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Artis exhibits Work in Genoa and San Miguel

By Sharon Van Den Berg

I will be exhibiting my art beginning June 3 at Gerardo Ruiz Gallery, from 5–8pm. The gallery is located behind the Fábrica Aurora. Just follow the signs on the fence around the duck pond and take the path by the river to gate four.

Art Opening
By Sharon Van Den Berg
Sat, Jun 3, 5–8pm
Gerardo Ruiz Gallery

My work has recently been exhibited at the Commenda de Pre, Genoa, Italy, March 1 to 15. Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa in the 1400s, and it is likely that he was once in the Commenda de Pre. A building that dates back to the 1100s, it was the first hospital in Italy and a resting place for travelers, including the pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land. It seemed particularly appropriate to me to exhibit my work in Genoa because I was born on Columbus Day.

Eleven of my paintings were introduced at the opening of the exhibition by the Cultural Ambassador for UNESCO, Prof. Manrico Murzi. He read one of his original poems in front of each of my paintings. The newspapers La Repubblica and Il Secolo XIX published articles on the exhibition. Il Secolo XIX’s interview can be seen on YouTube at

Locally, you can see more of my work in the May issue of San Miguel Artists magazine.

Some thoughts I have about art:

Have the sound and the emotion that Pavarotti sings into his music ever brought tears to your eyes, or caused you to feel on a very deep level? It didn’t matter if you did not understand the words. As an artist/painter, my goal is to create works that cause people to feel, think or remember on a deep level, and words are superfluous. Not any one of the arts or media has a monopoly on expressing feelings, courage or “The Force.” Those attributes come from the “inner” artist, no matter what genre or material they are using. My greatest satisfaction as an artist is when my work speaks to someone in a very personal way.

Artists reflect the times they are living in, and that includes the social, personal, political, and spiritual. All of those influences can be seen in my work. Many painters, including me, are adding collage to their work. This could be considered a trend. If, however, that means fitting within a particular category of art then I hope my work doesn’t. I believe it is important to challenge oneself as an artist and to create on the edge and beyond current trends. It is the way art moves forward.


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