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Hollingsworth Art Gallery

Each month the Hollingsworth Art Gallery exhibits wildlife-themed art by local and by nationally-known artists. 

May 2017 - Artist of the Month

Vernon Sears 

Vernon Sears has been drawing since early childhood when he copied magazine illustrations and comic strip characters. His first “teachers” were Jon Gnagy and Dick Mansfield, both of whom had television shows in the forties and fifties, designed to teach drawing and illustrate stories. When he does cartooning, he says the influence of Mad Magazine’s illustrators is obvious. 
 
In 1976,Sears went to New York City and attended the National Academy School of Fine Art. He writes that he “gleaned” some things there, but that visiting parks, playgrounds, museums and theaters with a sketch book in hand was far more profitable. 
 
Sears was born in D.C. and raised in Mt. Rainer where he lives and works today. His preferred media include oils, acrylics, and oil pastels. He is active in veterans’ organizations and has done shows for the American Legion’s Women’s Auxiliary. One of his pieces exhibited at a creative arts show at the VA Hospital was selected for a national competition. For his last exhibit at Hollingsworth Sears promised oil pastels of birds and wildlife. Hopefully we’ll see them again. 
  

And Don't Miss...
 
Unique and lovely Peruvian carvings of birds from semi-precious stones will be featured in our display cases. Fellow-countryman, Giancarlo Readi, who worked closely with an artistic family near Lima, and who designed some of the pieces, is making them available for us to enjoy.
 
Last Updated: May 02, 2017
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