Pharr Schulenburg, Paintings

September 4 - October 6, 2018

Glads, oil on canvas
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I am a visual person. Sunlight inspires me. I am intrigued by the way light creates beauty and drama. I am attracted to the organic, sensual shapes of figures, flowers, and fruit. My paintings are my expression of the inner joy, buzz, excitement, ache I feel as the sun's light strikes, basks, bathes and transforms the recipient of its light.
– Artist's statement.

Pharr Schulenburg lives in Eastham, MA with her husband, Paul. Paul Schulenburg is a painter of considerable renown with a reputation that extends well beyond his Cape Cod base. A favorite gathering spot for Cape Cod artists is the Wednesday evening painting sessions Paul hosts in his studio, a customized barn adjacent to his house. Warm, thoughtful and personable, he excels in his role of champion of the local art scene. He also happens to be a friend of mine, with a history that begins with our freshman year at Boston University School for the Arts.

Pink Orange
Pink Orange, oil on canvas
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A reader might wonder why I make this introduction with such emphasis on Paul's story. It is not, after all, his work is featured beginning September 5. I have brought seven paintings, from the house in Eastham, here to Groton. There is so much I love about these paintings apart from the lovely and sensitive coloration. The visible charcoal sketch lines expose the process to the viewer, and suggest, perhaps, a bit of struggle with the uncertainties. Conflicts and possibilities play out to vivid and harmonious resolutions. It is the work of the quiet Schulenburg.

Pharr is a professional Graphic Designer, and, though currently not actively publicizing her fine art, she has a successful history of gallery representation and exhibition. This summer she was among 42 artists participating in a Figure themed show at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. My reaction that she "stole the show" was validated in several conversations.

Devoted, oil on canvas
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She appeared in the June 2007 issue of American Art Collector. She was a subject for an article in Cape Cod View, and the Arts Edition of Cape Cod Life featured her work on the cover.

Pharr graduated Valedictorian in 1990 from The University of the Arts, The College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. She received several merit awards including the Beitzel Award for Excellence. Also, Pharr has a BA in psychology from Allegheny College.

I hope you enjoy this Sibly Hall exhibit as much as I do. I will be pleased to reply to any inquiries and comments. A guest book will be available at the show, and I welcome emails sent to Pharr is not planning to travel to Groton.

This exhibit is made possible by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust.

Ken Hansen,

Lilies, oil + charcoal/wood
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