Any piece from the collection of oil
paintings created by the masterful hand of artist Sharon Sorrels is a closer
look into the local landscapes and coastal scenes she holds dear to her
Originally from Washington, D.C., Sorrels
migrated to Myrtle Beach with her late husband 13 years ago. The retirees were
in pursuit of a change of a pace, which also came with a huge change of scenery
in the South.
beautiful here and so inspiring,” she says. “My husband and I used to drive
around and take pictures of the marsh areas, and the inland rural areas. I was
fascinated by the tobacco fields and everything. It was just so different. I
took lots of pictures.”
were then transformed into Sorrels’ oil paintings of landscapes, waterscapes,
flower gardens and more lovely views of the people who live and work here. She then
began to poke around local galleries, like the Seacoast Artists Gallery, to
find out more about display opportunities, and took some workshops and classes
to brush up on her craft.
has always had her hand on a paintbrush. She earned a BFA in Design with minors in Art History and
Education from Howard University under renowned artists Lois Mailou Jones and
David Driskell. She went on to work at the National Gallery of Art and the
National Endowment for the Arts, followed by earning a master’s degree in
Library Science for an extended career within the DC public school system.
Today, Sorrels is heavily involved in the arts community here
in Myrtle Beach and statewide as a board member of the Waccamaw Arts and Crafts
Guild and the Seacoast Artists Guild, and vice president of the SC District
Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America.
Her work has been showcased in exhibitions and juried shows, where
she’s been honored as featured artist and received various awards, including
Best In Show. In addition to the Seacoast Gallery, you’ll find her oil,
watercolor, and acrylic paintings at the Mercy Care Art Gallery in Myrtle Beach
and the Georgetown Art Gallery in historic Georgetown.
“I’ve been with Seacoast since its inception about six years
ago for the collegiality with other artists,” says Sorrels. “The
location is fabulous, with many
residents and guests coming through.”
Layered on top of her talents in oil
painting, Sorrels says that lately she’s been exploring block printing, pastels, charcoal
and colored pencil, and making jewelry.
“I do keep busy
and I love it!” she says.
Seacoast regularly hosts art
exhibits, art sales, workshops and more. The upcoming Fall Show and Sale is
scheduled for Oct. 2-16. Many of its fundraising efforts are donated to youth
programs, including a $1,000 scholarship for a deserving graduating senior from
both Horry County and Georgetown County. Sorrels will also be participating in
the next Art in Common Art Show in Valor Park Sept. 21 and 22.
For more info on Sorrels, visit
sharonsorrels.pixels.com; for more info on Seacoast, visit seacoastartistsguild.com.