Drawing technique focus of showcase

The work of Hoosier artist Sarah Diane Salisbury will be on display at A Perfect Day Cafe in North Vernon during September. The display will feature her drawings in the ancient art of silverpoint.

Silverpoint drawings are painstakingly made by dragging a silver wire or point across a surface in a way that produces marks of varying tones, which eventually create a visible image on the surface. The method was once used by such masters as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Jan van Eyck.

The graphite pencil was invented in the 16th century and artists soon developed techniques to use the new pencil in their drawings. Because the graphite pencil was easier to use than silverpoint technique, silverpoint drawing became obsolete by the mid-18th century.

Using ancient manuscripts, European artists rediscovered silverpoint drawing techniques in the early 1900s. Today, silverpoint drawing often incorporates modern materials with ancient techniques.

Salisbury said she the is excited about expanding her work in silverpoint.

“It has enchanted me. I look forward to learning more about and producing more art with this almost forgotten medium,” she said.

Salisbury’s art display at A Perfect Day Cafe will also include her work in graphic pencil and paintings in acrylic, pastels and water colors.

A self-taught artist, Salisbury has won many awards in Indiana, and she is now preparing to enter other art competitions across the nation.

Salisbury has served on the Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant Panel and is a member of the Arts Council of Southern Indiana in New Albany, the Madison Art Club and Gallery in Madison and the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts in Seymour.

Salisbury was born in Pennsylvania in 1967 but has lived in Indiana since the 1980s. She lives with her husband, Dion Pait, and she has three adult children and 10 grandchildren.

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What: Display of art by Sarah Diane Salisbury.

When: Throughout September during normal business hours at A Perfect Day Cafe, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Where: 221 Walnut St., North Vernon.

Information: 812-346-1100.