Artist captures emotion with graphite

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Butterfield Garage Art Gallery will exhibit the emotional work of Sherrie Pettigrew through September. The exhibit will open during First Friday Art Walk today.

Pettigrew lives in Gainesville Florida, where she obtained a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Florida.

She has spent 30 years establishing herself in the art community showing in street venues in the ’80s and ’90s and more recently, The Thomas Center, Hippodrome State Theater and the DORIS Art Center. She recently retired from teaching art in the public school system and looks forward to creating art full-time.

Pettigrew says her work is influenced by Chuck Close, Joan Miro and Cy Twombly.

“My mind spins with visual history I find overwhelming,” she says. “I come from honesty in my approach, making work that isn’t always pretty. These pieces are about emotion, often without cognitive consideration; recording my own hypersensitive view. I often leave the room laughing after spending hours with a piece that seems to me way too serious after being haunted by it for ages, then releasing it into a more concrete statement. Images come to me in the shower, theater, market and street brought on by emotions complete with smells, sounds and visions seldom shared until they are actualized.”

Pettigrew describes her work as a visual diary.

“It is as if I have explained something of myself to myself.”

Graphite pencil and graphite powder are her primary media, with paint or chalk pastel sometimes added later in the process.

For information, call 825-4577.