Peterborough Art Colony exhibits at Sharon Arts

  • Sharon Arts Gallery shows work by nine local artists in "Peterborough Artist's Colony Exhibit."<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Sharon Arts Gallery shows work by nine local artists in "Peterborough Artist's Colony Exhibit."

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • Sharon Arts Gallery shows work by nine local artists in "Peterborough Artist's Colony Exhibit."<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Sharon Arts Gallery shows work by nine local artists in "Peterborough Artist's Colony Exhibit."

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • Mixed media figures, "Fig," "Pietro," "Hickabee," "Emo," "Wingerson" and "Jarroo by Mona Adisa Brooks of Peterborough are on display at the Sharon Arts Gallery in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Mixed media figures, "Fig," "Pietro," "Hickabee," "Emo," "Wingerson" and "Jarroo by Mona Adisa Brooks of Peterborough are on display at the Sharon Arts Gallery in Peterborough.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • Sharon Arts Gallery shows work by nine local artists in "Peterborough Artist's Colony Exhibit."<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Sharon Arts Gallery shows work by nine local artists in "Peterborough Artist's Colony Exhibit."

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • Sharon Arts Gallery shows work by nine local artists in "Peterborough Artist's Colony Exhibit."<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Sharon Arts Gallery shows work by nine local artists in "Peterborough Artist's Colony Exhibit."

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • Peterborough's Mona Adisa Brooks' mixed media figures, "Fig," "Pietro," "Hickabee," "Emo" and "Wingerson."<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Peterborough's Mona Adisa Brooks' mixed media figures, "Fig," "Pietro," "Hickabee," "Emo" and "Wingerson."

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • "Holly Hocks," an oil painting by Jan Dolan of Peterborough, who is the curator of the Sharon Arts Galley's "Peterborough Artist's Colony Exhibit," now on display in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    "Holly Hocks," an oil painting by Jan Dolan of Peterborough, who is the curator of the Sharon Arts Galley's "Peterborough Artist's Colony Exhibit," now on display in Peterborough.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • Planning Board votes that Dollar General representatives will need variances from the Zoning Board to move forward with proposed store.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Planning Board votes that Dollar General representatives will need variances from the Zoning Board to move forward with proposed store.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • Two oil portraits by Numael Pulido of Hancock, "Juan," left and "Peter" are part of a collection of portraits done by Pulido, currently on display in the Sharon Arts Gallery.

    Two oil portraits by Numael Pulido of Hancock, "Juan," left and "Peter" are part of a collection of portraits done by Pulido, currently on display in the Sharon Arts Gallery.

  • Mixed-media figures created by Peterborough artist Mona Adisa Brooks, titled "Fig," (left) "Pietro," "Hickabee," "Emo," and "Wingerson" are some of the three-dimensional artwork currently being featured at the Sharon Arts Gallery. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Mixed-media figures created by Peterborough artist Mona Adisa Brooks, titled "Fig," (left) "Pietro," "Hickabee," "Emo," and "Wingerson" are some of the three-dimensional artwork currently being featured at the Sharon Arts Gallery.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • Four paintings, (clockwise from the top right) "Red Poppies," "The Chinese Bowl," "Fantasia," and "Black and Blue," are some of the still-life paintings by Patricia Wright of Hancock that make up the collection of artwork from nine local artists that make up the Peterborough Art Colony, whose collective works are on display at the Sharon Arts Gallery in Peterborough through Jan. 7. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Four paintings, (clockwise from the top right) "Red Poppies," "The Chinese Bowl," "Fantasia," and "Black and Blue," are some of the still-life paintings by Patricia Wright of Hancock that make up the collection of artwork from nine local artists that make up the Peterborough Art Colony, whose collective works are on display at the Sharon Arts Gallery in Peterborough through Jan. 7.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • "Holly Hocks," a landscape by Jan Dolan of Peterborough, one of the nine artists featured in the current exhibit on display at Sharon Arts Gallery. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    "Holly Hocks," a landscape by Jan Dolan of Peterborough, one of the nine artists featured in the current exhibit on display at Sharon Arts Gallery.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • Shirley Pulido especially enjoys painting portraits of children and animals, she said in a recent interview with the Ledger-Transcript. This oil painting, titled "Borzoi" is currently on display at the Sharon Arts Gallery. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Shirley Pulido especially enjoys painting portraits of children and animals, she said in a recent interview with the Ledger-Transcript. This oil painting, titled "Borzoi" is currently on display at the Sharon Arts Gallery.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • Sharon Arts Gallery shows work by nine local artists in "Peterborough Artist's Colony Exhibit."<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Sharon Arts Gallery shows work by nine local artists in "Peterborough Artist's Colony Exhibit."

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • Sharon Arts Gallery shows work by nine local artists in "Peterborough Artist's Colony Exhibit."<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Sharon Arts Gallery shows work by nine local artists in "Peterborough Artist's Colony Exhibit."<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Mixed media figures, "Fig," "Pietro," "Hickabee," "Emo," "Wingerson" and "Jarroo by Mona Adisa Brooks of Peterborough are on display at the Sharon Arts Gallery in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Sharon Arts Gallery shows work by nine local artists in "Peterborough Artist's Colony Exhibit."<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Sharon Arts Gallery shows work by nine local artists in "Peterborough Artist's Colony Exhibit."<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Peterborough's Mona Adisa Brooks' mixed media figures, "Fig," "Pietro," "Hickabee," "Emo" and "Wingerson."<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • "Holly Hocks," an oil painting by Jan Dolan of Peterborough, who is the curator of the Sharon Arts Galley's "Peterborough Artist's Colony Exhibit," now on display in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Planning Board votes that Dollar General representatives will need variances from the Zoning Board to move forward with proposed store.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Two oil portraits by Numael Pulido of Hancock, "Juan," left and "Peter" are part of a collection of portraits done by Pulido, currently on display in the Sharon Arts Gallery.
  • Mixed-media figures created by Peterborough artist Mona Adisa Brooks, titled "Fig," (left) "Pietro," "Hickabee," "Emo," and "Wingerson" are some of the three-dimensional artwork currently being featured at the Sharon Arts Gallery. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Four paintings, (clockwise from the top right) "Red Poppies," "The Chinese Bowl," "Fantasia," and "Black and Blue," are some of the still-life paintings by Patricia Wright of Hancock that make up the collection of artwork from nine local artists that make up the Peterborough Art Colony, whose collective works are on display at the Sharon Arts Gallery in Peterborough through Jan. 7. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • "Holly Hocks," a landscape by Jan Dolan of Peterborough, one of the nine artists featured in the current exhibit on display at Sharon Arts Gallery. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Shirley Pulido especially enjoys painting portraits of children and animals, she said in a recent interview with the Ledger-Transcript. This oil painting, titled "Borzoi" is currently on display at the Sharon Arts Gallery. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Sharon Arts Gallery shows work by nine local artists in "Peterborough Artist's Colony Exhibit."<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

While sitting in Harlow’s Pub, Peterborough artist Jan Dolan spotted a young woman nursing her baby and was struck with the image so strongly that when the woman stood up to leave, Dolan rushed over to ask if she could paint her and her baby. It’s an urge that artists who find their inspiration in the faces that surround them are hit with quite often, she said.

Dolan and eight other local artists have been part of an exclusive colony of artists connected with Peterborough for 10 years. Over the years, they have shown their work together in numerous shows, but in the last several years each of them has gone their own way for the most part. But they’ve reunited in a new exhibit at the Sharon Arts Gallery: “Peterborough Art Colony Exhibition.”

The group first showed their work together in Lata Carta, a restaurant with an upstairs Gallery on School Street in Peterborough, which is now closed .

The group would gather there to chat and eat, and naturally came together as a colony, Dolan recalled in an interview Monday.

“It’s a very professional show. Everyone in it, this is how they make their living,” said Dolan, who is exhibiting in and also curating the show, which includes landscape paintings and other mixed media works, in addition to portraits.

Dolan and Hancock artists Shirley Pulido and Numael Pulido deal mostly with portrait painting, and often find their most interesting subjects while walking down the street. And none of them are shy about walking up to complete strangers to ask if they would mind being the subject of a portrait.

“I’ll look at someone, and I’ll say, ‘Oh, there’s a painting right there,’” said Dolan. “It can come with the smallest things, but that first impression is always real — they strike you hard when they’re important.”

For example, Dolan became inspired to paint a portrait of Abraham Lincoln recently while watching a documentary. When they showed a photograph of Lincoln, when he was the most worried and stressed in his presidency, Dolan jumped at the chance to turn the image into a painting.

“The narrator said you’d have to go back 200 years to find a painter who could paint this photo, and I took that as a challenge,” said Dolan.

For the Pulidos, inspiration comes to them in a similar way. Some of the portraits they’ve included in the exhibit came into being because Numael observed something that caught his eye, such as a man in an interesting hat on the street, or an Egyptian man who has a face full of character or a striking moment of one of his students playing with his daughter, said the Pulidos.

“Painters are attracted by the visual,” said Shirley, and the inspiration can come from almost anything.

“The human face is the most interesting of all subjects,” said Numael. “It’s one thing that has infinite variety. It’s hard to find that degree of difference in any other subject matter. We often approach people on the street, when we see someone with something interesting in their face, or if they’re dressed in an interesting way. When a person has a lot of character, it shows.”

Dolan agreed with Numael’s assessment. She started out painting landscapes, she said, but kept finding herself including figures in her works. And while she still does landscapes, she’s found that in her heart, what she loves is portraits.

“I love everyone’s face,” said Dolan. “I don’t know anyone that I wouldn’t want to paint. I find it easy, because I love every face I see, and I always find something interesting. People shouldn’t be so self-conscious about the way they look, because I look and everyone I see is interesting and beautiful and handsome and strong.”

The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 7. Along with Dolan and the Pulidos, the six other artists whose work will be on display are Mona Adissa Brooks, Sue Callihan, David Dodge, Georgia Fletcher, Karin Wells, and Patricia Wright.

For more information about the exhibit, visit www.sharonarts.org.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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