Current Show

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Caught in Time: Calligraphic Abstractions
Gallery III

February 17 – March 26, 2017
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday and Sunday 1– 4 pm
282 S High Street, Sebastopol, CA

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Universal Storm

Among all the political art springing up currently, Sherrie Lovler has created a truly outstanding exhibit in Gallery III at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. On display through March 26th, Sherrie leads the viewer/reader through both art and poetry, weaving in and out of the political and spiritual realms.

From her opening piece, Lost at Sea, inspired by the refugees who lost their lives crossing the Mediterranean, through Winter’s Silence, Sherrie takes you on a journey that is deep, beautiful and innovative.

This show, Caught in Time: Calligraphic Abstractions, is Sherrie’s reaction to the state of the country. She says, “We are caught in the time in which we live. There are events that affect us. There are responses that relate specifically to our time, yet life is shaped by its history and every time has its challenges. How we choose to live in these times is up to us.”


painting Caught in Time

Caught in Time

The painting Caught in Time is a six foot long black and white flow of lines and circles on paper. Sherrie’s poem, which inspired the painting, is about her friend’s mother, a holocaust survivor, who recently died. Sherrie writes:

…And as she passed away
with her children, grandchildren,
great grandchildren by her side
she knew she had won,
and she thanked God
for the living
who carry forth the message
to never forget.

The centerpiece of the show is a five-foot square paper weaving called Unraveling. It has Sherrie’s signature calligraphic marks on strips of paper, tightly woven on the right side and bottom, gradually loosening up and becoming smaller and with more space between the strips on the left side and top. Is this the unraveling of our country, or unraveling into timelessness and spaciousness?


Embracing Eternity

Embracing Eternity

Embracing Eternity is an ethereal circle floating in space. Lovler’s delicateness and sense of beauty comes through here. It matches perfectly with her poem:

Embracing eternity,
I take the path
into the unknown
with deep secrets
and vanishing horizons,
the feeling
of never arriving
because there is no place
where eternity lives.

It is a depth
that can never be reached
a longing
that is never filled
an entwining
that can never be close enough.

It is the endless journey
of life creating itself.

Other works include Universal Storm, “ we fall into darkness / both by season and nation,” Into the Light, “ lead you out of darkness / out of this broken world,” and Love and Hope, where “...we can join again / fuller for the lifting of the veil / and richer for life’s embrace.”

Sherrie Lovler’s art background is in western calligraphy. She explains, “Over the years there has been a natural progression of going beyond actual lettering and enjoying the movement and gestures of the letterform. In doing so, my work has taken on a more Asian feel as I explore the 
freedom of working with a brush and painting larger. The calligraphic line is where I begin, where my heart and my hand lead me, using the ink of the scribe, and so I call these paintings calligraphic abstractions.” Sherrie is well known in national and international calligraphy circles, has been widely published, and will be offering two calligraphic painting workshops this summer at the International Calligraphy Conference in Utah.

She is the author and illustrator of the award-winning book On Softer Ground: Paintings, Poems and Calligraphy.

Sherrie will be presenting her work in a poetry reading/art and slide talk on Tuesday, March 14th, 7-8:30 at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Piano accompaniment by Jerry Green. $10 suggested donation.

Poetry Readings

On Softer Ground
Poetry Reading and Art Talk

March 14th, 7-8:30pm
Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Sherrie Lovler will read poems from her concurrent solo painting exhibit at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Caught
in Time: Calligraphic Abstractions
, and from her book, On Softer Ground: Paintings, Poems and Calligraphy. Many of Sherrie’s paintings are inspired by her poetry and she will talk about that process and show slides of her artwork. Piano accompaniment by Jerry Green.
Suggested donation $10.