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“Hawk,” an etching by Sheryl Steiger Young.

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Artwork of Sheryl Steiger Young featured at Gallery in the Woods

BRATTLEBORO—Sheryl Steiger Young’s animal etchings are featured during the month of May at Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., with an opening during Gallery Walk on Friday, May 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Fine line drawing and attention to minute detail characterize Young’s art work. Her etchings take the observer where neither beast, tree, nor landscape is what it appears to be, but rather a precious spirit or place where hidden images, both real and imagined, merge.

Young first began etching nearly 50 years ago when she wanted to send her art into the world, but also wanted to keep her beloved works. Inspired by masters Albrecht Dürer and Martin Schongauer, her technique is much the same as theirs, using copper plates and a press to imprint images.

The focus is on animals for the upcoming exhibit — especially endangered species — in the hope that bringing each animal’s intensely personal connection with viewers will change their response to a much more concerned and empathetic point of view. The nature and animal studies are the root of her work, expressing all the perfection and beauty one could possibly be privileged to enjoy in the world.

For more information, go to galleryinthewoods.com, or call 802-257-4777.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #660 (Wednesday, April 20, 2022). This story appeared on page B3.

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