Sheryl ScharfI have always loved drawing & computers - my latest work involves both: I create digital paintings in PhotoShop. I have always worked in pen and ink, love going on “scavenger hunts” to find interesting things to photograph, and adore color.
I began drawing as early as I can remember and became fascinated with my grandfather’s 35mm camera when I was 12. It was predicted while I was in college that I would be working by light of a computer monitor in some kind of medieval turret. (It’s actually true except for the turret part.) I began stretching out of my artistic comfort zone when helping paint sets at Hayswood Theatre – and that was quite an education. I have also had the opportunity to work in chalk on a 4’ x 5’ chalkboard at the Artisan Center. I really have enjoyed working on larger “canvases” in comparison to my smaller workers in pen and ink.
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts, concentration in photography, from Indiana University, Bloomington, & 26 hours of art education courses which include 16 weeks of student teaching.
I have had the privilege to be a Visiting Artist at Lanesville Schools, working with art teacher David Henke, Spring 2014. I worked with kindergarten, first and second grades, and the high school painting and drawing class teaching shape and color analysis through a cut construction paper project. I returned Fall 2015 & Spring 2016, teaching color gradation & analysis through painting, and gradation study of light and dark through pencil drawings. Through the Harrison County Arts! After School Arts Program (asAP!), I taught 2 six week classes working with students grade 8-12: Drawing Study of Light & Value and Introduction to Photography.
My first painting project was the Harrison County Bison for the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration. The bison is an 8’ x 5’ x 3’ fiberglass and gel coated sculpture whose design was to highlight what makes Harrison County special. I choose to paint the left side “sepia” focusing on the 1816 period as Indiana was becoming a state. It includes the Constitution Elm, delegates and Courthouse on the Hill, the Pastoral Elegy, the Indiana State Flag, the First State Capitol Building and portraits of Jonathan Jennings, Polly Strong, Dennis Pennington, Elizabeth Pennington and William Henry Harrison. The ride side reflects the present and is illustrated in full color. Included are the Capitol at Light Up Corydon, the 4th of July Fireworks, the Harrison County Fair, the Lanesville Heritage Festival, caves, our agricultural history (indicated by corn, popcorn, grapes and a tractor), the Battle of Corydon and our 4 county libraries.
I joined Hayswood Theatre's board in Jan 2013. I design our posters, programs, advertising and oversee set painting and managed to survive my first on stage role in The Rented Christmas.
I am the Program Assistant for Leadership Harrison County. I went through the program in its 4th year (1998-1999) & began working with the program the following year. LHC provides experiential learning & skills building that participants can use at work and as volunteers within our community. "Good leaders must first become good servants." - Robert Greenleaf. It is my belief that a strong community comes from the participation of each individual, putting self aside.
I work part time at the Harrison Co. Convention & Visitor Center (2004) as a Travel Counselor. I enjoy working with the public & meeting and talking with new people.
I was a founding member of the non-profit Harrison County Arts!, serving as Secretary 2004 - 2013. Through the support of the community HCA! established the Artisan Center, Sept 2011, in Corydon, IN. For 2 years I managed the AC, designed posters, ads, programs & wrote press releases, documented & photographed exhibits, artwork on display & events.