“Happy Today,” opens Saturday, May 14, 5 p.m., during Artwalk, and Sheryl will be available to greet shoppers and talk about her work. The show will include original paintings, hand-drawn greeting cards and additional painted objects. The exhibit will be open through June 8.
“We had such a great time last year hosting Ali V. here at the shop that we decided to choose another artist that would fit well with our cheerful shop,” said Strands of Sunshine owner Amy Marshall. “Sheryl L’s work is so cute, so sweet, and so fun, we knew we wanted to invite her to do a solo show with us.”
Local artist Calan Ree, who also is a Creative Clay teaching artist, has been working with Sheryl, guiding her through the process of building a body of work for the show. “The pieces we’ve seen so far are wonderful,” Marshall said. “The community is really going to respond to her body of work.”
For Marshall, hosting a Creative Clay artist in her shop is just one more way for her to increase her engagement with the community. “From the moment I discovered Creative Clay and learned about their mission to offer art opportunities to people with disabilities, I wanted to find a way to get involved. Hosting shows like this one at Strands of Sunshine is our way to support Creative Clay and their talented artists.”
Strands of Sunshine is at 663 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. www.strandsofsunshine.com. About Creative Clay: Creative Clay’s mission is to provide educational, expressive and vocational opportunities in the arts for people with obstacles to arts access. We serve people with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities, as well as people in healthcare settings, children, veterans, and provide outreach art experiences in our community.