2017 Ann Arbor Art Fair Official Guide

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Sharon Tesser

Fiber | Louisville, Ky. | Booth E174

■ ANN ARBOR’S SOUTH UNIVERSITY ART FAIR

During a 21-year hiatus from professional

art, Sharon became the

very busy CEO of her family. Her

family consists of 7 children and wonderful

husband. As the children began

leaving the nest, the artwork began

in earnest.

Utilizing a love of textiles and her

commitment to recycling, she began

deconstructing clothing and linens

and then hand dying the fabric. The

images made are from original

sketches and built up with the dyed

fabric. The finished textile is completed

using several layers of fabric

and wrapped onto maple board.

Computers are not used in the creation

of her work.

AWARDS

• Winterfair Cincinnati Award of

Excellence 2015

• Woodland Art Fair Best of Category

2015, Lexington, Ky.

• Highland Park Chicago Fine Art

Fair Award of Excellence 2015

• St. James Art Fair 1st Place Best

of Show 2014, Louisville , Ky.

PUBLISHED

Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits

Lark Publishing April 2013

Art Quilting Studio Stampington

Press June 2013

Art Quilting Studio Stampington

Press January 2014

She has pieces in private and corporate

collections in the US and

abroad.

ANN ARBOR’S SOUTH UNIVERSITY

ART FAIR July 20–23 • 2017

Sarah Goodyear

Painting | Fayetteville, W.Va. | Booth D375

■ ANN ARBOR SUMMER ART FAIR

“I grew up in rural Pennsylvania,

near Harrisburg. When I was in

school I felt that my strengths were

evenly split between math and creative

writing. Art never had a place in

academia in my mind; I was told to

focus on subjects which would later

lend themselves to a viable career.

Art seemed too enjoyable to be practical.

With this mentality, my art

education ended at the end of seventh

grade.” “After high school,

I went on to college with no real

sense of direction. For two years I

danced around different subject

areas, never declaring a major, never

even considering art. (It’s just not

practical!) By the end of my sophomore

year I still had not decided on a

major so I dropped out and moved

back in with my parents. Suddenly,

for the first time in my life, I had all

the free time in the world to use in

any way I chose. What is the best use

of free time? Art, of course!”

“Without ever intending to make a

career out of it, I began painting a lot.

I experimented with oil, acrylic,

gesso, pen and ink, oil pastels—

everything. I painted on canvas, but

also on cardboard, plywood, matboard—everything.

At one point, I

went to the local high school and

retrieved hundreds of unwanted

foamcore science fair projects to

paint on the backs of them. My lack

of formal training gave me this grand

sense of freedom to explore. As my

technique and style developed, my

friends encouraged me to display my

artwork in public. I was reluctant at

first, but decided to show them in a

local coffee shop. To my great surprise,

somebody bought one of

them! I instantly became addicted to

the feeling this gave me and decided

to pursue it a little further. This was in

2009. Since then it has developed

into a full-time operation of selling at

art shows all over the country.

Despite everything I once thought I

knew, art transformed into something

both enjoyable and

practical.” This is Sarah’s first year

exhibiting at the Ann Arbor Summer

Art Fair.

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