Artwork by Sherrie Posternak


Artist in Focus

I grew up in New Jersey in a Jewish family where art was considered a good thing but you better not think of trying to make a career out of it. I remember making Christmas decorations with pinecones, glitter and ribbons that my friends and I sold to our neighbors— so that was a start!

Discouraged from taking art classes, I felt drawn first to psychology and then photography. My photographic sensibility was abstraction and pattern which permeate my work to this day.

My approach to the arts also coincides with my attraction to living “outside the box.” I remember a philosophy professor who would come to class barefooted in the winter, and once, showed up with his beard and mustache completely shaved on one side of his face but not the other. I was intrigued by his unorthodox behavior and reveled in the idea that we don’t always have to conform to social norms or constructs.

I have lived and traveled extensively throughout Mexico where I learned Spanish and fell in love with the people and every aspect of their rich culture. The artists, craftspeople, and community folks I met possessed a joyful authenticity that came straight from the heart.

At times it’s difficult for me to articulate my feelings or thoughts, but when I was introduced to the beeswax medium known as “encaustic,” my world opened up! The sensual elasticity of encaustic allows me to drift into another consciousness where I find true freedom of expression. I want my passion and joy to spill onto the piece for all to see.

Sherrie in Focus

Credentials

EDUCATION


Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude - Montclair State College, Upper Montclair, NJ

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

"The Cycle of Life and Death" Solo Exhibit - Funeraria Del Angel, Tucson, AZ, 2020

"Patterns and Textures" - Tucson International Airport, Tucson, AZ, 2018
"Black Tie Optional," Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2017
"Big Bad Wax," Mt. Dora Center for the Arts, Mount Dora, FL, 2014
"Evas" Collaborative Exhibit with Pedro Vazquez Nieto - Mesón de los Poetas, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2013

“The Relationship between Don Quixote and Sancho Panza" Solo Exhibit - Museo Iconográfico del Quixote, Guanajuato, Mexico 2013
"Hearts and Souls Towards the Heavens" Solo Exhibit - Ex-Convento San Dieguino, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2013
"A Memorial for El Tomate," Solo Installation - Mesón de Los Poetas, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2012

"Red" - Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 2012

 

RELATED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Instructor, Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Encaustic Workshops, Instructor, Tucson, AZ, 2010 to 2020
Instructor, Encaustic Workshops, International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, MA, 2012 to 2020
Juror, "Bees and Wax," Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ, 2018
Instructor, San Carlos, Sonora, and Guanajuato, Mexico, 2009- 2013

 

AWARDS, GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES

Honorable Mention Award - Grosse Pointe Art Center (2009)

Special Recognition Award - Upstream People Gallery (2008)

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Newton, Cheri. “Cheery and Cherry.” Tucson Lifestyle Home and Garden, November 2018, pp. 26-29.

Robertson, Linda. Embracing Encaustic. E-book, 2016.
Taylor, Diane C. “Sherrie Posternak, Colorful in Wax.” Sonoran Arts Network, Spring/Summer 2014.
Nash, Catherine. Authentic Visual Voices: Contemporary Paper and Encaustic. E-book, 2014.

Posternak, Sherrie. A Memorial for El Tomate. Printed by the author, 2010.

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