Getting to know painter and sand sculptor Emerson Schreiner

Just in time for his March 1 opening reception at Light Gallery + Studio, Holly Bechiri sat down to talk to Emerson Schreiner, painter and sand sculptor. Tune into the podcast on Spotify or iTunes to learn all about both of these creative pursuits from this young painter who is making his living as a working artist.


Emerson’s new exhibition, “Sweetness and Darkness,” opens March 1 at Light Gallery + Studio, and remains on view for the month of March. You can meet the artist and have your own conversation with him from 6-9 p.m. Friday night, March 1, during the artist’s reception, or check the open hours for Light Gallery below for other times to take in his new work.

We talk about that new body of work, and where the concept for the show title came from, as well as figuring out when to stop adding more layers to a work and how he works towards multiple layers of meaning for the viewer.

We also find out about his sand sculpture summers, and the varied ways that artists and creatives put various career pursuits together to make a living as a working artist.

To learn more about Emerson and his work, you can visit his website or Tumblr, or follow him on Instagram at @emersonmakesthings, but of course, this work needs to be seen in person, so be sure to stop by Light Gallery + Studio during the month of March to see his most recent work.

“Sweetness and Darkness”
Opening Reception Friday, March 1, 6-9 p.m.
Light Gallery + Studio
317 Division Avenue South

Gallery Open Hours:
Tuesday-Friday 11-7
Saturdays 11-3
Closed Sundays and Mondays

All images courtesy of Emerson Schreiner & Light Gallery + Studio