Library Gallery Features Three-Woman Show

Gloria Sharp’s Sky and the Mesa. Courtesy/MPL

Mary Miller’s work titled, Canale. Courtesy/MPL

Karen Trythall’s Habitats in Folds and Shadows. Courtesy/MPL


The newest exhibit at Mesa Public Library is a three-woman show titled “Three Unique Talents.”

The show kicked off with a reception Saturday and will continue to run through Sept. 28 in the library’s upstairs gallery. The artists participating in the show are Gloria Sharp, Mary Miller and Karen Trythall.

Sharp does work with batik. She explained in an artist statement, “It is a pleasure to explain my lifelong love affair with batik. Ukrainian Easter eggs were my early inspiration. Surrounded by the richly colored and beautifully crafted eggs that were a vivid part of my ethnic heritage, I was eager to apply the hot wax and bright dyes to fabric. I wanted to work on large images and chose to use natural linen and cotton fabric because they work happily with the dyes.”

Sharp added, “I applied the wax resist and dyes in gradual stages, back and forth, beginning with light colors and ending with the darks. The results were magical and I was forever addicted to this delightful unpredictable medium! These days, I use wonderful fiber reactive dyes and safe, water soluble resists. As I work,I am able to enjoy the interplay of areas I have masked off with the loose, painterly application of the dye solutions. It is a lot like dancing!”

In her statement, Miller said, “I take particular delight in the light, shadows, texture and color that is northern New Mexico. This recipe is what makes up my work. Although I love the wide open Northern New Mexico landscapes, often painting them, I particularly enjoy adobe buildings and their organic feel and I love the shadow-play on their walls and their canvas like quality.  I don’t immediately start my paintings without some forethought, but often have to percolate new ideas for days or even months. I photograph anything that appeals to me and study the end result to decide if I would like to do paintings from them. Then I often start working on my ideas with the photos as a jumping off point.”

Trythall focuses on plein air and the studio process. She said, “I paint the colors of landscapes in composition constructs at striking moments. Pulling out hues from grasses, hills, mountains, mesas, clouds and deep atmospheric space simply excites me. My paintings often begin on site and resolve in the studio where I can nuance and balance color combinations as well as composition flow. Plein air work charges my connection to place but studio light and air allow for brush work free of gnats, weather, and blinding light. I love the process of painting.”