Sharber's art 'therapy' on display at library through May

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By Phyllis McLaughlin

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Despite having enjoyed art classes as a high school student, it wasn’t until about four years ago that Diana Sharber found her way back to that passion.

A Christmas gift of painting lessons from her husband, Jim, sparked her creativity – examples of which are on display through the end of May at the Trimble County Public Library. The show is mostly paintings, but also includes a homegrown gourd she painted and a quilt she made.

“I enjoy crafts, working with my hands. I’m always busy,” Sharber said during a reception in her honor at the library Thursday, April 29. “It’s good therapy.”

Her daughter, Katie, a senior at Trimble County High School, agreed. She said painting is her mom’s natural stress reliever.

To be a good painter, Sharber said it isn’t necessary to be able to draw or sketch well, particularly using the method her teacher, Vickie Eldridge of Apple Tree Studio in Beford, uses in her painting classes.

Though she is starting to dabble with acrylics, all of her works as an adult painter are in oils – which takes a lot of patience. “Oil has to cure several days, so it takes longer; there are a lot of layers.”

She said Jim is her best critic, helping her to get her perspective right, especially in horse paintings. She also uses another Eldridge technique – turning the painting upside down, to see it from a different angle.

“It forces you to see problems with perspective,” or the shapes of buildings or other objects, she said.