The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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June 29, 2013

Jacksonville artist to be featured in museum exhibit

PALESTINE — Jacksonville artist Leigha Sherman’s exhibit “Expression!: Illustrating Emotions” will be on display during the months of July and August at the Museum for East Texas Culture in Palestine.

An opening reception for Sherman will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 6 in the museum’s art gallery. Refreshments, coffee, wine and live music will be served as those in attendance mingle through the gallery and experience the artist’s renditions of those emotions all experience.

Believing the line between the fields of illustration and art is a blurry one, Sherman strives to evoke thought and emotion from her art pieces by using her illustrating skills to express that which is normally only felt.

The diversity of her subjects parallel the diversity of her materials, she says, as she is skillful in everything from Photoshop, acrylic, and gouche to charcoal, pencil and the use of everyday objects.  

Sherman has experienced the frustration that mental blockage can create and has strived to illustrate these obscure emotions in her various work.

“What does being overwhelmed look like inside the mind? How many emotions run through unrequited affection? Ever wonder what color faith is?” Sherman asked.

Sherman grew up surrounded by art. With an artist mother and a writer father she fell easily to an artsy existence.

Though she loved art and doodled all through her high school years, it never occurred to her that this hobby might be something to pursue professionally until college, when she received an art scholarship from Lon Morris College.

After receiving Outstanding Student in the Fine Arts Department at Lon Morris College and graduation, Sherman was led to The Academy of Art University where she currently attends class online.

She will soon receive her Bachelor’s of Fine Art and plans to continue her education for her Masters of Fine Art degree.

Though the classes are difficult and rigorous she holds tight the philosophy that  “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”

Because of the variety The Academy offers, Sherman has become skilled in digital artwork, graphics design, and fine art, using tools ranging from paints to pencils to laptops.

For more information about the artist, visit http://releasearts.artistwebsites.com or www.facebook.com/ReleaseArts

The museum is located at 400 Micheaux Ave. behind Reagan  Park.

For more information regarding the exhibit, pieces on display or museum hours, contact Museum Director Dan Dyer at 903-723-1914 or by email at dandyer@museumpalestine.org.

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