Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


February 6, 2014

Eyes to the sky

Local art instructor turns public's attention to a shared view

An Andover art instructor has organized a winter exhibit in downtown Haverhill that’s open free to the public with one caveat: You must leave your wallet at home.

“Under the Same Sky” displays 750, 4-by-6-inch photographs of the sky from around world.

Sharon Silverman said the premise behind the show concept is simple.

“It’s art for art’s sake,” she said. “I do it because it’s a nice things to do for the arts.”

The pictures, coming from 19 countries, were submitted by 93 artists, including some of Silverman’s own students at The Studio at Dundee Park in Andover. The show runs through the end of February at Angles and Art Gallery (lower level), 80 Wingate St., Haverhill.

Silverman came up with the idea for the “Same Sky” exhibit more than a year ago.

“I was sick of all the negativity that we get bombarded with,” she said. “This exhibit is a metaphor for peace. No matter what your circumstances, we are all under the same sky. People really responded to that idea.”

Silverman reached out to the International Union of Mail Artists, a global organization that supports free art events. Artists in the union submit their work to the person putting on a show, with the understanding that the show must be free to the public and none of the work is for sale during or after the exhibit. A member of the group for years, Silverman has sent her art to shows around the world.

“The whole philosophy of ‘free’ is something that I’m really passionate about,” she said. “It is a totally different philosophy from what this country is used to. When you take the ego out of art and take the money out, it blows people’s minds. They can’t wrap their heads around the fact that it’s free and there is nothing to buy.”

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