Title: Mountain/Mandala 3
Medium: Dyes on silk
Size: 40" x 40"
Sharon Reeber spent her childhood near New York City, where she first studied art in its great museums and galleries. She went on to study at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts and Eberhard-Karls University in Tuebingen,Germany, receiving her B.A., magna cum laude. She extended her residency in Europe, which included travel and study of art in Germany, England, Italy, France and Greece. Upon returning to the U.S. she established her studio near Kansas City, Missouri, where she directed the Mettier Gallery (1990- 92) and began exhibiting her paintings in regional, national, and international exhibits.
Landscape imagery of the Western United States often forms the starting point for her poetic paintings characterized by vivid use of color, a magical atmosphere, and spiritual depth. She discovered the medium of French dyes on silk, which perfectly suits her love of color and expressive gesture. According to the Kansas City Star, "Her landscapes seem both rooted in reality and simultaneously derived from some other world. They have a joy and energy and wonderful immediacy that just hits you." Reeber states: "These paintings suggest a vision of the earth as a finite set of elements which continually interact and transform. Instead of making a snapshot of a moment frozen in time, I want to convey the feeling of time passing: of cycles of growth and death and rebirth while the light moves across the sky."
Her work has been shown across the U.S. and internationally in numerous exhibitions. During her travels to Asia in 1995, Reeber studied historical Japanese screen painting at a large private collection in Tokyo. In 1997, Reeber was featured in the book The Best of Silkpainting (North Light Press). In 2000, she was commissioned to create a work for the public art project, CowParade, Kansas City. Reeber's works are in private and corporate collections including Kaiser-Permanente, Kansas City; Gleiss-Lutz und Partner, Stuttgart, Germany; and E. Michelazzo, Brazil. She joined the faculty at the Carnegie Arts Center, Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1990 and served on its Board of Directors (1995-97). She is Adjunct Faculty in Art at the University of St. Mary, Leavenworth, Kansas and is a member of the Kansas City Artists' Coalition.
More of Reeber's work can be seen at: http://www.sharonreeber.com She can be reached by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org