After finishing school in Arkansas City, Sharon Olmstead spent many years in various locations across the United States. Three decades ago, she and her husband returned to Cowley County and settled on the Bar CO ranch, on the banks of the Walnut River between Arkansas City and Winfield.
Though Olmstead balks at defining herself as an artist, she has lived a creative life. “I like to play,” she said. “Art is in everything. All you have to do is look and really see. When you do, you’ll expand your mind, your heart, and your soul.”
Olmstead’s Gallery 1001 exhibits reflect her vision. She specializes in mixed media art, using acrylic and fabric combinations. Her jewelry creations often re-purpose found objects such as buttons into delightful pins, bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
“Besides keeping me off the street and out of trouble, making my pieces brings me joy and a feeling of success when a project really turns out well.”
Now retired to their ranch, Olmstead fills her days with art, tends her garden, and stays active with her family. She and her husband Kent raised two children and enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren.
Memories; acrylic and paper clay; 16 x 20; $50
Jewelry; mixed media; prices range from $12 to #35
Sea glass on party servers; prices range from $8 to $20
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Piety; mixed media; 9 x 9 x 2; $25