Artist Sharon Geraci

Sharon Geraci

Gallery Showing: March 10 - May 5, 2011
Artist Reception: Thursday, March 17, 2011  1:00-5:00PM

Artist's Bio

Sharon is a Portland, Oregon artist specializing in mixed-media collage and acrylic painting. Sharon’s early interest in the design of the man-made environment led her to pursue a master’s degree in Urban Design and Community Development from M.I.T. While working in the urban transit and planning field for over 25 years, Sharon engaged in a parallel pursuit of art, and became a full-time artist in 1999. She has served as project coordinator for the Indian Art Market and for Indian Art Northwest in 2002, has managed all aspects of the multi-media installation art for the City of Hillsboro Civic Center complex, has served as the President of the Oregon Watercolor Society and as Curator for the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Fine Arts and Crafts Faire. Sharon also teaches classes in abstract collage at the Multnomah Art Center in Portland, in her own studio, and as a guest instructor.


Artist's Statement

“The primary inspiration for my art is expressing what is both unique to me and common to others,” Sharon said. “Creating art makes me think more carefully about how to express sentiments and elicit response from viewers. A piece of art has its own voice, and speaks to each person in a different way, long after the artist is no longer there to articulate his or her vision.” Most of Sharon’s pieces have a specific socio-cultural reference that may include symbols, patterns, motifs or other elements relating to particular cultures. These are usually set against an abstract background, symbolizing the modern world. “None of us can claim to be “pure” anything,” Sharon said. ”We are all the most recent version of a long lineage of mixing, matching, moving, migrating, absorbing and adapting, physically and culturally.” 

Sharon said she approaches each piece differently – sometimes with a specific idea or subject, other times as an experiment in texture, color and design. ”I find that collage provides the opportunity for endless combinations of materials that allows me to construct my own contemporary interpretation of timeless themes and inject my personal style,” Sharon said. “I am consistently attracted to color and texture because I believe these elements reflect the richness of the fabric of life. I find great joy in creating art and sharing it with others.”                                               



Sharon Geraci
Mixed Media

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