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Hudson -- A long-time local artist has his artwork on display at Peg's Gallery.
Artist Hilary H. Sheeter will turn 88 in July and has painted for more than 50 years, capturing the landscapes and buildings of familiar sites in Northeast Ohio.
But Sheeter also has captured far distant lands on his travels and shares the castles and cityscapes of Hudson's sister city, Landsberg, Bavaria, Germany, at Peg's Gallery through June 6.
Peg's Gallery, 10 W. Streetsboro St., is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. To 4 p.m.
Landsberg is on the Lech River, an ancient city dating to the Bronze Age and an important frontier town in the Roman Empire, Sheeter said.
On Aug. 26, 1984, Hudson and Landsberg became sister cities, encouraging visits between its residents. Sheeter and his wife, Beverly, visited Landsberg in 2011.
The couple, who live in Cuyahoga Falls, have been married 58 years and have five children, six grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
"It's (Landsberg) an old city but so nicely preserved," Sheeter said. "It was fantastic, because I'm a history nut, and I was able to take in the history and beauty. Stopping at these little historical cities for me was a thrill."
During the May 3 reception, Sheeter said he wished he could have stopped at each place longer and painted more.
In addition to Landsberg, they visited the towns of St. Wolfgang, Ludwig II's palace Herrenchiemsee and the city of Salzburg, site of the "Sound of Music."
With his sketch pad, camera and easel, Sheeter recorded his visual impressions and shares 22 works of art at Peg's Gallery. Most are for sale.
During the Landsberg trip, Sheeter said he sketched whatever he could.
"I work from camera, my quick sketches and memory," he said. "That's where these paintings come from. It was go, go, go. I did the best I could."
Sheeter began his art career with a home study course in oils while working full time at BF Goodrich as an aeronautical engineer.
"The greatest demand seems to be in watercolors," Sheeter said. "I enjoy watercolor the most, and its fast. Oil stains your clothes and hands, but watercolors you clean up with a rag and water."
Sheeter studied with Lowell E. Sinith of Hudson, John Pike of Woodstock, and Mark Moon of Cuyahoga Falls.
He admits he's not a portrait painter and said a landscape needs a building.
"It needs a combination of something man-made with nature," he said.
His favorite places for inspiration include Taos, New Mexico, Carolina low country, Maine Shore and Hudson.
An artist is always a student, never stops learning and always grow, Sheeter said.
His watercolors capture the classic architecture of historic buildings, and he has painted more than 100 homes as well as the Hudson City Logo.
"I guess you're going somewhere when you find your artwork on the side of a garbage truck," Sheeter said.
Sheeter shared how he painted a house with 13 windows and varied the curtains but the owner wanted them all the same to appear neater.
Sheeter belongs to the Ohio Water Society (charter member); American Watercolor Society (associate member); Whiskey Painters of America; Hudson Society of Artists; Cuyahoga Valley Art Center; and Crooked River Gang.
Sheeter, who has been honored as one of 70 Hudsonites of Distinction, has regular shows in the Western Reserve Academy Moos Gallery.