Pouring Madness Exhibit: The Acrylic Art of Sharon Giles (and Linda Wood Shotwell)

Irving Art Association (IAA) is the sponsor of our exhibit at the West Irving Library May 27 – July 1, 2018.

Linda and I are “pouring buddies” and together we host “Acrylic Night” on the first Friday of each month at IAA’s gallery in Irving. This exhibit is results of our exploration of acrylic pouring (also called fluid painting.) Acrylic pouring is a fascinating process developed recently that creates unpredictable compositions. Pouring refers to paint application using fluid paints poured directly on the canvas or paper instead of using a brush or pen. The paints (usually acrylic) are diluted with a medium to a more fluid consistency and the poured paint is manipulated to create cells and other patterns. Brochure for the exhibit: IAA2018PouringMadnessExhibitBrochure

Linda is the former President and Exhibit Chair for IAA. She considers herself fortunate to have been raised in Iowa, to have worked in England, Ireland and The Netherlands, and to now live in Texas. She attributes her love of organic textures and bright color to her experiences in each of those locales. She concentrates her work in art on drawing, watercolor, acrylic pouring and acrylic printmaking. Her website: www.indalayart.com

Here’s some of her work:

Shotwell “Neon Jazz”

Shotwell “Hoot Eye”

Exhibit Location:

West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle, Irving TX 75062 (near Esters & Rochelle.) Library hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; noon to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Here’s a couple of my pieces in the exhibit:

Giles “Golden Tide”

Giles “Primordial Storm”

About sharongilesart

A former medical librarian and online researcher, I have always been interested in art. There's two major parts to my life: the artistic side and the techie side. ​ My artistic training includes basic courses in college and local classes with with prominent artists: Cecy Turner, Naomi Brotherton, Maureen Brouillette, etc, Plus numerous workshops with local and nationally-known artists. ​ My art interests include water media, collage, mixed media, marbling and printmaking (usually with a gelli plate.) I've also experimented with oils, encaustics, and pastels. I've taught classes and workshops in my major interests. ​ I've been awarded Signature Status from the Society of Watercolor Artists, Southwestern Watercolor Society, and the Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition. My artwork has also won numerous awards in local competitions. ​ My artwork has been on exhibit in such venues as the Trinity Arts Guild Gallery, Fort Worth Central Library, UNT Health Science Center Atrium Gallery, Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Center Gallery, Irving Arts Center, the Eisemann Center Gallery, and many others. ​ As a librarian, I was fortunate to be immersed in information technology from the beginning of the digital age. I worked primarily as a database searcher for libraries in the University of Texas System: Southwestern Medical Center and UT Arlington. When the internet age dawned, I taught basic HTML to help people create web pages.Then over time, I replaced coding wth more sophisticated front ends for programming (like Wordpress). ​ I'm currently the webmaster (along with Nancy Friedel) for ArtNewsDFW.com, a visual arts resource for the North Texas area. The website is devoted to news of art events hosted by nonprofit visual art groups in the North Texas area plus news about local artists. Find out about exhibits, meetings, art instruction, art festivals, and opportunities for artists. You can also subscribe to daily or weekly email newsletters for free. We also have a Facebook page, a Facebook group and a Twitter feed (@artnewsdfw). I am the longtime webmaster for the Irving Art Association. I have also provided web support for the Society of Watercolor Artists in Fort Worth, the Southwestern Watercolor Society in Dallas and Texas Visual Art Association (TVAA) in Dallas.
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