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Artist Sharon Gerber to show at Art & Brew

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The Roseville Brewing Company is opening its doors to an event that benefits the Placer SPCA, hosts the exhibition and sale of art by 17 local, accomplished artists and brings it all together in an Art & Brew full day of sharing, partnership and fun.

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Visitors are welcome to attend, free of charge, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and try their specialty beers that will be available for purchase, visit the Placer SPCA pet mobile anticipated to be on site, enjoy the broad expanse of art available for viewing and purchase and add a little gourmet food to complete the experience. Artists like Sharon Gerber will be in the house ready to chat about their works and share the products of their amazing talents.

Amazing is an ideal description for the Sharon Gerber road to becoming an artist. Gerber had her first art show less than a year ago in August 2013 after only a few years of painting practice and classes. She has always been a creative soul with a history in music, dance, acting, needlepoint and knitting. But she never imagined nor planned on becoming a professional artist. The world had other plans for her when her skills in realism painting exploded with a fast track of success.

Starting with painting by numbers kits for two years, Gerber then graduated into “big girl’s” classes with instructors Gayle Rappaport-Weiland, David Lobenberg and Kathy Lemke-Waste as well as on-line classes. Her once undiscovered abilities blossomed into a smashing series of sales of 61 paintings in a period of eight months. Since then she has decided to pursue a professional artist’s path and see where that road takes her.

Before she became a painter, Sharon Gerber was more known for her work as an event planner with her company Six Degreez. Her experience in that field laid a foundation for applying the same “sense of whimsy she brought to her stage productions to create paintings with a broad appeal.” Her subjects are most frequently realistic depictions of flowers, food and drink items and animals. She was recently commissioned to create 14 paintings for Ettore’s bakery production facility with images of fruits, pastries, coffees and a large wedding cake.

Gerber’s chosen medium is primarily watercolor with a more opaque style with vivid colors .She “dabbles in acrylics” from time to time but feels most comfortable with watercolor. Her paintings have tended to be on the smaller scale (8x10) with recent progressions into larger works as her confidence develops along with her amazing progression of painting expertise.

One of the watercolorist's favorite works is her piece commissioned by the Sacramento Rotary in honor of the Centennial. Her “Sacramento Skyline” will be auctioned at their event in May 2014. Her very first painting sale was a piece donated to the Celebrity Artist auction in Feb. 2013 and she continues to designate a nonprofit for a portion of proceeds from all of her art shows. Some of her chosen nonprofits include Youth Development Network, City Year, Congregation Bnai Israel, San Juan Education Foundation, TLCS and Habitat for Humanity and through the upcoming Art & Brew event to Placer SPCA.

Sharon has her own special rescue pet at home. Cabo was adopted from the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sept. 2013 and he is an adorable bichon-maltese mix. Her fondness for animals has recently aligned with her new-found painting skills to create a demand for pet portraits. Her upcoming shows include two 2nd Saturday featured artist exhibits at 33rd Street Bistro on May 10th and The Old Sugar Mill on June 14th.

Gerber says she is looking forward to the Art & Brew event and trying some of The Roseville Brewing Company’s craft beers. Sharon and her husband both enjoy beer with “sushi, Mexican food, hotdogs, hamburgers, at ball games and on a hot summer’s day.” She hopes to meet many other fellow art and beer lovers with an anticipated crowd of attendees. The event takes place at 501 Derek Place in Roseville, CA and more information is available at the Art & Brew announcement article here. Other feature articles on Art & Brew artists can be found at the photographer Philip Venable piece here, scratchboard artist Ann Ranlett here, event curator and artist Gayle Rappaport-Weiland here, and artists Martin and McClelland here.

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