involve the local community are well thought out and fulfilling.