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Artist takes lessons online after virus cancelations

Art goes online Left, artist Sheri Liebschner poses with one of her recent works. She is instructing free art classes online, after her efforts had been temporarily shuttered in person by the coronavirus quarantine. A recent piece by Liebschner shows off the riverside glory of the East Liverpool landscape. (Submitted photos)

EAST LIVERPOOL — The coronavirus quarantine has meant change to the life that we once knew, and this even was acknowledged by a local artist who recently shared her talents in art instruction online.

“I decided to start having a Zoom-based art class, when I realized our lives probably would not be getting back to normal anytime soon,” Sheri Liebschner explained. She had been teaching painting classes at the Museum of Ceramics on Monday mornings and Thursday evenings as well as the Daydreamers studio in Salem. That along with her Saturday workshop scheduled earlier this month in the East Liverpool Community and Learning Center had to be canceled due to the coronavirus crisis.

Missing her student artists and friends, Liebschner decided to go online. “I was missing …. being able to share their successes and pictures of their work on Facebook and Instagram. Many in the community responded positively on social media to our classes and the individual student effort, so I wanted to keep that spirit going.”

Although the COVID-19 crisis did hasten her actions, she had been thinking about offering online classes for a while. The classes are free and available to the community.

The online classes are pretty similar to her Museum of Ceramics’ classes, which she had began teaching in October. “Zoom allows participants to share audio and video, so we can share progress, problems and tips. Just like with the in-person class, we listen to music, share personal stories, local happenings and sometimes funny things too,” Liebschner continued, adding that she is still trying to work out some of the technical issues that have surfaced.

The class is at 10 a.m. Mondays and had been running around 40 minutes. However, Zoom has been extending that for the class to around 90 minutes at no additional charge.

Participants just need to download the free Zoom application on their computer, tablet or phone at http://zoom.us/Students. They provide their own supplies, and all experience levels are welcome.

Liebschner said that she inherited her love of art from her mother Carole, who is an accomplished artist in her own right. “She won awards for her paintings locally when I was growing up and has won quite a few recently in regional shows as well.”

She had studied art at Miami University and rediscovered it as an adult, taking continuing education classes in the evenings. This led to her signing up for some regular college art classes at the University of Akron, where she and her mother study with nationally recognized artist Christopher Leeper in Canfield. “Right now this is my day job, and it has really taken off over the past 12 months. I am represented by the Fine Art Sales Gallery at the Butler Institute of American Art”, where she sells original paintings and greeting cards.

Locally, the Museum of Ceramics also carries some of her smaller original works. For more information, visit www.sheriliebschner.com

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