Art Gallery on Pendleton Square is proud to announce that Co-op member and ceramic artist Sharon Jones has completed her work on the Church Street Heritage Project in downtown Anderson, South Carolina. The project was conceived following the 2007 installation of a monument honoring Church Street’s thriving African-American commerce in Anderson from 1900 through 1980. The citizens on Church Street were educated, professional business owners who served as role models.
Sharon’s interest in the Church Street Heritage Project was piqued in 2008, around the time that the documentary film,“Trading Church Street: Pride, Prejudice and a Parking Lot” premiered. Several years later when the public art team was forming, she was mentioned by a colleague at Tri-county Tech as a potential resource for the group because of her artistic talent and knowledge of materials for the outdoors. She brought much more than that to the effort as she did her own primary research about the era and worked with Scott Foster to design and implement the final mosaics. From shaping the clay to glazing and firing and the final phase of placement and grouting, Sharon’s skill set proved invaluable to the team.
Born and raised in Seattle, Sharon is drawn to the outdoors and holds an MS degree in Materials and Ceramic Engineering from the University of Washington. Her experience as an engineer, teacher, and artist make her art unique and versatile. Her beautiful tiles and mosaics range from single framed tiles to a 75-foot public art mural created from 2300 tiles in Wilmington, Delaware, depicting cultural and historic events of that area. She was recently commissioned by the University of South Carolina to create a mosaic of the Gamecock, which is featured in the President’s Box at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. Now living in Pendleton, South Carolina, Sharon offers her skills as a mentor, tutor, and volunteer in addition to her professional career.