Sharon Christian, Artist

Artist

Acclaim

 

Sharon Christian (Sharon Holmes) gained critical acclaim through out her career.

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Newsclippings

Newsclipping, Feb 10 1980, Prairie artists display images, by Brooks Joyner, Calgary Herald Sunday Tab, page TO10

including large illustration of ‘Prairie Sundering’, see Invitation to The Nickle Arts Museum at the University of Calgary show below

Newsclipping, 1981, Maureen McTeer (later the wife of Canadian Prime Minister) selects artists for new venture, of which Sharon was one

The first show was at National Arts Centre, Ottawa (Yet unable to determine newsclipping source, author Zena Cherry wrote for the Globe and Mail)

Newsclipping, 1982, Show Offers Rare Glimpse of Corporate Art Collection, by Patrick Tivy, Calgary Herald

Newsclipping, Sept. 6 1989, Abstract - Realist, Local Artist Creates Own Style, by Evelyn Jacob, North Shore News, page 17, 19 and 21

Sharon was in the Humberston Edwards Gallery in West Vancouver and had a show of her Video Arcade Series

including illustration 'Good Guys, Bad Guys’ 14"x18", Mixed Media

Newspaper clipping, Oct 31 2007, Walk Don't Walk, North Shore News, North and West Vancouver, page 17

including illustration "Walk Don't Walk"

Newsclipping, April 23 2010, The World Garden, North Shore News, North and West Vancouver, page A30

Newsclipping, April 4 2013, "West Van Crows" North Shore Outlook, North and West Vancouver, by Michaela Garstin, online - no page reference

 

Magazine Articles

 

Magazine Article, 1981, New Canadian Artists, A Preview of the Future, by Carol Fleming, Arts West Magazine, page 25, 26, and 28

Painting in article "Young Canadian 1981" watercolour 22' x 30"

 

Magazine Article, Back to the Farm, by Lori Cohen, Alberta Report, Feb. 15, 1982, page 54

including illustration of 'Summer Haze'

 

Magazine article, July/August 1983, Paintings of Chinatown included in Landmark's Chinatown story, Edmonton

Sharon and her Chinatown Series were featured in Landmark Magazine, paintings were shown in the Masters Gallery, Calgary

Note reference on magazine cover to article on page 2, "CHINATOWN a new beginning"

Painting in article "On the Corner of Centre Street Bridge" watercolour 22' x 30"

Painting in article "On the Corner of Centre Street Bridge" watercolour 22' x 30"

 

 

Awards

In 1980, Sharon was elected to the The Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, and was in numerous shows

Correspondence, May 7th 1980, letter of election, from Julius Griffith, President CSPWC

Certificate, 1980, elected member of The Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.

 

Correspondence, Jan 3rd, 1991, Alberta Art Foundation art purchase, from W.T. Ng Executive Director

Sharon has had a number or pieces selected by the Alberta Art Foundation: "Summer Haze" 1976, "A Time of Festivity" 1982, and "Hitching Up Barney and Big Boy" 1991

See magazine article above, Back to the Farm, above

selected painting pasted in corner of letter

 

Correspondence, January 18 1983, notice of award letter, from Crown Life, from Gordon Dowsley, Financial Planning Officer

Selected work inserted in corner of letter

 

Sharon was selected twice to have her artwork be the Avon Canada national Christmas card

Card, 1988, Avon Canada Christmas card, Pointe Claire, Quebec

Card, 1997, Avon Canada Christmas card, Pointe Claire, Quebec

 

 

Selected Invitations

Invitation, May 5 to 23 1982, Show and Sale, Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, O’Keefe Centre, Toronto

Invitation, Jan 19 to Feb 6 1983, Exposition, Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, Verdun, Quebec

Notation of Congratulations on invitation from Janet Mitchell, CSPWC Life Member

Invitation, Mar 3 toApr 10 1983, National Open Juried Show, Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Ontario

Invitation, Nov 4 to 24 1985, Show and Sale, Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, O’Keefe Centre, Toronto

Poster, Sept 20 1992, Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour Workshop – Calgary

 

In 1980 Sharon was selected to have a show at the The Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary which was reviewed in the Calgary Herald

Invitation, 12 February - 2 March 1980, Sharon Holmes Exhibition, The Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary

see newsclipping above

 

Invitation, Sept 26 to Oct 11 1983, "Bolder Boulder", Horizon Art Gallery, Edmonton

 

Sharon had a piece selected for the Alberta Society of Artists show that toured Korea, Chibashi, Sapporo, and Japan

Invitation, Oct 20 to Nov 18, 1984, Alberta Society of Artists, Korea, Chibashi, Sapporo, Japan

Invitation, ASA Show page highlighting Sharon's selected painting "Green Curtains Hang over Grey Ivy", watercolour and embossing

 

Invitation, June 3 and 4 1981, “Canadian Perspectives Canadiennes”, National Arts Centre, Ottawa

see newsclipping above

 

Sharon was selected to be part of a show "Calgary Corporations Collect Realism" which was reviewed in the Calgary Herald (see newsclipping above)

Invitation, June 22 1982, Calgary Corporations Collect Realism, Muttart Art Gallery, Calgary

(selected painting pasted in to invitation)

Invitation, Painting in show, "Corner of Third and Centre", Collection of PanCanadian Petroleums

 

Sharon was represented in the Masters Gallery in Calgary

Invitation, October 30 and 31 1982, Exhibition and Sale, Masters Gallery, Calgary

Newsclipping, 1982, Exhibition and Sale by Gallery Artists, Masters Gallery, Calgary

 

Sharon was also represented in Gold Design Fine Arts (now the Wallace Galleries) in Calgary

Invitation, Nov 20  to Dec 4 1986, "Power and Grace", Gold Design Fine Arts, Calgary

 

Sharon had three shows at the Leighton Centre in Calgary, one in 1982, and a solo show in 1984, and another one in 1997

Invitation, Oct 3 and 4 1982, Leighton Art Centre, Alberta

Invitation, Sept 7 and 8 1984, "The Long Ride, A Draft Horse Series", Leighton Art Centre, Alberta

Invitation, June 22 to July 11 1997, Leighton Art Centre, Alberta

Sharon's show consisted of 6 different series in each showing area: Monuments and Pedestals - Living Room; A Visit to the Museum of Anthropology - Hallway; Tribute Series - Studio; Queen of Scrap - Gift and Gallery Area; The Best Dressed Cow Contest - Upstairs; Stray Notes - Atrium Green Room

 

Sharon had numerous shows at the Ferry Building Gallery in West Vancouver:

"Stanley Park" and "Bird Sanctuary" 1990, "Rock Poets and Prophets" 1992, "The Queen of Scrap" 1996, “Walk Don’t Walk” 2007

Invitation, Oct 16 to Nov 4 2007, Walk Don't Walk, Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

See newsclipping above

 

1992, September 29 - October 4, Sharon Christian. "Rock Poets and Prophets." Ferry Building Art Gallery, West Vancouver

FERRY BUILDING GALLERY SCHEDULE OF EXHIBITIONS

Paintings of singers, songwriters, musicians-contemplative parallels between music, art, and life.

This show was highlighted on a half hour show on MuchMusic West, MTV which was shown nationally in Canada twice, and the series also had shows in Calgary and Medicine Hat, Alberta

 

Invitation, 1993, "A Visit to the Museum of Anthropology", "Monuments and Pedestals", and "Stanley Park", Terminal City Club, Vancouver

 

Invitation, 2000, "Folk, Humour and Whimsy", The Collector’s Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

 

Sharon put together a group show called The World Garden, shown at the CityScape Community Art Space, North Vancouver

Invitation, April 16 to May 8 2010, The World Garden, CityScape Community Art Space, North Vancouver

see newsclipping above

 

Sharon had a show of her crow series in West Vancouver at the Silk Purse Gallery

Invitation, April 23 to May 12 2013, "West Van Crows", Silk Purse Gallery, West Vancouver

See newsclipping above

Preview Magazine, April/May 2013, page 58 and 59

Apr 23-May 12 Sharon Christian, “West Van Crows”, paintings – whimsical portraits of local bird life

 

Sharon participated in her final show which opened days after her death

Invitation, July 10 to Sept 5 2015, "Animal Farm", CityScape Community Art Space, North Vancouver

 

Other links of note:

The Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN)