The Parks & Recreation Department is bringing more art to North Myrtle Beach. Artists Everywhere is a monthly art display at City Hall to showcase our local artist’s talent and provide beautiful public displays for our residents and visitors. We are working hard to put together a great line up of local artists varying from painters, to sculptors, to potters, and much more.
The Parks & Recreation Department is proud to present the art created by
Sherry Strickland Martin
Sherry Strickland Martin, teacher of Visual Arts, specializes in Watercolor, Mixed Media and 2-D Design. Sherry received her BA in Studio Art at Limestone College in 1982. As a producing Fine Artist, she has shown her work in galleries/museums throughout the Carolinas, both in juried exhibitions, gallery sales, taught workshops, and does commissioned portraits and landscapes for the public. She is considered a watercolorist, but enjoys so many mediums it would be hard to put her in one category. Sherry incorporated her art company in 2001 while living and working in Hilton Head Island, producing cover artwork/designs for house wares product manufacturers nationwide through art licensing with an agency in New York. Products include: fabric design, note cards, woven tapestry items, internationally produced prints, dinnerware for International China, wastebaskets for Target, serving trays for Stein Mart and a host of others. While in Hilton Head, SC, she worked with Interior Designers for commissioned pieces, mural work as well as covers for annual local magazines. She was the featured artist for the Annual Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament for nine years where her original paintings for the illustrated Magazine covers were auctioned for Children’s charities annually. Sherry was commissioned by the Cincinnati Bengals NFL team for figure portraits and has done sports artworks for some PGA and NBA players, Clemson University, and the University of Georgia. She was nominated by Marvin Lewis (coach of the Bengals) for Sports Artist of the Year in 2007. One of Sherry’s paintings was featured on the cover of Tradition Homes magazine as she was part of a design group winning the Silver Medal for Design in the Southern Living Magazine home design competition held in Beaufort, SC.
In 2003 Sherry felt it was a calling later in her life/career to begin teaching. It began with new high school in Bluffton, SC. Sherry wrote the visual arts curriculum for the new school of 1300 students based on arts teachers teaching within their specific fields of expertise, thus giving visual arts high school students greater insights, understanding and depth in coursework. Sherry moved home to Myrtle Beach in 2007 after a bout with breast cancer to be near family and start a new life with a new career teaching art at St. James High School in Murrell’s Inlet.
Sherry continues to produce her own work in between teaching and sharing them with her students. “Most of my artwork, over 300 pieces, were lost in the Barefoot wildfire, as our home was a total loss, so I’ve had a lot of catching up to do to begin showing my artwork in Myrtle Beach. We are working on that and I’m enjoying the freedom to paint what I find interesting again”.
Sherry is recognized as a SC Watermedia Society Signature Member where her work won an award in 2013, 2014, 2015. The watercolors are part of the traveling exhibit through the State Museum annually. In May 2013, Sherry won Visual Artist of the Month for Grand Strand Arts and was juried into the 2013 Artfield’s first Annual Exhibition.
Sherry and her daughter created a scriptural tee design company in 2016, A”Maizy Grace, LLC to spread the gospel as Sherry was gifted, through art and design.
If you are a local artist interested in displaying your artwork, sculptures, pottery, etc. in the North Myrtle Beach’s City Hall as a part of the Artists Everywhere program, please submit an application.