Pastel and Oil / Landscape and Still Life
Sherry loves to paint directly from life, and although she experiments in other media, her mainstays are oil and pastel. Sherry joined Gallery 31 Fine Art back when it was located at 31 Main Street and led it to the new, modern location across the street on Main Street Square in 2011. Seven years ago, Sherry assumed sole ownership of Gallery 31 Fine Art, now celebrating its twentieth season.
Sherry directs the gallery and chooses the artists, displays the art, creates the marketing and advertising, engages with visitors, and manages gallery operations. "The sky is the limit. Gallery 31 is a treasure — the art collector's jewel. I welcome new ideas and am open to new possibilities."
Sherry enjoyed an exciting and successful career in senior management at the University of Massachusetts for thirty years, and after taking early retirement, turned to art full-time in 2002. She stepped down in November 2014 after serving several years as President of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod and seven years on its Board, a non-profit organization with 250 members worldwide.
Sherry is honored to have studied with many of the artists she represents at Gallery 31 today, including Richard McKinley, Deb Quinn-Munson, Tony Allain, and Jeanne Rosier Smith. To Sherry, it's all about the art, exploring and growing, and building trusting relationships with the artists and the collectors. As a painter, it's about developing the concept and enjoying the process, the getting there. "Life happens while you're 'doing other things,' so you have to savor each moment and go for the gold. Communicating through the visual speaks volumes."
Always the educator, Sherry enjoys teaching and mentoring students, particularly in a one-on-one or small group painting experience. Gallery visitors benefit from Sherry's knowledge and experience as an artist; she shares some of the principles and processes artists use in creating the beautiful works at the gallery.
Other mentors who left their creative mark on Sherry along her path include landscape oil painters Don Demers and Joe Pacquet and pastelists Susan Ogilvie, Bill Hosner, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Marla Baggetta, Robert Carsten and Margaret Dyer, and still life artist in oil Daniel J. Keys, who studied with Richard Schmid, and Katherine Ann Hartley, a protegée of David Leffel.
Sherry holds college degrees from Lasell College and the University of Massachusetts, and continued her graduate study at Boston University. Education has been a part of her life always, and she continues to take workshops and to teach in order to explore new ideas and keep fresh.