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February Issue 2005

Hilton Head Art League in Hilton Head Island, SC, Features Works by Alexandra Heintzelman Sharma

A lively collection of lino block prints and recent watercolor paintings by Alexandra Heintzelman Sharma will be on display at the Hilton Head Art League Gallery in Pineland Station on Hilton Head Island, SC, from Feb. 15 through Mar. 12, 2005. The show is titled Water-Color-Ink, and makes apparent her interest in color, patterns of shade and light, as well as her unusually broad range of subject matter.

Says Sharma, "My paintings and prints represent views and moments that attracted me in some way - perhaps the play of light, shadow, color, shape, patterns, or an unusual point of view. I am intrigued by the overlapping boundaries between realism and abstraction."

The watercolor paintings were created over the past Summer on location in Toronto, Canada; Oxford , England; Newfoundland and Northwest Cove, Nova Scotia.

The lino block prints were created over a longer period of time and represent images, some real, some imagined. The art of carving a relief block is a controlled process wherein the artist must imagine a mirror-image and carve away all of the areas on the block that do not make up the inked or printed surface. All inks are mixed individually before inking the block. The result is an original print.

Born into a family of artists her father a well-known architect and sculptor and her grandfather an internationally-renowned etcher Sharma started making art at the early age of 8 when she carved her first sculpture from a large block of salt. She went on to get a Master of Fine Arts degree, and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, Oxford University in England, the University of Toronto, the Ontario College of Art and Design and the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Sharma has spent over 20 years painting, sculpting and teaching at the college level. She continues to teach in Beaufort and Hilton Head Island, including the University of South Carolina Beaufort and the Hilton Head Art League Art Academy. Her work can be seen locally at the Art League Gallery and the Charles Street Gallery in Beaufort, SC.

The Hilton Head Art League is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to promoting the visual arts in the community and enhancing the art skills of its members. It provides an annual scholarship to young artists seeking to build a career in the visual arts, provides numerous art events for the public and holds art classes at the Art Academy on Cordillo Parkway as well as intensive 5-day workshop taught by nationally-acclaimed art instructors.

For more information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/681-5060 or at (www.hiltonheadartleague.org).

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