Sara Shepherd Edgar unveils new solo exhibit
Terzian Galleries will host reception
Visual artist Sara Shepherd Edgar is known for creating symbolic work that interpret experiences and stories from her life.
Last September, she and her husband dropped their youngest child off at college, which came on the heels of her oldest spending a semester abroad.
“At first I didn’t think those two experiences would affect my work, but they did,” Edgar said with a laugh during an interview with The Park Record. “There’s a feeling of nostalgia in the new works, and I think because I sent my own kids away that I felt that nostalgia.”
The new work is already on display at Terzian Galleries, 625 Main St. The gallery will host an artist reception at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7.
The exhibit features at least 14 new pieces, Edgar said.
“ has some other pieces of mine already hung in the gallery,” Edgar said. “So, we’ll see if any of those will work with the new ones.”
Edgar started working on the new pieces in September.
“Since I didn’t have any kids in the house, I could focus,” she said. “That’s when I put my nose to the grindstone.”
Most of the new pieces feature a child or children.
“I think the nostalgia I was feeling is symbolized as kids in the paintings,” Edgar said. “I like painting kids because they also seem to be symbolic to a blank slate. You can see so much opportunity in their faces.”
The biggest challenge Edgar faced was finding a new way to paint children.
“Painting the people is hard because the human form is so recognizable,” she said. “I had to paint them and put my own mark or spin on them.”
Edgar began […]