Artist Spotlight: Sherry Hardage

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Since 1971, the Roswell Fine Arts Alliance (RFAA) has worked to foster creativity and personal growth within the North Fulton community by means of art education, exhibitions and friendly competition. Members include emerging, professional and instructional artists. This nonprofit club makes a point to showcase artwork throughout the year at several venues (Fickle Pickle, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Uptown Cafe, the City Market, the East Roswell Library and the Main Roswell Library). The RFAA has their own gallery inside the Roswell East Park Arts Center at 9100 Fouts Road.

Twice a year, Synovus Bank hosts two member shows: WIRED in May and GENESIS in September. Two artists in the upcoming GENESIS XXIV Juried Show have shared a few things about themselves and their work.

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Sherry Hardage was once a high school teacher, but after retirement, she found her stride as an artist. For a decade, she has considered herself to be a serious one. Hardage now teaches acrylic and oil classes, and she enjoys “plein air,” or outdoor painting. 

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“Working out of doors, especially near water, feeds my realistic work, and I find working back and forth between realistic and abstract keeps me always excited about being an artist,” she explained.

Hardage possesses the ability to find inspiration in almost everything she sees, whether “taking a walk in the woods [or] looking through a collection of stamps from around the world [she’s] had for years.” These stamps were the inspiration for an ongoing series of 15 small abstract collages (and counting). Sherry also runs her own art blog and sells her work online (available at hardageart.com).