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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sherrill Cooper is the featured artist at Off Track Art for May and June 2014

 Sherrill Cooper is the featured artist at Off Track Art for May and June 2014

Off Track Art, an artists’ cooperative in downtown Westminster, will host an opening reception for Sherrill Cooper on Friday, May 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Ms. Cooper is the featured artist at Off Track Art for May and June 2014.

Sherrill has an extensive body of work that reflect her love of the figure.

"I love people watching,” says Ms. Cooper. “The way they sit, stand, their overall posture and attitude fascinates me. I am drawn to the figure absorbed in contemplation—capturing their inner sense of isolation. I seek to communicate their emotions at that particular time. I want the viewer to feel what the subject is feeling…
According to her artist’s statement and brief biographical sketch, “Sherrill Cooper's studio feels like a tree house. It overlooks a lush, dense oak forest in Finksburg, MD.

In this setting Sherrill has found a way to merge her two passions: illustration and painting in oil.

She has enjoyed a successful 30 year career as an illustrator.  Now that she has raised two children, she finds more time to paint. 

Illustration has taught her composition, color, creativity, expression, and most of all draftsmanship.

These disciplines serve her well when she applies paint to canvas.  She seeks to distill all of her experiences in to each painting with fresh concepts, strong design sensibilities, emotional brushstrokes, and rich and textural color. 

The figure interests Sherrill most.  Particularly those moments of contemplation when people are caught-up in their thoughts and emotions.

Attitude, body language and posture are what she seeks to communicate with the viewer.

Choosing the correct value is essential.  Putting it down only once, with the appropriate brush and stroke. These are choices that I make very carefully. If I get them right, the painting, like the person moves and breathes. - Sherrill Cooper

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“Off Track Art” is an artists’ collective and gallery located in the historic Liberty Building at 11 Liberty Street – next to the railroad tracks, off of the Sentinel parking lot at the corner of West Main St and MD 27-Liberty St - in downtown Westminster, Maryland.

For over 5-years, the partners in the coop have been dedicated to advancing the arts in Westminster as well as the careers, ideas, and artistic visions of its members.

The coop partners include, Kevin Dayhoff, Gail Elwell, Linda Van Hart, Judy Goodyear, Charlotte Laslo, Joyce Schaum, Carolyn Seabolt, Robert Waddell, Nick Corso, and Gordon Wickes.

The inspiration for forming the co-op was spearheaded by local artists Susan Williamson & Pam Zappardino. After discussions and organizational meetings in December 2008, Off Track opened its doors in January 2009 and had its grand opening on Feb. 13th, 2009.

If you come: the Opening Reception for painter Sherrill Cooper is scheduled for May 2, 2014, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information go to:

Off Track Art Gallery
11 Liberty St., Side Entrance
Westminster, MD 21157


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