Many layers of artistry: Oracle’s Sharon Holnback

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By John Hernandez

Sharon Holnback is a multimedia artist and the owner of the Triangle L Ranch in Oracle. The historic ranch dates back to the 1880s and is now operated as a bed and breakfast. It is also a haven for artists and the home of the illuminated art festival “Glow”. The Glow is a two day nighttime art experience featuring illuminated art, food, fun, music, and entertainment. It coincides with the full moon in September.

Sharon is an accomplished artist. She has been a freelance commercial photographer and artist. She incorporates photography, glass, metalwork and painting into her artwork. Her art has been exhibited locally and in Tucson, Phoenix, California, New York, and as far away as Korea, Ireland and Japan. She and 12 other artists created the Desert Sculpture Path at the Triangle L Ranch. This path is a nature/art walk that includes sculptures, installations, and interactive works among the native plants, rock outcroppings and washes. During Glow, it features illuminated art additions and lighting for the regularly featured sculptures. The Desert Sculpture Path is open to the public during events or by appointment. Sharon would like to see the path grow into a Desert Sculpture Park.

The Triangle L Ranch is a place where history, nature and art blend to create a unique and friendly atmosphere. The ranch is a great place for weddings, family reunions, concerts, works shops and events. Most recent events include a community seed exchange provided by the San Pedro Seed Exchange and a concert featuring the 5th annual Kevin Pakulis Ranch Party Concert with the bands Coyote Supper Club and Hadji Banjovi and the Infinite Mercies; both events were held last month. Art workshops are planned for the Fall.

The Triangle L Ranch also has a gift shop offering items made by local artists including some of Sharon’s glass work. There is also the Adobe Barn Gallery that features some of Sharon’s inventive vignette art. Sharon uses many recycled items in her artwork including old bottles, rusted metal, old wood and broken glass. A piece of art in the barn includes a hood from an old Chevy automobile. It has been turned into a shrine. There is a solar shrine garden being planned for the ranch.

Sharon’s metal fabricating work includes metal garden art and sculptures. She was recently commissioned to do a shrine/marker for a family plot in the old Paradise Cemetery in Paradise, Arizona near Portal, New Mexico. Paradise, Arizona is a ghost town in Cochise County. It was a mining area in the 1880s. A post office was founded there in 1901 and closed in 1943.

If you would like to see some of Sharon’s work or stay at the Triangle L Ranch Bed & Breakfast contact Sharon at (520) 623-6732 or email: info@trianglelranch.com. Visit the website at www.trianglelranch.com. This year’s Glow will be on Sept. 20 and 21. Artists and volunteers are needed.

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