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Eastport Arts Center

Reception for S.A. Weir: A Retrospective

Washington Street Gallery is pleased to welcome all to a reception for the gallery's July show, a retrospective with 40 years' work in 4 mediums by Sharon Weir.

Reception for S.A. Weir: A Retrospective
Reception for S.A. Weir: A Retrospective

Time & Location

Jul 07, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Eastport Arts Center, 36 Washington St, Eastport, ME 04631, USA

About the event

EAC’s Washington Street Gallery will feature S.A. Weir: A Retrospective, July 2-30, featuring 40 years of artwork in four mediums: watercolor, pastel, oil and acrylic. A reception with the artist will be held Sunday, July 7, 2-4 pm.

A native of Dennysville, Maine, Weir lived on her grandparent’s farm until her parents moved to coastal Beverly, MA where she currently resides. Today she can be found enjoying her summers on the Passamaquoddy Bay in Perry, Maine as she has done for many years.

It wasn’t until after college, raising a family, and a business career, that Weir was able to act on her lifelong interest in art. Under the direction of Master Watercolorist Barbara Donnelly, Weir found her voice and soon was earning ribbons for her paintings at the Guild of Artists in Beverly, MA. While attending Montserrat College of Art, also in Beverly, Weir was introduced to a high level of printmaking, collage, more watercolor, and a favorite medium, pastels. It was her work in pastels that earned her Artist Membership in the prestigious North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA (1990s). During her artistic journey, Weir would often discover worthy subjects, then select the best medium for the feeling, including acrylics and pen-and-inks. In 2023, artist K.T. Morse of Ipswich, MA turned Weir’s sensibilities to oil painting!  With quick success she generated ten oils which are part of the forty works in the show.

Visitors will discover Weir’s love of nature in her seascapes, landscapes, flowers, and animals, certainly inspired by her deep Maine roots. When choosing her subjects, she seeks to capture contrasts and unique circumstances, like friendships between animals, the crumbling of walls, striking light, and soft florals against sharp stripes. It should also be evident to the observer that Weir has been a frequent traveler and some of her works reflect distant locales. Downeast landscapes, the New England rugged coastline, windmills in Tralee, Ireland and the architecture of Amalfi, Italy are all on display in this show.

Washington Street Gallery, open during EAC events or by chance or appointment (email wsg@eastportartscenter.org to inquire) is on the first floor of Eastport Arts Center, at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible.

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