Northborough Artist To Sell Work At Westborough Gallery

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Northborough artist Sarah Utka says a lot of her recent work has been based on the nautilus, including this piece, which will be on display at the Westborough Gallery. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — It was just last year that watercolor painter Sarah Utka began attempting to sell her artwork, and she still struggles with one thing: 

How do you price something that's priceless? 

"It's very difficult; it's been challenging to figure out what to price things," said Utka, whose work will go on display Sunday at the Westborough Gallery. "I'm very conservative. Some pieces I'm very attached to."

Utka, who has lived and worked in Northborough for the past 16 years, said she's sold five pieces so far. Her mixed-media works range from $50 to $700, based on the amount of work and framing. 

"The act of giving them away and having someone say, 'I really like this, I want this in my home' is always a good feeling," she said. 

Utka, who majored in fine arts at Bridgewater State University, said she's been interested in painting since she was a high school student. 

She always has a design in mind when she begins a painting, but says it's the "process" of the piece she enjoys most. 

"I always did art on the side for my own pleasure and enjoyment," she said. "I lose the attachment a bit when it's done. So if someone else enjoys it, that's awesome."

Her display, "Colour and Contrast," will be shown at the Westbrough Gallery from Sunday, Jan. 27, through Sunday, April 21. 

An opening reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. 

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