Time for a Yart Sale 

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Shari Black with some of her “yart.” (Submitted photo)

Shari Black with some of her “yart.” (Submitted photo)

By Heather Lusk

On sunny weekends, on the corner of Main and Ash Streets is a sign that may require a second glance.

“Yart Sale” it announces.

Canvases with beach scenes, Indiana barns and animals are strung across the yard, along with reclaimed wood signs and painted windows, all works by the artist who lives on the property.

Shari Black’s yard art also includes sculpture or painting on less conventional items.

“I can’t take it with me,” she said. “So if I can find a home of someone who really likes and really wants it, it’s better than holding onto it.”

Black discovered her love of creating art at a Wine and Canvas outing with her daughter a few years ago. She returned each month until the expense compelled her to create paintings on her own.

“I thought, ‘Where has this been all my life?’” said Black. “But life takes you down different paths.”

“Every chapter in life prepares you for the next chapter in life,” she said.

She spent one of her life’s chapters in the Bahamas and Florida, and much of her inspiration comes from those memories. She includes birds in her paintings to represent the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

She’s willing to try different things with her art, painting people, dogs and abstract pieces. But her favorite images are those with palm trees, seascapes and sand. Often she will take a photo from a magazine and recreate it, such as a recent painting of a marine ray.

“I do enjoy taking a white canvas or a barn wood and brushing color on it,” said Black.

The divorced Black has learned to “let it go” and create her own space through her art. “This is my canvas, this is my world and I get to do whatever I want, paint it however I want.”

What began as a hobby has become therapeutic.

“I’m getting to a point where I’m happy always,” she said.


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