About

Sharon Giles SWA SWS is a visual artist and art webmaster located in (and native to) North Texas. She is a former medical librarian and online researcher.

She is currently the webmaster (along with Nancy Friedel) of Art News DFW,  a major visual arts resource for the North Texas area. The website is devoted to news of art events hosted by nonprofit visual art groups in the North Texas area plus news about local artists. Find out about exhibits, meetings, art instruction, art festivals, and opportunities for artists. You can also subscribe to daily or weekly email newsletters for free.

Sharon is also the longtime webmaster for the Irving Art Association and provides web tech support for the Society of Watercolor Artists in Fort Worth. For three years she was also the webmaster for the Southwestern Watercolor Society in Dallas.

It’s hard to pin her down about her favorite art medium — she likes to try them all: collage, all forms of watermedia, marbling, and printmaking (monoprints). She even dabbles in encaustics (wax painting), oils and pastel upon occasion.

In 2011 and 2012 Sharon demonstrated the Japanese art of marbling on paper called Suminagashi for local art societies plus taught several workshops on the fascinating technique. In September she taught a mini-workshop on using watercolor on Yupo (plastic paper) for Articrafters in Arlington. In November she 2012 demo’ed acrylic collage for the Texas Area Artists in Mesquite.

In 2013 she is working with local artists and crafters in the Irving Artists & Crafters Group in teaching how to use the Gelli Arts Plate in acrylic printmaking. In Nov. she will demo Suminagashi again for the Mid Cities Fine Artists.

Recent honors:

  • MorningTide1800June 2013: Third in the Art in the Round category at the 2013 Trinity Arts Guild Open Show for acrylic monotype/watermedia painting “Morning Tide”
  • GreenMansions1800May 2013: First in Watermedia at the Irving Art Association 2013 Juried Members Show for watermedia “Green Mansions”
  • Sept. 2012: Awarded Signature Status with the Southwestern Watercolor Society
  • GuardDutyrev1200Sept. 2012: First in Watermedia / Mixed Media at the 4th Pet Art Show for the watercolor on Yupo “Guard Duty”
  • Apr. 2012: First in Graphics, Pastels, 3D at the Trinity Arts Guild Members Juried Show for the monoprint “Kittens, Watchful”KittensWatchful1800
  • Jan. 2012: Awarded Signature Status with the Society of Watercolor Artists
  • IceCreamHoundsBelize1800Sept. 2011: Second Place in Watermedia, 3rd Pet Art Show for the watercolor on Yupo “Ice Cream Hounds, Belize”
  • MizScarlett1200Apr. 2011: Honorable Mention in Mixed Media at the 26th Texas & Neighbors Regional Exhibit for the acrylic collage “Miz Scarlett”
  • ElephantEmbraceJune 2009: Second in Watermedia, Trinity Arts Guild Open Juried Show for the watercolor “Elephant Embrace”
  • OneWhiteRoseRev1000May 2009: Special Award, Irving Art Association Members Juried Show for the watercolor on Yupo “One White Rose”

5 thoughts on “About”

  1. oh Sharon how I wish I could attend your course on making gelatin prints using watercolor!! But I am living here in the United Kingdom.
    Please will you tell me what it is that makes this process work – is there an ingredient like for example glycerine or gum arabic or what ??
    I am really wishing I could find an answer. I was thinking to try mixing Createx Monotype printmaking medium BUT they dont sell that product here in the UK. I have a feeling that it would be really helpful. I read their blurb about how to use their inks an dit seems you can let them dry on the plate and later on put them through the press as you would do with watercolor monotype printmaking. Hope you are enjoying your own art. best wishes

    Aine Scannell

  2. Sharon,

    I came across your website Art News DFW, and I wanted to reach out to you about a project that my company is working on in The Cedars neighborhood of Dallas. The project is an art, retail and culinary pop-up, providing low-cost studio and event space for artists. The studios will be constructed out of refurbished shipping containers, which can then be moved to new pop-up locations.

    I was hoping that perhaps you would have a few minutes to discuss the project. Given how active you are in the community I thought you would be an ideal resource to give us your thoughts about how to approach artists who might be interested.

    Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.

    Cora MacLean
    (973) 760-0608

    1. My thoughts on how to market to artists: Post your opportunity on ArtNewsDFW.com, DallasArtsRevue.com, Art&Seek.net, maybe even Craigslist, etc. Contact the arts columnists at the Dallas Observer and Dallas News. Also the local Facebook groups are very effective free tools for getting the word out: Art Groups DFW, the Dallas Art Scene, Artist Call Dallas, Dallas Art Openings, Artexposure Dallas, and Dallas Arttalk. The artist group Art Love Magic is a youthful entrepreneurial group in your area you may want to contact. Plus the MAC is moving to the Cedars area.

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