2017 SUMMER SOIRÉE STUDENT ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: MAGGIE SHERIDAN

The invitation for the Friends of the Marblehead Public School’s Summer Soiree features beautiful artwork from recent graduate and talented artist, Maggie Sheridan. She was able to re-create the incredible view from the seaside home of Libby & Steve Gransbury, the hosts of this year’s Soiree.

Summer Soirée drawing

Maggie will be attending The College of William & Mary next year where she will continue her studies and her love of art, which she says started at a very young age. She used to play ‘fashion designer,’ and put little dolls into the clothes she designed, which inspired her to draw more and more, admitting she got a little obsessed, but that it definitely helped to improve her skills.

In grammar school Maggie enjoyed art class and said she was considered one of the kids who was “good at art.” But it was in high school when she really started to excel saying, “Teachers are more skill based focused in high school. Being in classes with kids who want to be doing art and learn more about it coupled with the challenging coursework, it’s hard not to improve in those conditions.”

She took Studio Art all four years, and photography as a freshman, and says she’s really self motivated to create art because she really enjoys the process, especially observational drawing using her preferred medium, charcoal and pencil. 

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The invitation is painted using gouache, which is a water based paint similar to watercolors, is another medium she enjoys and says she learned how to do on her own using some of the skills she learned in class.

In addition to creating art, Maggie is also very active member of the Marblehead High School theater arts program. She credits Marblehead Little Theater and Rebel Shakespeare, a 7th grade program at the Veterans Middle School initially funded with a FMPS grant, with inspiring her to pursue acting. She starred in this year’s production of “The Sound of Music” as Elsa Schaeder, and was the lead in “The Tempest.” 

Below are just a few examples of Maggie’s artwork. The piece titled, ‘Tirdhreacha’ received second prize at the Sixth Congressional District High School Art Competition.

Tirdhreacha | M. Sheridan

Thanks so much Maggie for sharing your many talents with us!

Summer Soirée tickets are still available online or at the door. Hope to see you there!

2018 Summer Soirée