As a child, Sara Demrow Dent grew up painting and writing poetry. Being an artist was not a choice for Dent, it was always simply "in her". Her first endeavors took place at her grandfather's farm, where she would draw anything and everything into "orderly drawings". Dent believes that her dyslexia helped her to embrace her artistry as she could draw things better than she could read them. Dent's architectural style of drawing helped her "to order her life when it felt chaotic".
Despite wanting to go to art school, Dent's family decided that she would have a safer career majoring in TV Production at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications. Luckily, Dent was able to continue her passion for art by minoring in Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics. Despite her major, Dent says, "The clay studio is where I spent most of my time." After college, Dent was able to build a ceramics studio in her basement and produced a line of dinnerware which was sold out of Eureka Crafts, a gallery located in Syracuse, New York where Dent was assistant manager.
After a move to California with her husband, Dent took up painting as a new artistic outlet. Her poetry and style of pottery (called sgraffito) inspired her painting and has led to her current artistic style. She begins by covering a canvas or wood panel in a deep, oxidized copper paint, and then draws on top of it with charcoal. After, she will fill the drawing with highly pigmented acrylic paint, and lastly add the poetry that she has written for the piece in a small script. Dent says that "These pieces have a flat surface and are meant to be like pages from my journals. The poetry is not meant to be able to be read by the viewer, instead, the words are meant to subtly imbue their underlying meaning into the piece."
Dent's poetry will often revisit similar themes such as time and family. Dent says that she wishes her poetry to bring the reader into a "present" state within their own experience of time. Dent approaches her seascapes similarly. Although they are much thicker, she still incorporates the poetry. In 2005, after the Death of her mother, Dent started to use the bird as a motif for her mother. Since then, the bird has come to represent her alter ego or family members.
After moving back to Massachusetts in 2002, Dent immediately began searching for local art sources. A year later, she found the Newburyport Art Association, joined, and from there her art "took off". By 2004, Dent had had her first one-person show in the Hills Gallery at the NAA, and in 2006 she was picked up and represented by the Chameleon Gallery. As the popularity her art grew, Dent was able to transition to the Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport. Currently, Dent is also a member of Concord Art, (formerly Concord Art Association) and has had multiple shows there. In 2013, Dent joined the NAA Board of Directors, and currently holds the title of Interim External Relations Director as the NAA searches for its new Executive Director. Dent plans to rejoin the board in June.
Currently, Dent works out of her studio in Newburyport and takes appointments for studio visits all year, as well as having an annual Open Studio Event each November. In the first two weeks of April, Sara Demrow Dent will also be having a one-person show at the NAA. The opening reception will be held on April 5th from 6-9pm. The title of the show is Journaled Landscapes: Floral, Fauna and the Sea. Dent says that she is, "honored and humbled and looks very much forward to the exhibition. I will be returning to my artistic roots and will be reviving my large magnolia branch work along with birds, florals and seascapes."
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