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Sherman Library hosts artist talk by the mother/daughter duo, Sylvia Hierro and Dalia Hierro

April 8, 2019

The Sherman Library is hosting an artist talk, “Creating ‘Of the Sea’ Paintings,” by the mother and daughter duo Sylvia Hierro and Dalia Hierro, on Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m.

The event is part of the Sherman Library’s new series of Artist Talks. The “Of the Sea” exhibit on view through April 24.

The artists will talk about their physical process of making a painting and how this relates to their personal philosophy, according to a library news release, which added, “The ‘Of The Sea’ paintings are interpretations of two delightful creatures of the sea that give a sensation of floating and diving through the wonderful world of the ocean.”

Sylvia Hierro’s paintings range from the traditional Plein Air landscapes to vibrant collages. Her jellyfish paintings are the result of a back injury. In order to strengthen her core muscles, she began swimming, especially in the ocean. The subsequent experience of floating in the water reminded her of jellyfish.

“As I pondered this further, I realized that the essence of the jellyfish resonates with my need for freedom of movement, freedom to move without hindrance,” Sylvia Hierro was quoted as saying in the news release.

Dalia Hierro’s paintings, meanwhile, are filled with a depth of emotion, from her studies, to her organic abstractions to the World Trade Center series. Her paintings in this show feature narwhals. Often dubbed the unicorns of the sea, narwhals are strange and beautiful creatures with long tusks protruding from their head. The narwhal dives deep into the uncharted waters of our unconscious.

“I painted them until I reached a kind of peace with myself,” Dalia Hierro was quoted in the release. “The purpose of the narwhal’s lengthened tooth defies explanation. So, too, does my authentic self. The whale is at peace with its essence. So, too, will I be.”

The Sherman Library, 1 Sherman Center. Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursdays 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 860-354-2455, sl@biblio.org