Artists come together to display their work at South Windsor library

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
South Windsor - posted Wed., Aug. 14, 2013
Sharon Malanczuk stands next to her painting of her daughter-in-law. This is her first portrait. Malanczuk is a student of Maaida Sheriff. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
Sharon Malanczuk stands next to her painting of her daughter-in-law. This is her first portrait. Malanczuk is a student of Maaida Sheriff. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

Five artists have pooled their works of art for a diverse show at the South Windsor Public Library. All present and past students of Maaida Sheriff, a local artist, these art-lovers are displaying their works done in oil, watercolor and pencil until Aug. 30.

The "Paintings from Maaida's Art Studio" show came together through Sheriff’s encouragement.

“She thought we were capable of doing a show,” said Sharon Malanczuk, one of Sheriff’s students. Malanczuk, who is from Stafford Springs, now has the freedom to create full-time, as she is recently retired from Mass Mutual. When the show was proposed, she had to scramble to pull some pieces together, because she loves to give away her work. “I’d given most of mine away,” she said.

Sheriff teaches students in her home studio in South Windsor. “They have come a long way and they deserve this exposure. This show was to motivate them, as well as let people enjoy their work,” said Sheriff.

Sheriff’s teaching style is a little bit out of the ordinary. She believes in giving her students a lot of freedom and choice. “The whole thing about my teaching is that I like people to find out what they like, what topic, what style,” she said. “I let them paint and work on their own and choose their own topics; whatever they are naturally inclined towards.”

Malanczuk discovered that trying different techniques led her to paint something she had never considered before: a portrait. On display at the library is her first-ever portrait. This vintage-style oil painting of her daughter-in-law shows her posed like Rosie the Riveter. “It’s a surprise,” said Malanczuk. “It’s spot on; it’s her,” she said with a smile.

Sheriff encourages her students to paint using different techniques as well. “It’s not a regular class where everyone is making the same thing,” she said. “Everything is doing something different. That’s why you see the variety.”

The artwork of Maaida Sheriff, Sharon Malanczuk, Kristina Ivalis, Gwen Batura, Lillie Gottier and Christina Udas will be on display until Aug. 30 at the South Windsor Public Library, at 1550 Sullivan Ave.


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