West Overton's final Wednesday event to feature Connellsville artist
By Nancy Henry
Published: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, 2:01 a.m.
The final West Overton Village & Museums Wednesday event will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and feature artist Sheree Cockrell of Connellsville.
Versatile in her ability, Cockrell does most of her paintings in oil and acrylics. She has had a passion for painting and drawing since early childhood.
Cockrell has completed numerous fine arts courses and workshops, which have resulted in her ability to produce a vast range of paintings, including beautiful photo-realistic landscapes. Her works of art consist of many layers of paint, to achieve the best possible results and excellent longevity.
“I love to paint spontaneous, original, timeless paintings where the piece will be a pleasure to look at on the wall, day after day, and the owner will never get bored,” Cockrell said. “These paintings perfectly express my interest, feelings and emotions, yet still leave enough room for the viewer's imagination and interpretation. Let the paintings speak for themselves.”
Cockrell teaches painting locally. She also volunteered her services to paint nine murals which will be seen by everyone who tours the model train display and enjoys coffee at the new Connellsville Canteen that is expected to open this fall in downtown Connellsville.
Four of the murals are complete. She can be seen painting high on scaffolding there and works on completing the entire project as weather allows. She has taught classes at ArtWorks and is presently the artist at the office of Attorney Carmine Molinaro, where many of her works can be seen on display.
Among those works that will be on exhibit at West Overton is “Anticipation,” one of Cockrell's favorites.
“It is a woman standing under a gazebo and she is anticipating the arrival of someone,” Cockrell said. “I just finished ‘Spring Thaw' that has a waterfall scene and incorporates the lightest lights and the darkest darks. ‘Country Cottage' has a brook and a stone bridge.”
Cockrell is a member of Art 101 Gallery, The World Art Foundation, Pittsburgh Art Registry, and ArtWorks Connellsville, where many of her paintings have been displayed and sold.
The Wednesday at West Overton event is Cockrell's first solo exhibit.
“I am selling 19 paintings,” she said. “Some are displayed at Carmine's office. Many are my latest works. Also, I will be selling totes, shirts, prints and mugs that feature my art. Because this is my first solo exhibit, I am offering 50 percent off the original price of the paintings that will be displayed at West Overton.”
Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served, courtesy of Carson's Premier Catering. Live entertainment will be provided by Blues Passport. A $5 donation benefits West Overton Village & Museums, which is the birthplace of Henry Clay Frick. It is a pre-Civil War industrial village and a stop on the American Whiskey Trail. Tours are available Fridays through Sundays, noon-5 p.m. during the season or by appointment.
The West Overton Wednesdays series has featured an area artist each month this summer, including the Rev. Bob Lubic Photography in June, Dianne Pyda Ceramic Art in July and Ceane O'Hanlon Lincoln Gemstone Jewelry in August.
For more information, visit www.westovertonvillage.org.
Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.
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