Hawkesbury District Independent June 2017 #85 - Page 51

out & about Behind the Art: Sheila Sharp by Donna Cavanagh Macquarie Towns Art Society An MTAS workshop with Melissa Read-Devine, doing wood block Sheila Sharp is and lino printing, a local Hawkesbury reminded Sheila artist who really enjoys how much she Printmaking as a enjoyed printmaking. medium to fulfil her She attended artistic visions. an Introduction Sheila was born in to Printmaking the United Kingdom, Course at TAFE growing up in North Kingswood. Sheila is London in a very a founding member musically gifted family. of Hawkesbury Sheila studied both the Printmakers Inc. piano and violin and Sheila at a Hawkesbury Printmakers Inc. (HPI) and works although displaying towards ensuring workshop. a musical talent, chose not to pursue its continuity today. The HPI group holds musical interests. Sheila arrived in workshops and demonstrations in the Australia in 1971 with her husband and various styles of the printmaking medium two young sons, settling in Adelaide. The and members can learn and experiment in family moved to Sydney in 1980 and lived these styles. in Ryde, West Ryde and Dundas before Sheila says she must be surrounded settling in Pitt Town in 1986, where she by history and trees to be happy and this still resides today. makes the Hawkesbury an ideal place to An oil painting class run by the live and create. Her dream project would Community College and taught by Deidre be in either Lino printing as she loves Morrison launched Sheila’s art career in the graphics of Lino in black and white; the year she turned 40 years old. This led or using Aluminium Plate Etching, which to her joining the Macquarie Towns Arts allows artistic scope. It would probably be Society (MTAS), attending meetings and a subject of landscape with trees. demonstrations by John Shields, John HAWKESBURY PRINTMAKERS INC. is Perkins and other experienced oil painters based at the Hawkesbury Community Arts which she found inspiring. Sheila was Workshop at K13, Hawkesbury Campus President of the Arts Society for 10 years of Western Sydney University. They meet between 2001 and 2011. Sheila was also the second Saturday of each month to Treasurer for the Arts Society for several explore and practice various print making years, holding the position of Assistant techniques. Find them on Facebook: Treasurer in the present day. Hawkesbury Printmakers Inc. THE hawkesbury INDEPENDENT www.hdinews.com.au Do you enjoy arts and crafts? Join Macquarie Towns Arts Society for our brilliant demonstrations, workshops, field painting days & exhibitions all year round! Membership from $25 * full year *concession What’s on in JUNE 7 13 21 Open Day at Yarramundi, 10am-4pm Demonstration Meeting, 7:30pm Stan Stevens Studio Hiren Patel “Sydney Street Scene in Oils” Open Day at Yarramundi, 10am-4pm What’s on in july 1 2 MTAS Membership Renewal due Workshop at Yarramundi, 9am-3pm Hiren Patel “Urban Landscape in Oils” 3-14 School holiday workshops FUN FOR KIDS! 5 Open Day at Yarramundi, 10am-4pm 11 Demonstration Meeting, 7:30pm Stan Stevens Studio David Lake “Painting a Pastoral Scene in Oils” 19 Open Day at Yarramundi, 10am-4pm Visit our website www.mtas.com.au to learn more. Follow our Facebook page. Search ‘Macquarie Towns Arts Society’ Contact Pat Bakarich 0415 200 446 ISSUE 85 // JUNE 2017 51