Life in Miniature – Fairborn Daily Herald

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YELLOW SPRINGS — Sharon Mohler sculpts tiny scenes representative or inspired by her life, and is the Yellow Springs Arts Council’s Featured Artist for the month of August. Her work can be seen in YSAC’s virtual gallery throughout August, with a virtual reception at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 20 on the Yellow Springs Arts Council Facebook page.

“Each scene, brimming with its humorous and loving view of the world, tells one or more stories,” YSAC said in a statement.

Mohler has always been a designer, using whatever she finds at hand, from cardboard and fabric to paint and wire. If there’s something she can’t do, she finds a way to learn on her own. Mohler has created techniques that are unique to him and make his art unique and recognizable.

“The artist is a problem solver,” she said.

Mohler works in polymer clay, a colored clay that can be fired in a home oven and which opened up a new world of possibilities for the kind of art she wanted to make. She has been creating sculpted scenes for 40 years, using polymer clay, wire, acrylic paint and her imagination. They were simpler at first, when money for materials was tight, and grew larger and more elaborate over time. Miniature works are created at just over 1/12, the size commonly used for dollhouses.

She calls them The Ballads of 81 Years because “my pieces tell the same stories the ballads would sing if I were a better musician.”

For Mohler, life has been full of hurdles to overcome, from growing up in a home without electricity to being a single mother of four young children at a time when men were the primary breadwinners and women belonged in the home. Odd jobs and art exhibits, a healthy dose of laughter and tenacity, and the creative outlet of creating art helped her through these tough times. And luckily for us, she hasn’t finished sculpting her ballads yet.

The YSAC gallery is once again open for events, but Mohler has chosen to present her work in video format rather than in person, so that she can guide each visitor through the various dimensions of her work. The reception will include a conversation about each of the works and will conclude with a question and answer session.

Video tour can be viewed at https://www.ysartscouncil.org/gallery/

Photos submitted Sharon Mohler, August’s featured artist at the Yellow Springs Art Gallery, sculpts dollhouse-sized scenes out of clay. The pieces featured here are titled ‘Pumpkin Carving’, ‘Street Musicians’ and ‘You Can’t Wait for the Right Time’.

Photos submitted Sharon Mohler, August’s featured artist at the Yellow Springs Art Gallery, sculpts dollhouse-sized scenes out of clay. The pieces featured here are titled ‘Pumpkin Carving’, ‘Street Musicians’ and ‘You Can’t Wait for the Right Time’.

Photos submitted Sharon Mohler, August’s featured artist at the Yellow Springs Art Gallery, sculpts dollhouse-sized scenes out of clay. The pieces featured here are titled ‘Pumpkin Carving’, ‘Street Musicians’ and ‘You Can’t Wait for the Right Time’.

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