Sandy Springs abstract artist displays work at City Hall | Sandy Springs News

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — When she paints, Fran Scher says she is an observer.

“It’s totally a journey. It’s totally intuitive,” Scher said. “Every stroke informs the next stroke.”

Her abstract work, on display at Sandy Springs City Hall, takes on a pastel color palette, indicative of spring, but broken up with dissonant strokes of black. A Sandy Springs resident, Scher has had her paintings showcased in local Atlanta galleries and in collections around the world.

Around 50 people attended the gallery’s opening reception May 3. City Hall’s lobby serves as a rotating art gallery and changes every quarter. Scher’s paintings will hang through the beginning of August.

Starting with paint-by-numbers as a child, Scher went on to become an arts education teacher. But she always painted “here and there.” While her kids napped, she would go to the basement to paint. Scher got involved in painting groups when she moved to Atlanta and began submitting her work, with more courage.

Scher, 77, described her experience in painting “abstract reality,” or what is more representative. Maybe the painting would be of a dog or a person, she said, but technical elements would be broken apart.

In the current display, more searching may be required to find some semblance of reality. But if you stare at it long enough, you might see familiar figures, and in some, they perform familiar actions.

With any painting, Scher said viewers bring their own experience to interpretation, but perhaps more with abstract work.

“When you look at an abstract painting, each time you might focus on something else, and see things differently,” Scher said. “But the painting hasn’t changed. It’s the viewer that changes the painting.”

Scher said abstract work allows for more self-expression. Unlike photorealism, she said her work is more whimsical. But she…

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