Delray Couple in 80s Exhibit Art Together for the First Time at Weisman Center

“It’s like a secret being revealed,” says Risa Demato about the outstanding first-time exhibit featuring more than 50 combined works of art by Delray Beach residents Sydelle and Les Sher. Demato is Site Director of the Shirley & Barton Weisman Delray Community Center where the exhibit is on display until at least the end of June. A project of Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service, the Weisman Center is located at 7091 W. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach.

”Les and Sydelle Sher are not only amazingly talented artists, but also interesting, charming and wonderful people,” said Ralph Papa, President of Boca Artists’ Guild, an auxiliary of The Boca Raton Museum of Art, who arranged the exhibition. “After 60 years of marriage, they work in different styles and media, true to their own individual personalities.”

Sydelle, age 80, has been producing work for 20 years. “Sydelle is a self-taught, excellent artist whose oil paintings of children and women reflect her own beautiful and sensitive personality, continued Papa. “Her paintings are outstanding and attractive to all viewers of all ages, who cannot keep from smiling. Sydelle’s modesty is surprising, but she is really at one with her art.”

“Dr. Leslie Sher’s work is quite unique in its medium of brilliantly designed and executed compositions using cut up postage stamps,” said Papa. “His compositions include famous people and places as well as children and pets.” The exhibit includes 22 of his collages, including depictions of Walt Whitman, Dali, Picasso, Van Gogh, Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water,” the U.S. Capitol Building and the Statue of Liberty. Next to each original work is a blown up signed proof enabling the viewer to clearly see the artwork and the artist’s intent.

Dr. Sher, age 84, began to work in this particular medium only three years ago. His early interest in mechanical drawing led to a career in dentistry in the Detroit area, from which he retired in 1988 after 35 years of practice. The Shers were also very active in restoration and preservation of the downtown section of the Village of Holly, Michigan, where they became developers of antique malls and dealers of antique furniture from the Arts and Crafts Period (1900-1916). Originally college sweethearts, they have been married nearly 60 years.

“Generous as well as talented, the Shers even held a reception where they asked the guests to donate to the Weisman Center for its extensive senior programs and services,” said Demato.

To confirm dates and times, call the Weisman Center at 561-558-2100.

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