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Artist Sharon Parker


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Sharon Parker has been working professionally as an artist and art teacher since 1988.   Her education at William and Mary in Studio Fine Art and Education, along with workshops by artists Arne Westermann, Lori Putnam, Mary Todd Beam, Jan Ledbetter, Gloria Coker, Ken Wright, and Robin Poteet have been a valuable foundation for her art career.  Her teaching career at Williamsburg Christian Academy included beloved students from preschool through high school, and she instituted their first Advanced Placement Studio Art Program. 
 
Nine years ago, with nine other women artists, Sharon had the privilege of starting a new gallery, New Town Art Gallery, and of devoting more time to creating her artwork in watercolor, mixed media, and more recently jewelry-making.  New Town Art Gallery is now closed, and a new chapter in Sharon's art journey has begun.  Her work can be seen at various venues in Williamsburg, as well as in regional shows and exhibits in Hampton Roads, Richmond, Virginia, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.   Sharon has taught adults and youth in private art lessons for many years.   She taught adults, teens, and children for 15 years at the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center (formerly This Century Art Gallery), and ran an Open Studio there for figure drawing with Shirley Roby, for many years.    Sharon and fellow artists/friends often meet to paint plein air. Completed in July of 2016, she and eight other life- and love-affirming women artists completed the Nine Women Nine Months Project, which was on display at Sentara Regional Medical Center in Williamsburg and traveled to other venues.  Currently Sharon is part of a similar project by nine women called the Sisterhood of the Traveling Canvases.  She is a member of the Morning Art Group, a working group of professional artists, begun by Barclay Sheaks and now continued by Ann Murphy Armstrong.  
 
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