Sunday, June 22, 2008
"The Sisterhood of the Traveling Paints"
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Paints Artist Reception Friday, August 1 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado, Arkansas will be featuring Sandy Bennett and Sharon Saunders:
Sharon Saunders and Sandy Bennett were born six years apart to the Giese family in Houston, Texas. After the family was transferred to Arkansas in the early 60’s, Sandy remained there while Sharon returned to Texas. They were always close and enjoyed each others company, but the years spent raising families, working, and living hundreds of miles apart takes its toll on that bond. It wasn’t until a few years ago, when Sandy retired from teaching, that they “rediscovered” each other. They packed their painting gear and went out to the Hill Country of Texas to spend the first of many idyllic weeks. Hiking through the woods carting their supplies, enduring the stifling heat and swarms of ‘no-see-ums’, racing each other to get the best spot, and giggling the whole time like the two young girls they once had been, brought a renewed closeness. They joined a plein air group together and have been on several painting expeditions, the latest being Big Bend National Park. This collection of paintings was done in various locales, sometimes together, sometimes apart, but always shared now through their love of nature and art and each other.