Exhibit by Shari Chandler
Shari Chandler’s whole world is a series of paintings. She can’t view the world any other way.
July 24 – September 1, 2023
Thursday, August 11th from 5:00-8:00pm
“Daily, in the beauty around me; trees, clouds, snow, light, color, I am inspired, and already imagining the scene as a painting. Painting is my way of saying, “this scene, this is how I see it, this is the world I live in.”
Shari was taught how to paint at an early age by her grandparents in Oklahoma. She initially pursued art as a major at the University of Kansas, but eventually changed paths and was an archaeologist in Arizona and New Mexico for over a decade. Shari finally got back to painting after rekindling her love of art while illustrating her masters thesis in 2000.
Since then, she has been represented by galleries in Scottsdale, Santa Fe, and her hometown of Silver City, NM. She has had paintings in numerous shows (including the Sweet Pea Festival’s juried shows), but the highlight was having a piece in the 2002 Arts for the Parks Competition. This painting was one of eight featured in Southwest Art Magazine’s article about the show (February 2003 issue).
Shari moved to Bozeman in 2017 to live with her fiancé. He passed away a year later, but she now considers Bozeman home, and is inspired daily by the changing vistas and beauty that surrounds her.