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Local Women in the Arts
Panel composed of members and the local Arts community: Tricia Grame, Sharon Cohune, Sawsan Wolski.
Let your imaginations fly!
Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW hosted an evening with Local Women in the Arts Monday, December 6, from 6:30-8:30 on ZOOM, where three local artists, Sawsan Wolski, Sharon Cohune and Tricia Grame, shared their stories, their dreams and their work in the visual arts. Following the panel and discussion, several members to showed off their own work in 3-minute ‘speed showings’
Plan to click here to see the video of this inspiring session.
Sharon Cohune, Artist, Danville
After retiring from a successful twenty-year ownership of Commercial Interiorscapes, Sharon picked up an artist’s brush for the first time in 2004 during a break at a silent retreat. Through that experience, which was “like a door opening into another world”, she was hooked on creating art. A person at the retreat told her of art classes just beginning for the spring semester at Diablo Valley College, so she enrolled in her first-ever art class. The joy of mixing color and creating a piece of art was a gift to her soul. She has continued to take many art classes through the local educational system, Scottsdale School of Art, and many workshops with nationally recognized artists including Kathleen Dunphy, Elizabeth Tolley, Brian Blood, Randall Sexton and Don Demers.
What she really enjoys about choosing to begin a painting “en plein air” is that it gives the ability to travel and experience different areas, that one would not normally journey to for a day or weekend’s outing. “I love going out to the ocean, even if the weather isn’t the best, as it gives a ‘mood’ to the painting that you wouldn’t achieve in a studio painting”, she comments. Mountains, vineyards, seascapes are venues in which she excels. “Living in Contra Costa County is ideal, as it is just an hour’s drive or less to so many beautiful locations”. She is always trying new and different approaches to her painting to keep it fresh and have an eye for something unusual to bring to her work.
Sharon continues to bring vibrancy to her work through her art connections and friends, membership in the Alamo Danville Art Society and Pleasanton Art League, and meeting other artists. “The world of art is so exciting to me. People in this field are so giving and responsive; it’s a wonderful chosen field of endeavor because of the people who are a part of it!”
Tricia Grame, Artist, Danville
Sawsan Wolski, Artist & Gallery Owner, Dublin
Sawsan Wolski is a Tri Valley Artist, and also finds solutions as a member of the Alameda County Arts Commission. She is the owner of The Frame Shop and Art Gallery on Village Parkway in Dublin, CA. She conceived of and co-founded the Dublin Arts Collective, and will discuss on Dec. 6 her current project- the development of the new Dublin Arts Center.