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9/11/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
New exhibit offers variety of subjects at First Central Gallery

By Kate Howes
Staff writer

The works of another area artist are on display at the First Central Gallery, located in the lobby of the Operahouse Theatre in downtown DeWitt.

Sheryl Lammers of Davenport says her artistic influences have been her father, who sketched in pencil for her as a child; her brother, who is both a painter and sculptor; and a dear friend, Virginia Jackson.

Although her "day job" consists of working in a medical lab, Lammers says she's been painting on her own time for the past 25-30 years.

Lammer's techniques and skills as a painter would be considered professional, even though she is an emerging artist with a detailed sense of style.

"I like to do wildlife the best," Lammers relates. "Pastel is the medium I like the best."

Yet, Lammer's interests and abilities vary, as reflected in her exhibit.

She uses traditional methods whether painting in oil, watercolor or soft pastels. Her focus mainly is pastels and the subject matter differs from portraits to landscapes, and wildlife to still life.

Lammers says she also enjoys doing commissioned paintings for clients who have something special in mind.

She has received a lot of recognition for her art, including when WQPT invited her to be the featured artist on the "Creators" series, hosted by Ralph Iaccarino on the "Quad Cities Life and Times" show.

Lammers has won awards at many of the exhibits in which she has participated, including the Quad City Arts Cat Show exhibition in 2005 and best of show at the Geneseo Maple City Fine Arts exhibition in 2005.

Lammers often shows at the Left Bank Art League Gallery in the District of Rock Island.

As far as her exhibit at the First Central Gallery is concerned, Lammers says she hopes visitors simply will be able to understand the value of art in society.

"I want people to come away with an appreciation of art," she relates. "I want them to want to support the artists who all are struggling in this economy. I just want them to enjoy it."

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