Nancy Friedman, Co-Education Chairman
Sharon moved from Wisconsin after retiring from the restaurant business with her husband and working as a program assistant at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire. Originally thinking Marana was where they wanted to move, Robson Ranch became their choice when meeting “nice and friendly people” while staying in a rental at Robson for a month. The Creative Arts Center (CAC) was not involved in their choice at the time of their move, as Sharon “had no idea that there was a CAC.” Other than enjoying detailed painting on ceramic figures for many years, which were mostly holiday decorations for their restaurant, Sharon had no other experience in art mediums. After the move to Robson, Sharon decided to look into the Fine Arts Guild because she thought doing art would be enjoyable and wanted to get involved as much as she could to keep busy. At the CAC, “I met so many nice people. However, I did not know what form of art was for me until I tried colored pencil when suggested to me by a good friend who is a colored pencil artist. Since then, I have dabbled at other art forms and joined in on as many classes as I could at the Fine Arts Guild.” Sharon would now like to pursue watercolor as her next medium to master.
Sharon has also taken numerous classes at the Art Institute of the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum and has even offered to teach colored pencil classes. Unfortunately, her first class to teach in January was canceled when, out of respect for the safety of the Guild’s members, the studio was closed due to COVID-19.
“The CAC is a wonderful place to meet people, enjoy camaraderie, and do some art. Even those who say that they are not an artist should give it a try. I have witnessed many people who have had no art experience and done wonderful things. Everyone in the Fine Arts Guild is willing to help you with any art medium you would like to try. Please try a class and see if there is something you would enjoy. I sure have,” Sharon’s concluded.
I hope that by the time this article is printed in the Views, most of the Ranchers will have had their first vaccine shot and the board will be considering the reopening of the studio and starting up classes again.