Brooklyn, New York – A local artist who painted the official portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama, is recognized by two prominent North Shore elected officials. Assemblymember Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) and Senator James Gaughran (D-Northport) visited the Brooklyn studio of Glen Cove native Sharon Sprung to present a joint proclamation in recognition of her incredible achievement. The honor comes as Sprung’s masterful artwork hangs in permanent display on a White House wall after being unveiled in September.
Sprung believes her upbringing in Glen Cove was a major factor in her being selected for the prestigious honor.“Growing up in Glen Cove, in such a diverse community, I was exposed to people of all different ethnic groups and that was part of the beauty of Glen Cove,” Sprung said. “When Michelle saw my portfolio, I think she saw that I painted all different kinds of people and that comes from my roots in Glen Cove.”
Lavine is proud of Sprung’s connection to the city he loves so dearly. “This is hometown pride,” Lavine said.“That’s what Glen Cove is all about.Sharon is a remarkably talented artist.I am so proud of what she has accomplished and that she represents the diversity of the community.”
Gaughran felt privileged to meet the artist.“It is certainly an honor to meet Sharon,” Gaughran said.“She is an inspiration for so many people.Hopefully there will be some young women or men who will hear about her story and blossom into this themselves.”
Sprung is keeping very busy in the aftermath of the unveiling.In addition to teaching at the Art Students League of New York City, she is working on various current projects with several more planned after that.