Nancy Watterson Scharf is the featured artist at the Pacific Rim Gallery through July 31.

Scharf's style is to find the universal in the mundane in a world inhabited by ordinary people. She uses symbolism, and in the under layer of each work is a stenciled or painted symbol that relates to the overall meaning of the piece.

Scharf grew up on a farm in a rural Willamette Valley community, and nature has a strong presence in her work. She studied art and drawing at the University of Oregon and has served as the Sisters Middle School visual arts teacher since 1997. She is a member of the Oregon Watercolor Society and both the state and national Art Education Associations. Scharf lives with her husband and the youngest of their four children in Sisters.

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