Sharon Sayegh’s luminous oil paintings, with either 24K gold leaf or Swarovski crystal, will be featured at The Ebba Osborne Memorial Award Exhibition at The Art Alliance in June. Sayegh’s narrative portraits show us that humans “are inextricably linked to the natural world”. They are highly detailed and rich with nature. The central figure is “pensive”, while the animals surrounding most often are metaphors or symbols.
Sayegh’s style is influenced by many art movements, including a favorite, Primitive, but also Medieval, Surrealism, Pop, and other periods. She describes her work as self portraits “in spirit”, the inspiration coming from her own “personal experience and living in today's political climate”. “Each painting expresses an idea of importance” to her.
NJ native, and long-time resident, Sayegh earned her B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania in
Philadelphia. She later studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art (its earlier name), also in
Philadelphia. Sayegh sites mentor Neil Welliver, and teachers Dorothy Yung, and Marcel Franquelin, as having significant impact on her artistic development.
Sayegh shows her work nationally and is an award winning artist, including The Hunterdon Art Museum Prize. Her work is in The Permanent Art Collection, South Texas College, McAllen, TX. It has also appeared in several publications, the most recent will be in the Minetta Review, Spring 2017, the literary and art magazine of New York University.
Inside the gallery, the Art Alliance will present recent works juried by Sayegh, under two different
themes, Symbols and Backyard. This exhibition is open to members and non-members and is the final exhibition for the season.
The show opens on Saturday, June 3, with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend. The exhibition continues through June 26, and can be viewed during gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
For more information, visit the website at www.artallianceofmonmouth.org, or visit or call the gallery during operating hours, (732) 842-9403.
Founded in 1978, the Art Alliance of Monmouth County is dedicated to promoting the advancement of the visual arts and providing exhibition, studio, and classroom space to local artists. New members are always welcome and membership by art lovers is also encouraged.
Membership in the Art Alliance is open to visual artists at any skill level and to art lovers. Membership fee is $40 per year, $25 for students with i.d. Benefits of membership include reduced entry fee for all exhibits ($5 per piece for up to 3 pieces for members; $10 per piece for non-members); affordable studio space; diverse classes and workshops; networking opportunities; the possibility of mounting an independent exhibit during the summer. In addition, the Art Alliance maintains a website, a bi-monthly newsletter, and a Facebook page.
Programming at the Art Alliance is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the arts.