Birchbark as canvas in Sanctuary

Apr 08, 2018
Sharon Boody Dean’s birch bark painting ofn woodpeckers is among those going on display at Rockland’s Sanctuary Gallery.

Rockland — Work by Lincolnville artist Sharon Boody Dean will be featured in the next Sanctuary Gallery show, opening with a 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. reception Sunday, April 15, at the Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St.

Dean is a good example of one who turned lemons into lemonade. After a severe back injury confined her to bed at age 30, she knew she had to do something to occupy her constrained situation. She picked up a paint brush, dabbed on some paint and began what is now, a successful career as an artist.

Dean paints on pieces of white birch that she gathers in the fall and spring from the trees surrounding her property. After drying and weighting the birch bark down, she paints images of nature, birds, foxes, bears and landscapes that catch her eyes. The bark gives the paintings a two-dimensional relief, which brings the images closer to the viewer. She won Best of Show and the People's Choice at the 2018 State of Maine Sportsmen Show.

The church is handicapped accessible via the upper church entrance. For Sanctuary Gallery hours, call 594-8656.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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