Sharon Rubinstein, and friends. Why the name? Not just because the studio workspace was initially located in a corner of the Jefferson Valley Mall. It's also because we have wanted to offer a place for you to enjoy art, learn about art, commission art, buy art, and make art.
Sharon has shown her work locally and beyond, and is thrilled to be included in the Arc of the Viral Universe show, organized by artist Carla Rae Johnson, that has been traveling the state, recently at Hudson Valley MOCA in Peekskill and at the Croton Library. In the fall of 2019, she had a two month, one-woman show in Annapolis, Maryland. Under COVID, all was via Zoom! Her work was in "Let's Face It" online, a group show put on by Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, and the Garrison Art Center member show, too! In January 2022, her work was at "Who's Cooking" in Croton Falls, and again at the Garrison Art Center - but this time, on the wall! In February, 2022, she was in an exhibit about love, and in April, the Arc of the Viral Universe was at the Ossining Public Library, and then in Chappaqua. On May 14, she was a featured artist at Art Around Town at the Jefferson Valley Mall, and throughout June had a one-woman show in Croton Falls, at Who's Cooking! In July it was Rockland, at Hidden Treasures Gallery, thanks to ACOR. Closing out 2022 and extending into 2023, Sharon's work has been at the Field Library Gallery Who's Cooking?, and the Westchester Community College. In December of 2023, she looks forward to having work at the Bethany Art Center, the Field Library in Peekskill, and in Croton Falls. Also upcoming: more teaching!
Sharing beauty. Sharing fun. Sharing knowledge. And caring about art and community.
The mall was our setting, and also our partner: Sharon began making oil paintings of mall regulars in the spring of 2018, and they were the subject of an opening in January of 2019. You can see a video of the event. The paintings were on display near the mall's food court for two years.
Sharon pursued fine arts studies in college and later with noted artists Robert Liberace and Daniel Greene. She works primarily in oil paint, pastels, acrylics, and pencil. Custom portraits are her specialty, but she also creates other kinds of images.
I have been drawing and painting since I could hold a pencil. (Photography is a newer interest.) I specialize in portraiture, but enjoy a wide range of artistic subjects and media.
My first teacher was my mother, who was an accomplished artist and wonderful role model. I am still inspired by her works.
Drawing and experimenting with many art forms was a prime pleasure of my childhood and adolescence. Although I eventually turned to other academic subjects that enabled a different day job, I pursued fine arts studies in college and beyond and was able to be at least a part-time artist.
I have been lucky to learn from more than a few eminent teachers, including Daniel Greene and Robert Liberace, and have completed numerous works and commissions. I have also taught, and am looking forward to teaching this autumn at the Cedar Lane Art Center, at the Garrison Art Center, and at the Morabito Center in Cortlandt, as well as in my Peekskill studio.
In 2019, I finished an oil portrait series for the Jefferson Valley Mall, where I had my studio - “Your Corner Artist” - for about ten months. My first painting of WWII veteran Lenny Tosto was unveiled in the spring of 2018. Lenny is a beloved member of the mall community, so his selection as the debut subject was no accident. Amanda is also on the wall - she ran guest services - and so is Rocky; I'll bet you can guess what he does at the JVM. It’s exciting to have highlighted the people who animate the mall’s corridors each day, and to have completed 14 paintings, each with a different perspective. Check out a recent article about my work! And I was honored to be an invited artist for "Let's Face It," a group show online, that ran from November through December, 2020. I was glad to be in three shows at the beginning of 2022 (one about love) and a traveling exhibition for the Arc of the Viral Universe. I started 2023 with more shows, and more are on the way!
At the Peekskill Arts Alliance Open Studios event, June 2nd and 3rd, 2018
Peekskill, New York, United States
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