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Sharpie Show

What: Artwork created with Sharpie markers.

Where: Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, 437 E. Berry St.

When: Friday-July 6. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; noon-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission: Suggested $2 donation.

Etc.: An opening reception will be 6-9 p.m. Friday.

Artlink show explores pen's creative range

Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 12:01 am

Who doesn't love a Sharpie? Whether you're labeling files, addressing a birthday card or doodling, the permanent markers available in a rainbow of colors are so much more fun than a basic ballpoint pen.

With their various tips and myriad colors, Sharpies provide endless creative possibilities. The artists panel at Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery recognized this and put out a call for entries for an exhibit in which each piece has an element of Sharpie design. The Sharpie Show opens Friday and closes July 6.

“There's something fun about Sharpies,” said Artlink executive director Deb Washler. Although artists have been using markers for years – including brands other than Sharpie – “Sharpie kind of has its own culture,” she said.

“I like all the colors they come out with,” she added. Some people in the arts field now use Sharpies when taking notes, Washler said.

About 70 pieces will be in this show, which was an open call, meaning it's not juried. “That's how we meet new artists,” Washler said.

The call resulted in a wide variety of submissions, from a pair of tennis shoes decorated with Sharpies to landscapes, graffiti-style art, illustrative work, pottery, paper cuttings and more.

“It's a good tool to blend with other media,” Washler said.

Local artists with work in the show include Don Osos, Justin Henry Miller and Kristy Jo Beber.