Steuben library announces March artist

Textiles like this one by artist Sharon Barnes will be on display at the H.D.Moore Library in Steuben throughout the month of March. Photo by Jeanne Benedict

Steuben library announces March artist

Sharon Barnes will be the March featured artist at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. The show will be available for viewing during library hours and there will be an artist reception 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 5.

Barnes was raised on a small family farm in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in New York state. Both sets of grandparents lived close by. They had lived through the Great Depression and they, along with her parents, taught her to never throw something away if it could be used, reused or repurposed. Being many miles from stores solidified the idea long before modern recycling was instituted.

Barnes’ mother and grandmothers made their own clothes as enjoyed handwork of all kinds. She learned knitting, crocheting, embroidery, tatting and other skills from these ladies. She also learned at a young age to appreciate fibers and fabric. She will tell you she cannot paint a picture, but she could stitch one for you.

Barnes holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics. When her children were young, she had a clothing alterations business and made custom draperies as a way to supplement the family income and remain home for their girls.

She says she is now in the rug-making period of her art. Barnes enjoys using old skills to create new projects. Many of her works are made from repurposed materials or unusual materials used in a new way. She continues to learn and explore other ways to use fibers to create. Her pieces become new family heirlooms as well as being used to beautify her home or provide comfort.

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